Who will win this weekend? It’s the question everyone wants to be answered. But in the absence of any real performance information, as the teams retreat to modify their boats and train this week, it’s possible to make convincing arguments on both sides of the divide. The truth is, just like at this time last week, we’ll simply have to wait until Saturday afternoon to be sure. But with a forecast for similar conditions to last weekend (the wind in the 7 to 10 knots range) the answer should come relatively quickly. Last weekend we saw Emirates Team New Zealand dominate in those conditions.
“We can’t hide from it. We have to get faster in those conditions,” was the way ORACLE TEAM USA skipper put it on Sunday afternoon. “We need to make some serious changes.”
If Spithill has his team have found an answer in the changes they’ve made, we’ll know within a few minutes of the race starting on Saturday. If they haven’t, that will be apparent too.
“We’re under no illusions here,” said Kiwi skipper Peter Burling countered on Sunday, sitting on a 3-0 lead. “We know if we stand still, those guys will be catching us, so we’re just going to keep pushing forward… It’s a lot harder for them if we do that.”
For the real answers, tune in to race five of the America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton. Start time is 2:12 pm local time in Bermuda on Saturday.