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The expression on Barker's face in the post race conference looked one of shock. His answers were short and unemotional. Spithill seemed to be shining and the press was hanging on his every word.

They say sports is 50% mental. If ETNZ doesn't get an emotional boost, the Big M Oracle is riding on may carry them through.

Whatever happens, I hope Ellison and company don't take the jury decision to court. For the rest of who are watching, that would only open wounds that are now beginning to heal.
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Oracle took the first race this afternoon, wire to wire. windward/leeward foul & penalty at the start killed NZ. Put them about 20 seconds back, and that was the winning margin.

Wow, dare we hope?? Every day Oracle has had the death-sword over them, and every day they've won.

TV better wake up and promote this if the series gets to "even".
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Anyone for The Impossible Dream?

Unbelievable! Oracle lost the start, were behind at Gate 1 and even further at Gate 2 and then on the upwind leg pass NZ and leave them in their wake and go on to a lead of over 1000 meters.

Tomorrow, weather permitting, the winner of the Cup will be decided.
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Looks hard for NZ to come back. Oracle just looks a lot faster at this point, gets on the foils and is stable once there.

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I'm hoping this get tied up 8-8. That would be an awesome following race!.....
Crystal ball? This series has been remarkable.

OTUSA is just simply out sailing ETNZ all day long. It seems to be rattling the Kiwis as they continue to incur penalties and make mistakes.


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In all of sports, where has there been a greater comeback than this could be?
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Crystal ball? This series has been remarkable.

OTUSA is just simply out sailing ETNZ all day long. It seems to be rattling the Kiwis as they continue to incur penalties and make mistakes.
I was so wrong.

OR is a completely different team/boat than the one in the first 6 races. Making up 200 meters UPWIND on NZ??? WTH???? Wasn't it just a couple of weeks ago that NZ was spanking OR upwind AND winning every start?

It will be a phenomenal last race. And I will honestly feel very bad for Deano if he loses this.

Yacht racing has just become a very exciting sport. Thank you LE.
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In all of sports, where has there been a greater comeback than this could be?
30 years ago tomorrow, Australia II came back from a 3-1 deficit in the best of 7 series to be the first ones to break the 132 year stranglehold the US had on the America's cup. The US boat, Liberty, had the lead in the final race over the 24 mile course. In the final 4-1/2 miles to the finish, Liberty tacked 47 times in an effort to get out of the bad air the Aussies were leaving them after they took the lead, but failed. Liberty skipper, Dennis Connor, was crucified for losing the Cup.

That was the first time in Cup history the series had gone the full 7 races. And the first time USA had lost. It made it on the front page of the two major Chicago newspapers (I still have the copies.)

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Yes, awesome comeback from 3-1 and in final race. But this was 8-1 with Oracle looking pretty hopeless. Now it is 8-8.

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30 years ago tomorrow, Australia II came back from a 3-1 deficit in the best of 7 series to be the first ones to break the 132 year stranglehold the US had on the America's cup. The US boat, Liberty, had the lead in the final race over the 24 mile course. In the final 4-1/2 miles to the finish, Liberty tacked 47 times in an effort to get out of the bad air the Aussies were leaving them after they took the lead, but failed. Liberty skipper, Dennis Connor, was crucified for losing the Cup.

That was the first time in Cup history the series had gone the full 7 races. And the first time USA had lost. It made it on the front page of the two major Chicago newspapers (I still have the copies.)

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..Yacht racing has just become a very exciting sport. Thank you LE.
I think I just vomited in mouth.

What's been most exciting is the comeback. If LE actually had anything to do with that, they'll just be more sanctions later.


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