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  1. 1. Who will win the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series?

    • Artemus Racing, SWE
    • Emirates Team New Zealand, NZL
    • Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, ITA
  2. 2. Who will Defend?

    • Oracle Team USA, 'Team Ainslie', USA
    • Oracle Team USA, 'Team Spithall', USA
  3. 3. Who will Win America's Cup 2013?

    • Oracle Team USA, USA
    • Artemus Racing, SWE
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    • Emirates Team New Zealand, NZL
    • Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, ITA
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Ominous as it may seem, Dubai could create a team and they have a wallet Larry Ellison would envy. And guess what team they' ll poach first, hence the need to bring back nationality rules.

Also expect a team from Austria - Red Bull.

If Oracle does the unthinkable, then this will happen.

Got no problem with the AC 45 series going this way though. Mores the better for the class to get it into the Olympic sailing program for 2020 or 24.

I really doubt there is any chance of an AC class making the Olympics. Those boats are still prohibitively expensive and there are what, eight countries that field teams?

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I've been quite surprised at how much follow up in the media there has been to the worry that Oracle may try to do some damage with aggressive tactics .

Team NZ has come out saying that if they need to they will back off and sacrifice a race . Im not going to be at all surprised if they pick up a couple over the next few days, and that seems to be the opinion in some of the polls on NZ media websites.

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I suppose with a 7 point buffer up our sleaves, and the wildcard, no real need to rush...

And the weather may play its part tomorrow and Monday nzst...high winds may only see one race start.

Still...as we have seen this last week, Team NZ have downplayed every race so far...ever clinical to get the job done.

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Race 8 getting ready in very difficult conditions. Wind on tide conditions.

Pre start no on.

And away we go...Team NZ in lead, around mk 1, Oracle in good position though.

High speeds in heavy conditions.

Around mk2, eight sec lead to Team NZ , Oracle still in there but its the killer upwind leg.

Oracle good improvements on upwind speeds, still in this.

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Not yet, even though Dean Barker is confident to race the second for the day.

He also said they hadnt enough hydrulics to turn the foil in time...no noticable damage yet, but because there are races tomorrow, wildcard could be pulled.

Ben Anslie really good tactics with a now very fast boat.

Very lucky NZ, veeerrrry lucky.

Race 9 still looking to go ahead.

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If race 9 happens, at least Dalton is on board...

Looks like we are go....

And for the first time Oracle is in the favourites position...

Although I'm with NZ, ...good work to Oracle! Back in it.

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Race 9 ready to go...by the looks of it...

Dail up begins...

Oracle now going for it.

Away we go...Oracle very fast, Oracle fighting!!!

Oracle really flooring it...good speed. Equal speeds, Oracles favourite sea conditions.

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