Having watched every race
, I see Oracle as simply having learned to sail their boat.
The Kiwis did a masterful job, and sailed a very fast boat very hard. There were times I could see the reasons for their choices that just simply did not work out... For example, the "extra" tack in race
15... They were looking to ride the good air and get current
relief behind the cone.... The announcer seemed clueless about that. I think that the turn came after the day the US lost
2 in a day.
This was (as most racing
is) a largely mental game
. The last race Oracle got beaten on, they had the line (I believe it was the furling
line and the halyard) get tangled together so they could not drop the code 0 completely..... Those kind of errors take the mind of the entire crew off task and loose races.
It is very difficult to overcome the momentum of a loosing streak. Oracle only had to revere it once, the Kiwis never really did, but sailed an excellent race anyway.... Watching the last race with multiple position changes should clear up any confusion about just how closely the two boats and teams were matched.
The significant lead did not take place until the Kiwis believed they were defeated, and that has been the trend on each race they lost
A great contest, two great competitors!