Good morning and welcome to nzherald.co.nz's coverage of race 17 (and possibly 18) of the America's Cup in San Francisco.
Will today be the day for Emirates Team New Zealand? They have been sitting on match point for what seems like an eternity as Oracle Team USA have slowly pegged back their lead.
It currently stands at 8-6 on the scoreboard - eight-all on the water - and the defenders still need three wins to retain the Auld Mug.
The SOS has yet to go out to Beaver but we do have the next best thing - Grant Dalton.
The Team NZ chief is back on board today - if we manage to get a race away.
As Dana has just mentioned from San Francisco, we're facing the windiest day in the regatta this morning.
A winner-take-all race does have certain appeals... Though I'm not sure the already-frayed nerves of the Kiwi fans can take such a scenario.
That's true, Pete. The spectre of legal action does hang over this regatta. If Oracle win nine races on the water but still lose the Cup, I can't imagine it going down very well with Larry Ellison and co.
There is a wind limit of 24.7 knots for the first race and our intrepid reporter in San Francisco mentioned a few minutes ago that winds were currently right on that limit.
Nice to have you aboard, Dennis.
Very true. But whether the lawyers agree...
Looks like the wind has just dipped below the limit. Might be tough-and-go today (when is it not?)
Seems to be a bit more support for Oracle than in some of the earlier blogs. They have given their fans a bit to cheer about with five straight victories. Today they are hoping to become the first team in history to make it six on the trot.
It will be a major gripe for Team NZ if the challengers do eventually lose their lead.
We're about 20 minutes or so away from the scheduled start. No word of any delay at the moment.
And that current wind does bode well for a start.
He has been absent for the last five races - all losses - but the Team NZ chief is back on board today in place of Winston Macfarlane.
I'm sure there's still a lot of faith for Team NZ out there. Just not as much as a week ago...
It certainly does feel better to defeat a deserving opponent as opposed to winning by seven or eight points.