America's Cup: Salty nautical term a slap in the face for prime time TV viewers

Yachting terms may be common Kiwi parlance as the Americas Cup reaches the business end, yet on Monday the salty phrase sit on their face raised a wave of what did I just hears?
And what you just heard was the TVNZ commentator use a saucy term, seemingly more suited to Davy Jones water bed than Davy Jones locker.

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Emirates Team New Zealand on their way to a 58-second win over Luna Rossa in race seven of the America's Cup match.

When Team NZ hunted down Luna Rossa, then took the lead and started defending it in race seven, the commentator informed TV land that: theyve just sat on their faces like no one has ever sat on a face.

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Tweets flew, as the non yachting types pondered the phrase. Jibe, luff, and separation viewers can translate, but this?

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But before you send that angry email to TVNZ, listen to Stuffs Americas Cup columnist Carl Whiting, who says its all above board.

Sitting on the face is like when you tack or jibe, typically upwind, he says.

Tacking in their face is the term: you cant pass when someone is in your face, they have the wind and you dont.

A spokesperson for TVNZ, who confirmed no complaints had been laid, said: The America's Cup broadcast is giving New Zealand viewers some new sailing terminology to use. A comment today turned a few heads on social media, but our commentators can confirm this is a common turn of phrase.


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