Nelson sailing fans' already-frayed nerves have been tested again, with America's Cup racing postponed for another day.
Members of the Tasman Bay Cruising Club glared anxiously at their TV this morning, as Oracle fought back to win a fourth race.
Their victory meant Kiwi fans must wait another nervous night before Dean Barker and the boys can have another crack at the Cup.
"It's too bloody stressful," club commodore John Cotton said, after the Kiwis lost the race this morning.
And, "it's just frustrating", is all he could say after the second race was postponed. "We have six bottles of champagne here, just waiting to be opened."
He said the Cruising Club's TV will be on again tomorrow, and hopefully the bubbles would be poured in celebration.
Club member Frances Way said she felt truly sick during race 12.
She fondly remembers 1995, when Black Magic won the America's Cup under the watch of legendary skipper Sir Peter Blake, and she was hoping to re-experience the glory today.
But Mrs Way, who has seen many races in her time, was pragmatic about how the regatta is playing out, with more momentum shifts than a pendulum.
"That's yacht racing," she said. "The opera is not over until the fat lady sings."
Club member Ian Syme said Oracle skipper James Spithill deserved credit for the way he has been sailing, and also said he was a "bit of an Aussie, making a lot of noise".
Kiwi captain Dean Barker "sharpens up under pressure" and Mr Syme expected he would come back fast and fighting in the next race.
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