Three points separate the top four yachts in the America's Cup World Series regatta in Venice, after another light, flukey day on the Grand Canal with Emirates Team New Zealand in 4th place only two points behind leaders Energy Team.
Current world championship leaders Oracle 4, driven by James Spithill, are in fifth place going into the last race. With the forecast again for light and shifty breezes, Team NZ coach Rod Davis says a little luck may yet decide this regatta. The final fleet race in these World Series events carries triple points. And this can turn a regatta on its head. "Tomorrow's a must win race - a must win for every team, has a very simple game plan: drive fast and take chances," says Team NZ coach Rod Davis
The race counts three times a 'normal' race. With only a few points separating the top five boats, it is no time to be faint-hearted," he says.
"So Dean has a green light to go for it. So does Terry [Hutchinson, Artemis skipper], James and every other skipper. The start will be the key. It's the highest risk and biggest reward of the regatta. Well, truth is more risk than reward, but it is do or die time.
"We will be ready... so will everyone else."
Fleet Racing Championship - Provisional Leaderboard (after six races)
1 Energy Team, 44 points 2 Luna Rossa Piranha, 43 points 3 Luna Rossa Swordfish, 43 points 4 Emirates Team New Zealand, 42 points 5 Oracle Team USA Spithill, 38 points 6 Artemis Racing, 37 points 7 Team Korea, 37 points 8 Oracle Team USA Bundock, 22 points 9 China Team, 18 points
Match Racing Championship - Semi Final Results
Semifinals: Artemis Racing bt Energy Team, 2-0; Luna Rossa - Piranha bt Oracle - Spithill, 2-1.
3 Oracle Team USA - Spithill 4 Energy Team 5 Emirates Team New Zealand 6 Team Korea 7 Luna Rossa Swordfish 8 Oracle Team USA Bundock China Team