Despair at Shed 10 as Oracle land hammer blow
MICHELLE ROBINSON AND TRACY WATKINS
Excitement quickly turned to despair for America's Cup spectators at Shed 10 on the Auckland waterfront this morning.
Eight-year-old Sarah Berry dissolved into tears and couldn't bear to watch Oracle win this morning's second race today.
She buried her face in a pillow as she sat with her family at the front row of Shed 10 this morning.
They will be back in their red socks again tomorrow, her mum Jenny said.
"We can't do anything else, we're relying on the boys."
Meanwhile a family friend of Team NZ skipper Dean Barker says he's doing it hard.
"I've been sending the family pics from Shed 10."
She said her father was in San Francisco watching the races but didn't want to speak with her on the phone, such was the disappointment.
"Dean looks heart broken," she said. "He's always been a fighter, he's always been strong."
The crowd quickly dispersed after Oracle won the day's second race.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister John Key is keeping the faith that Team NZ will bring home the America's Cup despite the latest blow.
Speaking just before Team New Zealand's second loss this morning, Key said he remained hopeful.
"If you had asked me a week ago whether we'd be sitting in this position I'd have said no, but that's sport," he said.
"It's tight, but I have a lot of confidence in Team New Zealand. I think they're a very very good team.
"They've worked immensely hard. They're up against a fierce competitor in Oracle - we always knew that but they know what they are doing.
"All we really can do is wish them the best, hope they get us over the line and support them whatever happens. But I reckon they'll win."
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