The competition between Ben Ainslie on Land Rover BAR and Franck Cammas on Groupama Team France should provide drama enough after yesterday's fascinating ding dong which ended with them neck and neck at the top of the table.
|Wi it be Franck?|
But the sight of the AC45s flying on their foils - and zipping across the surface of the water at speeds upwards of 30 knots - will be a sight that few of the thousands of spectators who are lining the shore here in Southsea will ever have seen before. They are in for a real treat.
But who will win? We have been weighing things up here in the media centre and reckon the ding dong will gather intensity this afternoon and the winner will be the skipper who wants it most and nails the most starts.
Cammas has had precious little time in the AC45s since they only have two days training before the start of an event. He has spent many hours on the Groupama GC32 which has similar characteristics and which according to most, explains their dramatic improvement in recent weeks.
|Or will it be Ben?|
But Ainslie is on home waters and has spent the winter training in the Solent, including time on Land Rover BAR's T1 training boat which again has VERY similar characteristics to the AC45. In fact, even more similar than the GC32 so conclusion: Ainslie will win. Simple really!
But then it could also be Oracle Team USA or Softbank Japan but not the Kiwis this time and definitely not the troubled Artemis.