America's Cup: Team New Zealand dominate U.S. in Bermuda


As Jimmy Spithill's ORACLE TEAM USA looked to seize back the advantage gained by Peter Burling's Emirates Team New Zealand on day one of the America's Cup Match, the kiwi Challenger recorded two more back-to-back victories over the Defenders of the America's Cup, putting themselves 3-0* up in the first-to-seven series that will determine the victor of the 35th edition.

America's Cup holder Oracle Team USA is staring down the barrel of defeat against a powerful challenge from Emirates Team New Zealand.

Spithill was over the starting line early, forcing him to drop two boat lengths behind to clear the penalty.

It is not so much that Oracle are losing but rather the manner in which they are being blown off the water, with Team NZ better in every department as they stormed to victory in race three and four by 49 seconds and 1m 12s respectively.

"We're happy to take those four wins because it is no secret that we are here to win the America's Cup". "It's not over. We've got five days now, very important days".

Four years ago, New Zealand were eventually overhauled by an Oracle team that featured Britain's Ben Ainslie as tactician in what is regarded as one of sport's great comebacks.

The Americans will spend their time poring over the data and trying to work out what changes they can make to their foil and rudder packages to eke out extra boat speed. He is an Americas Cup rookie. "We're obviously disappointed with what was a tough day, but the deficit is only one point so we we're not panicking", said a defiant Spithill.

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The second race of the day started in nearly identical fashion to the first race, with both teams racing extremely closely to one another as they crossed the start line, quickly accelerating to around 40 knots as they headed towards the first mark.

Burling, who has won Olympic gold and silver medals with grinder Blair Tuke, again appeared unflappable.

From 8-1 down and facing match point, Larry Ellison's defending champions won eight races in a row to triumph 9-8.

And we all know what Spithill will have to say if that happens.

"You like to sort of keep going while you're on a bit of a roll, but the schedule is the schedule and we've known that for a long time - we understand while they have chosen to hold it over the weekends", said Ashby.

Oracle made an unforced error when its 50-foot catamaran came off its foils early on the downwind second leg. That was enough for Burling to speed away around the seven-leg course.