Today was a tale of two entirely different races. Race 17 saw Oracle enter the starting box first and on the favored port tack. Both boats lit up their foils in the pre-start samba before engaging in decal-shaving, boat-to-boat maneuvers. Barker hesitated at a critical moment, allowing Oracle to gain the favored leeward position. Spithill's second hook attempt stuck, driving the Kiwis up, up, UP, zeroing out their velocity made good and forcing contact, twice. The results were devastating: Barker cleared the first mark 18 seconds astern, having already burned off his two umpire-assigned penalties.