America's Cup legend Dennis Conner is calling for a Team New Zealand victory in its winner-takes-all race today.
Not only did New Zealand deserve to win the cup, it was robbed of its win in the light wind race last Saturday, Conner told RadioLive.
In Saturday's race, the 40-minute time limit, in place due to a broadcasting deal, expired on the Kiwis' massive lead that would have won the cup.
But Conner, a four-times America's Cup winner, said Team New Zealand could still triumph.
"They [Oracle] can be beat. Dean and the boys can still do it, and they deserve to win, and I think they will," Conner said.
"I'm calling for a Team New Zealand victory today."
He said people knocking the team were just disappointed, and did not really know what they were talking about.
"They've been doing just fine, and after all, they are tied for the lead and heading into the final race of the America's Cup," Conner told RadioLive.
"My message is good on you, good on you New Zealand, and all the people who have supported New Zealand yachting deserves a lot of credit."
"I think that they got had by the committee in the making of the rules. I have never heard of a race that can't finish in 10 knots of wind - it's stupid," he said.
"In a lot of ways they should have won the cup already."
In the race today, Team New Zealand has listed boss Grant Dalton on the boat.
Emirates Team New Zealand: Skipper/helmsman: Dean Barker (14), Tactician: Ray Davies (10), Wing Trimmer: Glenn Ashby (3), Trimmer: James Dagg (9), Bow: Adam Beashel (2), Pit: Jeremy Lomas (8), Pedestal 1: Chris Ward (7), Pedestal 2: Rob Waddell (11), Pedestal 3: Grant Dalton (6), Pedestal 4: Chris McAsey (5), Float/Grinder: Derek Saward (12)
Oracle Team USA: Skipper: Jimmy Spithill (9), Tactician: Ben Ainslie (12), Strategist: Tom Slingsby (10), Wing trimmer: Kyle Langford (8), Jib trimmer: Joe Newton (5), Off-side trimmer: Rome Kirby (4), Grinders: Shannon Falcone (1), Joe Spooner (2), Jono MacBeth (3), Gillo Nobili (6), Simeon Tienpont (7)
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