with that much hull down, i was expecting 6kts.
I think it is too late to go into next weeks racing with copied turns. they have to sail a perfect race with no hulls touching the water. they cant risk a fast turn and drop the hull. they must sail good turns that they know how to do EVERY time
Kiwis, they are hiding their boat. maybe they will be out tomorrow. I think their boat improvements may be straight line speed. you dont need to practice that. if they can keep their turns tight fast and stable, a bit of added straight line speed will not let oracle get near.
I suspect that even if oracle do win a start and get to the first mark, there is nothing stopping ETNZ from catching up and passing - wether oracle cover or not, NZ will get in close and pass no matter what
I would usually say "let oracle split and they will overtake you, never let oracle split" - it is the opposite now