Team NZ crew to keep calm and carry on

03:31, Sep 22 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.

Luck is the one ingredient that has been missing in Team New Zealand's final push to grab the America's Cup - and tactician Ray Davies has made Oracle fully aware of that.

Clearly over-hearing voluble Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill's endless bravado as the defenders' comeback continued to stun everyone, Davies brought some reality to the situation last night.

"Luck is a great thing, luck beats skill every time," Davies said, reminding Spithill just how fortunate Oracle were to stay in the match when the 40-minute time limit expired on the Kiwis' massive lead that would have won the cup.

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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.

Race 13, sailed on a foggy Friday, turned out to be horribly cruel. Devastated at being denied by the clock in the lightest airs of the regatta, the Kiwis got sloppy in the subsequent rematch and paid the price, being belted by 1min 24 secs.

That result kept Oracle alive but still needing six wins to New Zealand's one to claim the Auld Mug.

"Obviously the odds are still firmly in our favour at the moment," Davies chirped. "We just have to go out and execute again like we did in that first race to get one and a half kilometres ahead . . . that's pretty good."

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It was a point well made, as was Team New Zealand reminding everyone that this was the third time in a tight series they had seen a lead taken away by rulings - two by winds going over the limit and now by light winds turning the five-legged course into a snail trail.

The latest setback hurt Team New Zealand, make no mistake about that.

But what annoyed them even more yesterday was the way they conceded a decent lead next up when the race was sailed in better breeze.

They had regathered themselves, getting a pep talk from team boss Grant Dalton who rejoined the crew after sitting out the time-bomb, and completely dominated the early exchanges.

"It's about being able to put it behind you. You can cry, or you can laugh and get on it with it," skipper Dean Barker said of reacting to the frustration of having the timekeeper deny them their glory.

"We got back into it, we got off the line well and got a lead in the second one."

Then it fell apart, mistakes creeping in as holes appeared in the wind and Team NZ's game.

"We obviously didn't sail as well as we could have. We had another opportunity there that we let go," Barker admitted. "We need to debrief the second race, look at the mistakes we made and make sure we don't make them again. We'll have to make sure that we are on our game again tomorrow."

Luck doesn't come into Barker's equation right now. It's all about performance.

"Luck is one thing you never walk away from, but it's just a case of going in there and executing your race."

Having watched a fourth day go by without the chance or ability to finally kill off Oracle, the inevitable question of choking was raised. Was Team New Zealand suffering vertigo?

"This is the third race now that we have been in the lead and haven't won due to hitting the wind limits or today running out of time. Any one of those three points would have been nice right now.

"But there's no loss of confidence or lack of confidence. We know that we can easily get this done. It's a case of going out there tomorrow and racing hard."

He felt there were enough people within the sailing crew and support staff to get the job done.

"It's a professional sailing team. There are some fantastic athletes in there - guys like Rob Waddell who have been in some pretty tough spots themselves. They are fantastic in this environment.

"We have to keep sticking to the process and not the outcome. We know if we keep pushing hard, things will sort themselves out. We're happy with the boat and the crew, we just have to go out and sail a good solid race."

That was something they didn't do in the rematch yesterday. A wonderful start was wasted on two errors on the first downwind run when they copped a penalty for jibing in front of Oracle and then messed up their entry into the bottom mark, being forced into an additional jibe by Oracle which stopped them in their tracks.

From there Oracle simply sailed away with the Kiwis never getting close enough to employ their tacking game.

There was no need for Barker to check his watch on that one - it only showed an alarming delta as they looked at Oracle's stern.

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