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Very exciting today Dykie!

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Now NZL turn...

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I think the rain today, might affect my evening cricket fixture bawling

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We have shaved 2 seconds off. Alinghi are 24 seconds ahead. It should be pointed out that we have two less sails in our inventory following that MOMENT

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Ahh, yes, I've heard that... I'm off to the Oval next friday and am hearing that the weather will be much better!!

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Speculation that we are forced into using our current spinnaker for lack of an alternative... Sorry for that observation people. I'm sure it's not true...


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Pieter van Nieuwenhuyzen - try saying that quickly - climbing the Alinghi mast like a monkey, amazing strength it must be said, not a small man. SUL 93 metres ahead.


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Well into this fourth and final leg now people, 106 metres, Alinghi sound calm... Quiet onboard their boat.


I'm gutted.

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it's over....

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We're still gybing and tacking hard, our only chance is if Butterworth slips up.
Although, it's more likely that Romford will move to Upton Park!

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Fat lady not singing yet.... although she's getting warmed up!

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Seperation growing between the two yachts... Alinghi sure to gybe back towards us soon, they won't want - and don't need to - allow us a point of difference (to borrow a journalistic term haha) and here they are... Gybing back at us. We can't find something to give us the edge we need.

Although I think it's floating back near the second mark!

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As we gybe back towards them the lead is back to 65 metres! Less than two boat lengths.

Means little as another turn will change it all....

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The yachts zig zagging constantly, 2/3rds of the final leg gone... Lead 48 metres, see sawing back and forward... We keep making incremental gains..

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Team NZ gybes... Grinders throwing their arms into it... Someone on board shouting like a halfback behind a rolling maul.. It's stirring stuff but will it be enough!


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camera shot down deck of Alinghi shows Butterworth looking over his shoulder, Team NZ literally looming behind...

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200 metres to the line

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Alinghi cross the finish line.

Lady luck was with them today.... frown

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19 seconds behind Team NZ cross also.

I think that makes this the closest finish of the series so far.... if only!

3-2 to Alingi in this first to 5 contest.

It's not over yet folks.

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Well we shaved another 7 seconds from the third mark... They had to work, work, work, for that win and we had a catastrophe.





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