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"Ah, mate, it's like a Wallabies game against the All Blacks. Everything is at stake, let's put it that way," he said. "(James is) your typical redhead and full of confidence and determination," Mr Gordon said yesterday. "If James thought he could do something, he truly believed it. He had tunnel vision (to win the America's Cup) and he's been maintaining that tunnel vision the whole way through. "All this week he's been saying he believed he could win . . . and it turns out he can."

Sir Ben Ainslie: Even though we are losing it is a thrill to be sailing in the America's Cup for Oracle Team USA

Sir Ben Ainslie: Even though we are losing it is a thrill to be sailing in the America's Cup for Oracle Team USA - Telegraph

Ben Ainslie's Oracle Team draw level to set up incredible climax to America's Cup

Ben Ainslie's Oracle Team USA draw level with Emirates Team New Zealand to set up incredible climax to America's Cup - Telegraph

“All in all, a fantastic job by the team,” said #OracleTeamUSA skipper Jimmy #Spithill. “We got off the line well in both races, Ben (#Ainslie, tactician) and Tom (#Slingsby, strategist) made some high-pressure decisions, and in terms of physicality it was one of the toughest days out there given how up and down the wind range was. The boys on the handles (the grinders) dug in and were rewarded.”

Newey admits he was “gripped” by Oracle Team USA’s dramatic comeback from 8-1 down to beat Team NZ 9-8 last month; by the sheer spectacle of 72-foot wingsail catamarans careering around San Francisco Bay at 50mph. He even admits he has had offers, although he will not disclose from whom. Could Sir Ben Ainslie, who helped to inspire Oracle’s comeback and is searching for backing and talent to launch his own British team, have been on the phone? “It’s a bit too late [for the next Cup] isn’t…