"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."
"You have to give credit where credit is due, these guys they have sailed incredibly well to get themselves back into the event," Barker said after having a 7sec lead at the bottom mark turn into a demoralising 54sec defeat. "Today in that second race, it was phenomenal," Barker said. "They showed something that was . . . really quite amazing . . . not so much [being] on the other side of it. "But you have to give credit where credit is due, they have done an amazing job."
"It was their moment," he said. "The fans want to hear and speak to the athletes, and to Larry Ellison, who has had his share of the criticism." Ellison explained why he was so conspicuously absent during the regatta. "There was a lot of criticism of these boats," he said. "Rather than me responding, I thought it's going to be up to the (sailors) to show what these boats are like on the water. Let the regatta get started, and let people judge for themselves what we've done.