SAN FRANCISCO — The lightest wind of the America's Cup led to one crazy afternoon Friday on foggy San Francisco Bay.
The first attempt to sail Race 13, sailed in 9-knot wind, was abandoned because it wasn't completed in 40 minutes, the result of organizers trying to fit two races a day into a two-hour TV window.
"It would have been nice to have another 10 minutes," said Dean Barker, skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand, which led by about a mile at one point before the race was called off.
An hour later, after the wind had increased, Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA stayed alive for the second straight day, overtaking the Kiwis on the downwind second leg and winning the resail of Race 13 by 1 minute, 24 seconds.
The Kiwis still lead 8-3 and need only one more victory to take the oldest trophy in international sports from the Americans.
"We believe we can win," Spithill said. "The fact that we are at match point, it's almost like we get the best out of our people when they're under that sort of pressure."
Races 14 and, if necessary, 15, are set for today.