David dominates goliath in the america’s cup: team new zealand still lacks a regatta victory at 8:1. Oracle team USA can only stop the challengers in san francisco bay if skipper jimmy spithill and his crew win nine in a row.
The americans had their backs to the wall from the start. The sailors from new zealand are simply too strong. "We just have to keep believing in it. We’re a strong team and we can win races," said oracle’s british tactician sir ben ainslie, the most successful olympic sailor in history with four gold medals, after his team lost again in the eleventh race.
Even new zealand’s skipper dean barker did not yet allow himself any anticipation of the triumph: "every victory here is very hard won. These are monumental battles. So you are grateful for every victory point."The "kiwis" have the next two chances in races twelve and 13 on friday night to make the third america’s cup triumph perfect for their country after 1995 and 2000.
Estimates suggest that more than half of new zealand’s population of around 4.4 million will watch the possible decision live on television. The new zealand herald newspaper wrote in its current edition: "A nation one step away from relaxing and thinking about the new ownership of the america’s cup."The winner of the america’s cup wins the rights to host the next edition.