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This America's Cup is more cut-throat than the last – one hard strike and you're out

QUOTE-UNQUOTE: "Of course, this is not what they had planned to be doing, nine days out from the start of the Louis Vuitton challenger series, where any time stolen out on the water is considered precious. But it is a reminder that this is the America’s Cup, where nothing is easy, fair or assumed. As the stakes get higher in just over a week’s time, the smashes will only get harder. And the tension and exasperation will only become more intense." –Suzanne McFadden (NZL), our longtime friend and veteran AC journalist (among other things), in another fine article penned for the new Kiwi website "Newsroom."

Another quote from Suzanne's article: "Never afraid to speak his mind, Team NZ’s CEO Grant Dalton yesterday put the crash down to Ainslie’s frustration. The Brits have struggled to get up to speed with the fleet frontrunners since launching Rita in February."

Land Rover BAR ("Ben Ainslie Racing") Skipper Ben Ainslie (GBR).