The second day of the Canada's Cup was a must win for team Heartbreaker. Defiant was holding a 2-0 lead at the beginning of day. This meant Heartbreaker needed to get a win to keep the Canada's Cup within reach.
Race one was postponed initially due to a shifting seven-knot breeze. Once the race got underway the teams started even but on opposite tacks. Defiant would show superior boat speed and rounded the first mark 1min 12sec ahead of Heartbreaker. Heartbreaker gained downwind but couldn't seem to match the upwind speed of Defiant and would eventually lose by 2min 55sec.
With Defiant up 3-0 it was a must win for team Heartbreaker. The start would be the most exciting of the regatta with no initial dial up and both teams starting very late. Defiant had the initial lead but a "wicked" tacking duel would ensue with Heartbreaker gaining each time and eventually passing Defiant before the first mark.
The team would chase each other, Defiant trying to get on opposite tack and Heartbreaker covering every chance they had. Another tacking duel up the last windward leg with Heartbreaker leading by 13 seconds at the final mark and then holding on to win by 25 seconds.
Defiant has a 3-1 lead going into Day 3 but with the 4th race win Heartbreaker may have found what it takes to win the Canada's Cup. Stay tuned to canadascup.org for live updates from the water in Toronto.
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