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 Oracle Team USA, Race 12 was postponed because the wind exceeded the safety limit.
Race 12 was scrubbed 30 seconds before the 72-foot catamarans crossed the starting line with Kiwi skipper Dean Barker holding a strong advantage over rival Jimmy Spithill.
Organizers will try again today to get in two races, if necessary. Of the four races scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday, three were postponed because of wind.
The Kiwis last hoisted the Auld Mug in victory in 2000, so they can wait at least one more day for the chance to finish off Oracle. Leading 8-1, the Kiwis need one more win to reclaim the trophy for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
The wind limit of 23 knots was offset by a 3.1-knot ebb tide flowing out of the bay, reducing it to 19.9 knots for Race 12. The wind peaked at 21.5 knots just before the start.