Irina Boraman watches the racing
Go you good things ... Team New Zealand is just one win
away from winning the America's Cup.
And like many thousands of New Zealanders, Irina Boraman's
heart is racing at the thought.
She should be studying for her third-year law exams, but is
just too excited.
Having never previously been interested in watching sailing,
the 21-year-old is on board the Team New Zealand fan wagon -
and she is sure that today the wild Kiwi flying machine
Aotearoa, skippered by Dean Barker, will seal victory.
Miss Boraman was at the university cafeteria watching as Team
New Zealand won the first of two scheduled races yesterday,
taking an 8-1 lead in the first-to-nine finals series. The
second race was called off and racing postponed for the day
because of high winds in San Francisco Bay.
''I should have been prepping for my lectures,'' she said
after being photographed by the Otago Daily Times
''I've realised how exciting it is and I am really enjoying
Her father Ted Boraman, a self-employed fisherman in Oamaru,
introduced her to the sport this month.
''It is so addictive, especially when it is so close and it
can go either way.''
Miss Boraman hopes that after this morning - the first race
today is scheduled for 8.15am New Zealand time - she might be
able to get back to the books ahead of her looming exams.
''I think so. I think we've got this one.''