To win, Dean Barker has to take the start. On my unofficial score card, in 14 races Barker has won 6 starts, and OTUSA's Australian skipper, James Spithill, has won 8. Before today's first race I watched Spithill and crew methodically practice several starts. They did short timed runs, long timed runs, acceleration practice, and worked the middle, leeward and windward ends of the line. They maximized their practice time like it was their last opportunity to hold on to the America's Cup. Oh, wait a minute, every race is their last opportunity to hold on to the America's Cup. In contrast ETNZ, went through their normal routine, which is to cross the line, sail to Mark 1 and do some jibes. But, they did not use the pre-race practice period for intense starting practice. Maybe they should set up a starting line early in the morning and schedule some practice starts.