In spite of the ebullient dedication of Turner and his colleagues, things went badly for the Americans after that. The two inshore races were almost windless. After the first the Germans had a four-point lead. By the end of the second the British had displaced them and were 47 points ahead of the U.S. The Germans were now in third because of the disqualification of Rubin, which collided with New Zealand's Gerontius. The infamous "hole in the Solent," the breezeless gap on the sheltered side of the island, had made the second race a lottery. "A crap shoot," said Peter Lawson, co-navigator on Charisma, "with us on the wrong side of the table."
U.S. morale sank. Jesse Philips was in favor of having the second inshore race resailed but was dissuaded from getting a petition up. He bitterly criticized the starting arrangements and the spectator fleet. "Even the Queen's boat is parked right in the middle of the finish," he said. A Charisma crew member was more buoyant. "We're going to kick tails in the Fastnet," he promised. "We're good night fighters."
And with wind to favor the big boats, they could have done that. But it never came. "We had only four or five hours' good breeze in the whole race," Dennis Conner said.
So the race was among three magnificently equipped Germans, Pinta, Rubin and Duva, all new designs from the Madison Avenue office of Sparkman and Stephens, and Britain's Noryema, Yeoman XX and Battlecry. Ron Amey, Noryema's skipper, talked about the simple plan of the British. "In the light weather the Germans were the main threat," he said. "So we just followed them everywhere, and then we got out in front of them."
And so Britain won her sixth Admiral's Cup, defeating Germany by 105 points. Noryema was first overall and Britain's Yeoman XX tied for second overall with Germany's Pinta. In heavy weather, in kicking-tail weather, the outcome might have been different. As it was, Charisma, first boat home, slipped to 30th position in the Fastnet on corrected time, Tenacious to 13th and Robin came in 15th to put the U.S. third overall, 29 points behind Germany. And the Fastnet scored no points at all for its sulky refusal to play up to its traditional diabolical form.