Oracle skipper Spithill's fighting words

19:23, Sep 16 2013
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Team New Zealand holds a slight advantage during race one.
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Team New Zealand in action during race two.
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Action from race two with San Francisco city in the background.
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Team New Zealand streak away to win race two against Oracle.
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Oracle in action during race two.
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San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge was hard to see during America's Cup racing on Monday (NZT) with heavy fog blanketing all but its highest point.
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Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker waves to the crowd after beating Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill in race five of the America's Cup Finals.
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Emirates Team Zew Zealand races ahead of Oracle Team USA as they pass in front of Alcatraz Island and the San Francisco skyline during race 5 of the America's Cup Finals.
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Emirates Team New Zealand follows Oracle Team USA around the first mark in race five on day three of the America's Cup 34.
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Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand tack upwind in front of Alcatraz Island during race 5 of the America's Cup Finals on September 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
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Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker warms up before racing against Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill in race five of the America's Cup Finals.
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The foredeck crew of Oracle Team USA work on a head sail after losing to Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 5 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco.
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Team New Zealand wave to fans after winning race seven.
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Team New Zealand and Oracle sail past Alcatrez during race seven.
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A view from above the Golden Gate Bridge during race six.
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Oracle cross the finish line well ahead of Team New Zealand in race nine.
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Team New Zealand and Oracle race in front of a giant cruise ship and the Bay Bridge during race nine.
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Action from race 10 of the America's Cup final.
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Team New Zealand lead Oracle during race 10 of the America's Cup.
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Team New Zealand crosses the finish line ahead of Oracle to win Race 11.
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Action from Race 11.
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Team Emirates New Zealand skipper Dean Barker talks with his crew after the scheduled second race of the day was postponed due to high winds.
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Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker celebrates after defeating Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill in race 11 during the America's Cup Finals.
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Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker celebrates after defeating Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill in race 11 during the America's Cup Finals.
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Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker celebrates after defeating Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill in race 11 during the America's Cup Finals.
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Oracle lead Team New Zealand during Race 12 of the America's Cup.
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Oracle and Team NZ speed past the Golden Gate Bridge during Race 12 of the America's Cup.
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Team NZ chases down Oracle during the early part of Race 13, which was eventually abandoned.
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Fog descends on the race course on San Francisco Bay as Team NZ awaits the start.
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Team New Zealand cross in front of Oracle on the second leg in Race 13.
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Team NZ and Oracle sail side-by-side before the start of Race 13, with the Bay Bridge in the backdrop.
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Team New Zealand and Oracle compete during Race 13, won by Oracle.
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Oracle take the lead in race 14 of the America's Cup.
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Team NZ and Oracle race in front of the Golden Gate Bridge during Race 14 of the America's Cup.
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Team NZ in action in Race 15.
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Team NZ attempt to chase Oracle down in Race 15.
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Action from race 16 of the America's Cup.
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Action from race 16 of the America's Cup.
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Sir Ben Ainslie of Oracle Team USA walks off the stage from the dock-out show before going out to race against Emirates Team New Zealand in race 17.
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Oracle sails ahead of Team New Zealand on their way to winning race 17.
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Oracle celebrate winning race 17.
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An anguished Dean Barker with head in hands after the Team New Zealand lost race 18.
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Oracle acknowledge the crowd after winning race 18.
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Oracle streak away from Team New Zealand to win race 18.
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Oracle owner Larry Ellison celebrates after his team won race 18.
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Race 19 begins.
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Team New Zealand battles Oracle during race 19.
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Team New Zealand battles Oracle during race 19.
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Oracle wins race 19, completing an amazing comeback and retaining the America's Cup.
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Oracle wins race 19, completing an amazing comeback and retaining the America's Cup.
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Oracle celebrate after winning Race 19, completing an amazing comeback and retaining America's Cup.
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Oracle celebrate after winning Race 19, completing an amazing comeback and retaining America's Cup.
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Team New Zealand battles Oracle during race 19.
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Oracle celebrate after winning Race 19, completing an amazing comeback and retaining America's Cup.
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James Spithill celebrates with the America's Cup.
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James Spithill celebrates with the America's Cup.
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A dejected Dean Barker waves to fans.
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Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill raises the America's Cup.
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Oracle tatician Sir Ben Ainslie drinks champagne from the America's Cup.
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison holds the America's Cup trophy aloft.

Aggressive Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill has set the tone for Oracle's America's Cup battle with a Twitter message featuring an F-bomb.

Having claimed a second win in yesterday's dramatic action to cut Team New Zealand's lead on the water to 6-2, Spithill started today in controversial fashion.

Spithill tweeted "No need for a hash tag" and attached a photo of a sign on a noticeboard that read "There is no "I" in: Just beat the F....ers".

Clearly Oracle are looking within for motivation in a desperate bid to hold on the Cup and Spithill wasn't shy to share that.

Regatta chief executive Stephen Barclay said he had not seen the tweet.

"I'll have a look at it. I love the fact that the athletes tweet and interact with the fans, it's great. From time to time in all sports and we aren't going to be any different, they are going to go a little bit on the edge," Barclay said.

"I'll have a look at it and I may need to have a little talk to him."

Spithill's tweet was removed from his account shortly after Barclay was asked about it at the morning briefing.

But it had spent more than an hour in cyberspace and drawn reaction from both sides.

Americans appeared to be supporting him and some Kiwis voiced their disapproval with their replies to the skipper, an Australian hired by Larry Ellison to helm his boat. 

Meanwhile, the weather looks set to draw this final out with New Zealand needing three wins to win claim the cup and Oracle needing nine wins to retain it.

Today's forecast was for conditions similar to yesterday when the winds got up to force the second race to be abandoned when Team New Zealand were leading, and fighting back from their near capsize in the earlier race.

Complicating matters today is the outgoing tide which will be stronger than yesterday, forcing the wind safety limits to come down to 20.8 knots in the first race and 21.4 knots in the second race.

Tomorrow is a layday and racing will resume on Wednesday.

"It's going to be close again," regatta director Iain Murray said of today's racing conditions.

"It's a micro-climate out there and it comes on 4-5 knots instantaneously."

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ORACLE: Australian James Spithill skippers Team USA.

Murray warned that things could get worse. "The weather forecast for Tuesday [Wednesday NZ time] looks particularly windy."

Meanwhile, Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton is listed to be on board for both races today.

Dalton was absent in yesterday's dramatic first race, meaning he remains the only sailor to be unbeaten after also missing the earlier loss on the occasional rotation system he works with fellow grinder Winston Macfarlane.

Kiwi fans are elevating Dalton to "lucky charm" status in the quest to get the job done.

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