Join nzherald.co.nz for a live blog of races five and six of the America's Cup series between Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA.
Good morning and welcome to nzherald.co.nz's live coverage of the third day of racing in the America's Cup series between Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA.
I'll be keeping you updated on all the action from races five and six, while Herald yachting experts Dana Johannsen and Paul Lewis will chime in from San Francisco.
Race five will begin in about half an hour, while race six is set for 9.10am NZT.
Conditions in San Francisco should see both races completed, with wind gusting between 18-20 knots and an incoming tide seeing wind limits for the day extended to 24.9 knots (race 5) and 24.5 knots (race 6).
Today is shaping to be a potentially pivotal day of racing, with Team New Zealand on three points and Oracle on minus-one.
Oracle clawed their way back into the regatta by winning the second race on Monday, meaning they now need 10 wins to retain the Cup. Team New Zealand, meanwhile, need only six to bring the Auld Mug back home.
More than half a million Kiwis tuned into the first day of racing on Sunday. Bearing in mind today is a weekday, where are you catching the action? Having a late start or lucky enough to have a telly at work?
We're about 20 minutes away from the start of racing, so the question must be asked...
Just a recap of the course, it's a quick sprint to mark one before the opening downwind leg. That is followed by the only upwind leg, followed by the final downwind leg and then a short leg to the finish line.
Only 10 minutes away from race five getting underway. The start will, as always, be crucial. Dean Barker will be looking for a better performance than Monday, when Jimmy Spithill edged him across the start line in both races.
Great dedication from you, Jimmy. Where else in the world are we following the action, people?
A double for Team NZ today would put them well and truly in the driver's seat, leaving them only four more wins to triumph, while Oracle could make this regatta very interesting indeed if they carry over their form from race four.
We'll do our best. We're about five minutes away from the cat-and-mouse of the pre-start.
An overcast day in San Francisco, 16 deg C, and some strong winds in San Francisco bay.
Only moments away from the pre-start. Bet those nerves are kicking in!
Here we go. The clock has begun and there is three minutes until the official start. Team NZ coming in from the port side.
Two minutes of jockeying as the two skippers attempt to out-manoeuvre each other.
One minute to the start. Team NZ just loitering behind Oracle...