GO, Go, go... Oracle Team USA

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It's near the wire at America's Cup and Ben Ainslie's Oracle Team USA is pulling level in this year's sailing extravaganza, setting up a showdown as interest in the competition has reached fever pitch.

Team USA is looking good for today's winner-takes-all showdown, if they forget their "scar tissue", says former America's Cup-winning skipper John Bertrand.

Oracle has won two more races to extend their streak to seven, frustrating a sailing-mad nation of 4.5 million who thought sport's oldest trophy secured after New Zealand had earlier stormed to an 8-1 lead.

This is the granddaddy of international sporting trophy, it is a sailing match race between two yachts. One is known as the defender, representing the club who holds the silverware, and the challenger. The type of boat changes for each edition of the America's Cup, with the AC-72 used for the first time in this year's race.

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