America’s Cup 2021: Racing continues today with Team NZ on match point

Team New Zealand will be hoping to crack open the champagne today after the weather put paid to any hopes for celebrations yesterday.

They head into today one win away from retaining the America’s Cup after taking a 6-3 lead in the first-to-seven series when they won yesterday’s first race.

The shifty conditions in Auckland meant the start of the day’s first race was delayed and the second race was called off.

In yesterday’s first race, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa were neck-to-neck until Team New Zealand put their noses in front in the penultimate leg and were able to close out the race.

“It was a pretty tight race all in all and one right shift up that last beat really decided it for us,” Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling said after the race yesterday.

“It was good fun racing. It was great to be back in here on Course C and having a great battle with a really good team, but great to come away with another win too.”

But shifting weather conditions ahead of Race 10 yesterday saw racing abandoned for the day, with the teams set to return to the water today. Racing is scheduled to get underway at 4.15pm today, conditions dependent.

The conditions are expected to be ideal for racing, with American Magic skipper Dean Barker telling TVNZ there could be “some epic sailing” today.

Heading into the Cup racing?

• Give yourself plenty of time and think about catching a ferry, train or bus to watch the Cup.

• Make sure your AT HOP card is in your pocket. It’s the best way to ride.

• Don’t forget to scan QR codes with the NZ COVID Tracer app when on public transport and entering the America’s Cup Village.

• For more ways to enjoy race day, visit at.govt.nz/americascup.

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