Yet the machinations of the Swiss continued right to the end. The three Swiss members of the race committee did not want the second race to start, claiming that the swell was too big. Principal Race Officer Harold Bennett, a no-nonsense Kiwi, would have none of it, and two of the Swiss committee went on strike. "Their multihull expert was telling me that the swells were too big, yet all I could see were flat seas," Bennett confirmed today. "The time came to pull the postponement flag down and commence the start sequence, and the two refused. [BMW Oracle Observer] Tom Ehman went back and pulled the flag down, and we set about running the race without them. Only their time-keeper stayed at his post. We got the race off-and what a race it turned out to be!"