On another note, I was surprised to hear USA hail RC and ask if the race was being shortened -- and even more surprised to hear RC reply.
Where was it that you heard the RC reply? I don't recall it. I remember Slingsby on a hot mike wondering where the next mark was, like he was talking with JS.
I heard the RC reply with the information that should sail on and finish at the grandstands. I think USA really thought they were finishing before the last reach.
I was really surprised at the exchange too, for a minute I could really relate to the skipper having no idea what the course was.