Another day of agony for Team NZ fans

17:38, Sep 21 2013
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Team New Zealand fans at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in Wellington look disappointed as Race 13 is abandoned.
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John Hebberd and Dawn Carter check the time during the first attempt at Race 13, which was abandoned, at the Tasman Bay Cruising Club.
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Spectators react as the race is abandoned with Team NZ comfortably leading.
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Two Team New Zealand supporters react during Race 13.
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Disappointment is obvious on the faces of Team NZ fans as the first attempt at Race 13 is called off.
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Ella, 11 and Matt Wood, wait at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in Wellington on Sunday the for the delayed start to race 14 of the America's Cup.
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Ben Amor watches Oracle beat team New Zealand in race 14 of the 34th America's Cup at Wellington's Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club.
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Tina Norris, left, and Cheryl barber watch Oracle beat team New Zealand in race 14 of the 34th America's Cup at Wellington's Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club.
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Tania Loughlin watches Oracle beat team New Zealand in race 14 of the 34th America's Cup at Wellington's Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club.
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In New Plymouth, Joanne Pierce and Kevin Kerr anxiously watch this morning's racing.
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In Hamilton, Waikato University students Alyce Michell, left, and Rachel van Rossen watch today's races.
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In Christchurch, Naval Point Yacht Club members watch the yachting. John Cullens, left, Neil McKellar and Rob Angelo
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In Christchurch, Naval Point Yacht Club members watch the yachting. John Cullens, left, Neil McKellar and Rob Angelo
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It's all too much for this fan at Auckland's Shed 10.
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It's all too much for this fan at Auckland's Shed 10.
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It's all too much for this fan at Auckland's Shed 10.
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It's all too much for this fan at Auckland's Shed 10.
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It was nail-biting stuff during races 14 and 15 for these fans at Auckland's Shed 10.
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Tension was high for fans, like this one at Auckland's Shed 10, during races 14 and 15.
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Brenda Herd, at Wellington's Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, watches Oracle beat team New Zealand in race 16 of the 34th America's Cup.
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Mike West, left, and Dave Roberts, at Wellington's Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, watching Oracle beat team New Zealand in race 16 of the 34th America's Cup.
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Jeremy Johnson, at Wellington's Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, watching Oracle beat team New Zealand in race 16 of the 34th America's Cup.
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Toyota NZ employees watch Oracle beat team New Zealand in race 16 of the 34th America's Cup.
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Fans at Auckland's Shed 10 watch in disbelief as Oracle beat Team New Zealand in race 16 of the America's Cup off San Francisco.
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Fans at Auckland's Shed 10 watch in disbelief as Oracle beat Team New Zealand in race 16 of the America's Cup off San Francisco.
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Fans at Auckland's Shed 10 watch in disbelief as Oracle beat Team New Zealand in race 16 of the America's Cup off San Francisco.
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Fans at Auckland's Shed 10 watch in disbelief as Oracle beat Team New Zealand in race 16 of the America's Cup off San Francisco.
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Fans at Auckland's Shed 10 watch in disbelief as Oracle beat Team New Zealand in race 16 of the America's Cup off San Francisco.
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Fans at Auckland's Shed 10 watch in disbelief as Oracle beat Team New Zealand in race 16 of the America's Cup off San Francisco.
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Fans at Auckland's Shed 10 watch in disbelief as Oracle beat Team New Zealand in race 16 of the America's Cup off San Francisco.
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Fans at Auckland's Shed 10 watch in disbelief as Oracle beat Team New Zealand in race 16 of the America's Cup off San Francisco.
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Fans at Auckland's Shed 10 watch in disbelief as Oracle beat Team New Zealand in race 16 of the America's Cup off San Francisco.
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The tension shows on faces of the fans at Shed 10 as race 17 starts disastrously for Team NZ.
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Nothing for it but to hide behind a flag as a disastrous start effectively ends Team NZ's hopes in race 17.
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It really is this excruciating. A fan grimaces at Naval Point Yacht Club in Lyttelton as Oracle wins race 17.
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Why do we put our children through this? Twins Flynn and Ari Menzies, 5, hang their heads at Port Nicholson yacht club in Wellington as Oracle take race 17.
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The body language says it all. John Cullens and Willie Newman look disappointed as Oracle take race 18.
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HIGH TENSION: Katie Hakes hopes for the best at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club on Wednesday.
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Nicci Wood watches on nervously at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club.
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A disappointed Wellington City Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer watching race 18 of the Americas Cup at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Wellington.
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Bundle of nerves. Nicci Wood watching race 18 at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Wellington.
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Let's hope she's good luck. Lucinda Howard, 2, sits with a replica America's Cup.
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Initital excitement shows as Dave Roberts, John Hunt and Nicci Wood watch team NZ lead at the start of race 18.
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A truckie shows his support for Team New Zealand.
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Fans at Auckland's Shed 10 do a haka ahead of the final America's Cup race.
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Oracle fans at Auckland's Shed 10 ahead of the final America's Cup race.
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Anna Sisley, middle, and Brenda Herd, right, watch the final race of the America's Cup at Wellington's Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club.
Paddy Lewis at Christchurch's Naval Point Yacht Club watches the final race of the America's Cup.
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Anndy Crisp watches the final race of the America's Cup at Wellington's Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club.
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Naval Point Yacht Club in Christchurch make a toast to the America's Cup after the final race.
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A fan at Auckland's Shed 10 battles to watch the final America's Cup race.
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Samantha Dalzell-Matthew at Auckland's Shed 10 battles to watch the final America's Cup race.
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Neeraj Lala (Toyota NZ head of marketing) watching and reacting to the America's Cup final race at the Toyota NZ headquarters in Palmerston North.
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Auckland mayor at Auckland's Shed 10 Len Brown applauds after the final America's Cup race.

