I live in San Francisco and was at the race. I was glad every race Oracle won until the final, because the racing was absolutely incredible, and I wanted it to continue. But it's clear New Zealand came into the finals better prepared, and racing should be about the best competitor winning, not about opening the spending floodgates to gain an advantage. So good job to Jimmy Spithill and crew for sailing an excellent race in the end, but I feel for the New Zealand fans who saw the advantage of their superior preparation squandered. I hope the rules are streamlined before the next iteration to reduce the influence of big money.
I was amazed at the number of Kiwis who made the flight to watch in person. It was a difficult series for that, since the schedule with the strict wind limits was so indeterminate. If fan support could directly contribute to boat speed, Emirates Team New Zealand would have won the race.