The stats show port entry doesn't guarantee victory (it's actually really even) but it gives that boat first dibs on going for the leeward side and trying to get to the first mark first
I'm afraid, Tripsinger, it's virtually impossible to practice these things without others watching. Oracle (and Artemis) had spies down in Auckland in the same way Team NZ watched Oracle's every move
We're about 20 minutes away from the start of race 18.
Will it be the final race or will Oracle join Team NZ on match point, setting up a winner-takes-all showdown tomorrow?
Well, Grand Dalton has taken himself back off the boat after race 17. Perhaps he wasn't our lucky charm after all...
Team NZ do indeed have port entry. That should help them make amends for that disastrous start.
Well, I can tell you it's very even. Pretty tough race to call, this one.
The pressure must be growing with every race and every loss. But Barker said before this morning's race he wouldn't switch positions and I'm sure that remains his thinking.
Team NZ will again have port entry if it goes to race 19.
They have been magnificent on the water in the last week. They have consistently shown better boat speed and Spithill has been doing a great job on the starts.
Race 18 is about 10 minutes away.
Some shouts for Team NZ to use their postponement card. Barker confirmed after race 17 they were not considering it.
If Team NZ used their postponement card today, they would give up port entry.
We're just over five minutes away from the start on the morning's second race.
Four minutes to action as both boats head towards the startbox.