The day started with such promise, Emirates Team New Zealand wheeling its massive wing sail out of the hangar and clipping it to the hull, much like Lego, just on a bigger scale.
Watching on were some of their biggest fans, including Whakatane dairy farmers Mary and Denis Sax, who'd come over on a whim, but now have to head home.
"We will be a bit disappointed. We've been to the start line and the finish line, and as long as they win that's all that really matters," Mrs Sax says.
San Franciscan Steve Larson's hoping the New Zealanders win too, and he says he's not the only American who does.
"I have to tell you most of my friends tell me under their breath, 'Don't tell anyone but I hope the Kiwis win.' That is the honest-to-God truth," Mr Larson says.
It's no secret who Kay Meacham supports. She's got a son and son-in-law in the Team New Zealand crew.
And even though she had her hands full with the grandchildren, she doesn't mind that today's racing was cancelled.
"No hassle, no more than anyone else because there's about 30 Team New Zealand children here and the mums come down to get the heart rate up and then you just pack up and go home again," Ms Meacham says.
There's a silver lining for the organisers like Stephen Barclay too - with record crowd numbers, they're cashing in.
"I think the Kiwi fans want it to end, but from an event point of view, we want this to last as long as it possibly can," Mr Barclay says.
The boat's having a lie down and an early night. Maybe we all should too and start our party planning all over again in the morning.