Former director of external affairs for Oracle, Tom Ehman, told the New Zealand Radio Sport on February 10: "There's a bit of a conspiracy theory... Team Brunel has [Kiwi] Peter Burling aboard and is leading right now, and many people think that Team Brunel will end up winning this leg into Auckland just because they've got Peter Burling aboard.
"The other notable Kiwi sailor is Blair Tuke; he's on MAPFRE, and I'll bet you anything one of those two boats wins."
That was then, this is now, February 22, 2018 1854UTC:
bitter pill for Scallywag
MAPFRE swallows hard