The challenging team showed their dominance in light winds, pulling away for convincing victories in all four races.
The final is a repeat of the last time the trophy was contested in 2013, when Team USA came from 8-1 down to win 9-8.
They must find a solution to the superior upwind speed of Team NZ's catamaran and devise a way to rattle Burling, who has been flawless with his starts and decision-making so far, nullifying the threat of aggressive match-racing ability of Team USA's Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill. "We've got five days now, very important days".
Its pretty obvious these guys are faster, Spithill said. Burling kept his composure, rounding the fifth gate with his 49 second advantage intact, and from that point there was no looking back Emirates Team New Zealand crossed the finish line almost a minute ahead of the U.S. team and Burling claimed his third victory on the trot in the America's Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton. We really need to use those days wisely.
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New Zealand, which beat Artemis in the challenger final, has fought back formidably since capsizing against the British team in the round-robin phase.
Defending champions the United States of America began the best-of-13 series with a one-point advantage after winning the earlier qualifying regatta, which was erased by New Zealand's race-one win.
In 2013 Oracle Team USA made use of some lay days to make crucial tweaks to their boat set-up and changed some personnel, bringing in legendary British Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie as tactician.
"Today was a really good day for us, we definitely feel like we improved on yesterday, we tidied up a lot of the errors from yesterday", Burling said. "The team's hungry. They're a very, very competitive group. We have to do that because we know these guys won't be sitting still". But they are really excited about that challenge over the next five days of taking that next step on our boat as well. keeping on pushing the performance moving forward.
Team New Zealand has dominated the opening salvo, winning both races Saturday and Sunday by significant margins through a combination of better starts, slicker crew work, fewer mistakes and a lightning-fast boat, aided to some extent by the "cyclors" or leg grinders in place of traditional arm-powered winches to better power the hydraulic systems.