As I predicted, the Kiwis are running away with the America's Cup. Watching the race yesterday, it was painfully obvious that besides the tacking error of the American team, the Oracle Team USA boat is slower upwind than Emirates Team New Zealand. I doubt if sufficient changes can be made to turn it around for Larry Ellison's team, however, they should be able to be competitive. Team NZ only needs 5 more wins to win the Cup whereas Team USA needs 10 wins. Odds would favor the Kiwis winning at least every other race from hereon out. Racing continues Thursday. Coverage at johnthecrowd.com and americascup.org.
Oracle calls time out in America's Cup after Kiwi trouncing | Reuters: "Larry Ellison's American team appeared shell-shocked and asked for the time out just before the start of race two, under a rule giving the teams the right to delay one race in the 17-race series for the world's oldest sporting trophy. The so-called postponement card is generally reserved for boat breakdowns. "We feel like we need to regroup," skipper Jimmy Spithill said at a post-race press conference. "It's obvious we've got to make some changes." Oracle faces an uphill battle, having started the regatta with a two-race penalty and without its first-choice wing-sail trimmer, Dirk de Ridder. An international jury punished the team for illegally modifying its smaller, 45-foot practice catamarans in a preliminary regatta. . . ."