The breeze and the ebb tide built throughout the afternoon, but things looked promising for a second race. Oracle entered the starting box first and on port tack this time, but instead of each team executing their familiar moves, the Kiwis split away. Sails luffed, rudders turned and the clock ticked down. Then—30 seconds out—ETNZ sprang to pace, driving for the starting line. Oracle respond too late and was forced to bear away hard and protest, with ETNZ enjoying clear air … just as the Race Committee’s anemometer registered winds two-tenths of a knot above the maximum limit, forcing the race (and, ultimately, the day) to be abandoned.