Burling, Kiwis beat Oracle third time in America's Cup


The New Zealand team's double victory erased a one-point advantage the USA team earned in an earlier regatta and gave them an early lead as they showed superior speed over the defending champions in the opening races.

Emirates Team New Zealand rounded Gate Five with their advantage standing at a minute, with Jimmy Spithill only able to watch on in the hope of a mistake from his rival Peter Burling, but it was not to be.

"Credit to Peter [Burling] and Emirates Team New Zealand because they made fewer mistakes to win both races".

New Zealand continued to excel in light-wind sailing on the second day of racing as helmsman Peter Burling, 26, capitalised on a small mistake by the US team and extended his lead throughout Sunday. "We've got five very important days. We've been in a tough situation before and overcome a lot of different challenges and now we've got to respond", Spithill said. Oracle earned a bonus point for winning the qualifiers, but it was actually a negative point for the Kiwis, so the first-race win merely erased that.

Jimmy Spithill's ORACLE TEAM USA made the worst possible start to their defence of the "Auld Mug" as they were handed a penalty for crossing the start line fractionally early. But were also a very candid group and its quite clear we need to make changes.”.

However, there was to be no late drama, as Burling's team crossed the finish line 30 seconds ahead of Spithill's ORACLE TEAM USA, wiping out the minus one point deficit to the Defenders and levelling the overall scores to 0-0 ahead of race two.

A win by 49 seconds in race three was bettered by a winning margin of 1min 12sec in race four. We tidied up a lot of those little errors we made yesterday around the course and I think that really showed.

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"We know if we stand still, they'll catch us". Out teams really hungry to keep learning, keep moving forward, keep improving.

Other than the Kiwis remaining fast in light conditions, there's not much of a conclusion to draw yet.

Meanwhile, here is New Zealand cyclor Simon Van Velthooven, who won a bronze medal in the Men's Keirin at London 2012, to explain why light winds equal hard grind for the boat's muscle men. They have built four stationary cycling stations into each hull to tap leg power instead of traditional arm power from the grinders to power the hydraulic systems that control the wing mainsail and the daggerboards.

Race 4 was to follow.

"We've been here before, it's not over", he said. "We're not going to hide from the truth".

The Kiwis were simply imperious, once again dominating in the start box before opening unassailable leads over an impotent-looking Oracle, who have lost every leg of the Match so far.