America's Cup: Oracle could gamble on bringing in Sir Ben Ainslie
Sir Ben Ainslie could be set to answer an 'SOS' from struggling America's Cup champions Oracle Team USA.
Last Updated: 12/09/13 10:13am
Oracle currently trail Team New Zealand by five points, having been handed a two-point penalty and then lost four of the first five races.
The manner of the defeat in Race 5 saw Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill play his "provisional card" - allowing them to postpone Race 6 in order to regroup and make changes.
The big change could see Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor, brought in to replace under-fire tactician John Kostecki.
Ainslie replaced Kostecki during Oracle's training session on Wednesday in San Francisco Bay - and now Spithill must decide whether or not to bring in the Briton for Thursday's races.
Syndicate CEO Russell Coutts said: "You've got to remember, changing personnel at a time like this has never worked in the past so we have to be cautious about making a change like that.
"We wouldn't be thinking about it unless it had a really good chance at working.
"He's obviously an extremely accomplished sailor, but Jimmy and Ben and Tommy Slingsby haven't worked together yet," Coutts said. "That's a pretty big ask at this point in the regatta."
You can watch races six and seven of the 2013 America's Cup live on Sky Sports 4HD on Thursday at 9pm