America's Cup 2021: Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli helmsman Jimmy Spithill 'excited' on brink of defeat

Aussie Jimmy Spithill has never been one to shrink in the face of America's Cup matchpoint - why would he start now?

The Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli helmsman has been here before and admits his team's predicament against Emirates Team NZ has him juiced to race again on Wednesday, with the 'Auld Mug' up for grabs.

"I feel excited," he insists. "I honestly feel excited.

"We're disappointed in the race today - there's no about that - but we live to fight another day.

"When we came back to the dock, there was no heads down or negative energy from any of our teammates, or our fans and supporters - they were lit up. They're ready for it and I can't wait.

"Let's get out there tomorrow - I wish we could right now."

The Kiwis close to within a win of retaining the silverware, with a stunning come-from-behind win in the only race possible on Tuesday, with shifty winds forcing a postponement of the second scheduled contest.

Luna Rossa controlled much of race nine, but failed to cover their rivals near the top gate for the last time, allowing them to find a puff of wind that carried them 18 seconds clear at the mark and 30 seconds by the finish.

Poised at 6-3 in the quest for seven wins, Team NZ were then asked to wait until Wednesday, when race officials could not prepare the course before the 6pm deadline for further racing.

Luna Rossa co-helmsman Francesco Bruni took the blame for the gaff that allowed his opponents past in the best race of the regatta so far.

"I was expecting the wind to go left," he says. "When we went to the crucial moment, I was in charge unfortunately - I wish you were.

"I saw a very light patch in front of me and honestly I couldn't see the black band - what we call the 'Kiwi puff' now - behind it. I missed it.

"I was really worried about crossing that light patch ahead of me. We had a discussion... we agreed we had to protect the left and we did it.

"There was a reason and probably I would do the same mistake another time."

Of course, Spithill engineered the greatest comeback in America's Cup history, when he rallied Oracle Team USA from 8-1 down - matchpoint - against Team NZ in San Francisco 2013, taunting his opponents with the infamous "imagine if these guys lost from here" line.

Even as he and Oracle lost the Mug to the Kiwis at Bermuda four years ago, he refused to blink, so no-one is counting him out just yet.

Join us at 4:15pm Wednesday for live updates of the America's Cup series between Team NZ and Luna Rossa