Llwyd Ecclestone awoke on the morning of the tie-breaking race to a weather forecast that sounded both encouraging and discouraging for the Americans. The wind would blow from next to nothing (good) to 20 knots (bad). The action began with the stuff of a first-rate match race: a tight start to weather and, as the wind abruptly shifted, a nip-and-tuck, off-the-wind duel; a luffing match; a 27-tack upwind battle. Gradually Mirage fell behind, never to catch up. But though Dynamite eventually won by one minute and seven seconds, the margin does not tell the full story, for the breeze at the end was building and Mirage was charging up.
For the first time in 18 years the Canada's Cup belonged to the U.S. "As we crossed the finish line, we felt we were almost in another world," said Ecclestone, clutching a champagne glass. All about were the stiffest upper lips in the British Commonwealth. For Canada it had been a very bad month.