Downwind, Alinghi led initially by 90 meters, but after skipper Brad Butterworth made the call to jibe to starboard, the Kiwis were able to sail down the right side of the leg on their own and made a small gain. Approaching the gate marks, the challenger ended up making a smoother entry to the right-hand mark and headed right while Alinghi took the left and then had to tack to cover. At the post-race press conference, Butterworth said it was a tough day to be in the lead, both upwind and down, because the wind was not the typical seabreeze where the right always gets stronger late in the day. As the boats started sailing to windward again, the breeze also eased off slightly, and New Zealand had cut Alinghi's lead in half by the time they tacked. Alinghi crossed ahead of New Zealand to protect the right side of the course, and the New Zealand challenger then found a good windshift to close the gap more. According to New Zealand strategist Ray Davies, "It was the biggest lefthand shift of the day, and right when we needed it.