It's at least one more day of torture as Team New Zealand and its fans are forced back to the drawing board.

A devastatingly unlucky day saw the race clock keep Team New Zealand from winning today's first race by a country mile, and a crucial mistake early on saw Oracle hold on for one more win in the second. 

Watching the racing from Wellington's Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Joy Durrant said the regatta was like waiting for wisdom teeth to be pulled.

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AGONY NOT OVER: It's at least one more day of torture as Team New Zealand and its fans are forced back to the drawing board.

"You wait for them to come through so you can finally get them out, but they keep on going back in again, it's excruciating."

She said they would be back at the Yacht club to watch tomorrow's racing, with their fingers crossed they would be popping the bottle of champagne they bought to celebrate an America's Cup win.

"The first race was fabulous and it was just devastating they ran out of time. It was the first time I've seen Dean Barker show much emotion - let's hope they can put it away tomorrow."

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Dale Adams also watched the race at the Port Nicholson Yacht Club. She said it was just "so exhausting".

"I'm going to have to bring my defibrillator to tomorrow's race, because it's just so heart stopping. It really is exhausting."

She said she thought the race clock rule seemed extreme. 

"Local racing does have a time limit, but this is so incredibly short it seems ludicrous."

Online reaction to the races has centred largely on the race clock debacle of the first race. 

Team New Zealand had the race and the cup as good as won, enjoying a 1200m lead but couldn't complete it in the 40-minute time limit.

Officials abandoned the race as the Kiwis approached the last mark.

Many commented on the unbelievable luck of Oracle.

Think focus is going from Barker being a champion skipper to Spithill being a magician. #AmericasCup

Reporters in San Francisco tweeted the podium to hand the cup to Team New Zealand had already been set up when the race clock ran out.

They already had the cup presentation stage set up. Oh well. #AmericasCup

But most ran along a similar vein, the rule of the race clock was a farce.

Well, these rules are a travesty. What a farce. #AmericasCup

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