America's Cup: Kiwis taunt Oracle over postponement

New Zealand fans come out to support their team during day 2 of the America's Cup on September 08, 2013 in San Francisco. Photo / Getty Images.
New Zealand fans come out to support their team during day 2 of the America's Cup on September 08, 2013 in San Francisco. Photo / Getty Images.

Kiwi yachting fans are taunting Oracle Team USA for its decision to postpone race six of the America's Cup finals.

The defending Cup-holders played its postponement card after Team NZ finished one minute and seven seconds ahead in race five of the finals series.

Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill said the team needed time to "regroup" after the loss.

"Team NZ obviously have the edge upwind, I'm not going to hide from that. So we have played the card strategically," he said.

Many Team NZ fans called the decision was gutless.

They taunted Oracle in a storm of Twitter posts following the postponement call.






Others opted for humour, with many calling for postponement cards to be used more widely in sport and everyday life.






The success of the postponement tactic remains to be seen. Race six of the America's Cup finals is set to take place on Friday.

- nzherald.co.nz

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