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Kiwis close within 1 win of America's Cup

SAN FRANCISCO — The America's Cup is staying in America for at least one more day, thanks to the wind that blows in through the Golden Gate Bridge and the strong tide that flows out to sea.

That means, of course, that all those bottles of champagne that New Zealanders have at the ready won't be popped open quite yet.

Not long after Emirates Team New Zealand won Race 11 Wednesday to reach match point in the America's Cup against powerhouse Oracle Team USA, Race 12 was postponed because the wind exceeded the safety limit.

Race 12 was scrubbed just 30 seconds before the high-performance, 72-foot catamarans crossed the starting line with Kiwi skipper Dean Barker holding a strong advantage over rival Jimmy Spithill.

Organizers will try again on Thursday to get in two races, if necessary. Of the four races scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday, three were postponed due to the wind exceeding the limit.


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