On Wednesday after a thumping in excess of a minute that stands as massive in the current America's Cup in race one, Larry Ellison's Oracle waved a white flag and used their one wild card to avoid the second race of the day.
Spittle, Oracle Skipper, immediately decamped to the chase boat to consult with Sir Russell Coutts, Oracle campaign head.
Today, apparently on Ellison's call, Sir Benedict Ainsley, British yachting supremo with four Olympic gold medals and a silver, replaced John Kostecki as "tactician."
Kostecki was regarded as the expert on the local winds and tides of San Fransisco Bay.
Today, it looks as if Emirates Team NZ goes to a 6 vs minus one lead in the race to nine wins.
Ellison and Oracle are in a seriously losing position and Dean Barker's team will be intent on putting up a final score that maintains the Minus one for the holder as a lasting monument to why Oracle was still not on the scoreboard when they hand the Auld Mug over.
Having played two knights and dumped on John Kostecki, what do they have left?