They might be racing on ''glorified water skis,'' but even the saltiest sea dog was packed into the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club to watch the America's Cup races this morning.
But it will be a sleepless night for yachting enthusiasts, as a collective breath was let out when racing was postponed because of high winds.
The Wellington club was packed from 7am, with boaties Davey Jones and Charlotte Townsend among those who turned out to cheer on Team New Zealand.
The pair had just circumnavigated the North Island in Jones' restored classic wooden boat, after leaving Nelson in January.
They had taken a day off sailing to watch today's races. Team New Zealand needs two more wins to Oracle's eight.
''I sort of lost interest in it over the years, with all the legal issues and of course they're not real boats, they're more like glorified water skis, aren't they? You can't go across the Tasman in them,'' Jones said.
''But somehow my interest has picked up incredibly.''
The pair would stay the night in Wellington and planned to be back at the yacht club bright and early tomorrow morning.
Yacht Club commodore Geoff Herd said the waiting would be difficult, but that officials had made the right call in postponing the races.
''It's nerve-wracking, just with how close it's been and really wanting Team New Zealand to win and get the cup away from the big business influences in the States.
''I'd love to see it back in New Zealand, it's just a bit hard on the heart right at the moment.''
- © Fairfax NZ News
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