It looked like two boy-racers trying to outdo each other. Oracle’s skipper Jimmy Spithill dropped the marine equivalent of a wheelie and lost traction as Team New Zealand’s Dean Barker scorched past on starboard. It would have been a monumental start to what could have been the final race of America’s Cup 2013, but it wasn’t to be.
With just a second on the clock race officials called it off because of high winds, leaving Team New Zealand 8-1 ahead in the first-to-nine series.
Earlier, in the race 11 nailbiter, the kiwis won the start and led to the finish for a narrow win.
Across New Zealand, in homes, offices and school classrooms, people gathered around television and radio broadcasts hoping to celebrate the return of yachting’s most elusive trophy to Auckland.
They’ll have to wait at least one more night to see if that wish comes true.