America's Cup: Team New Zealand dominate US 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.

Both teams essentially had faultless races, but the superior boat speed of Emirates Team New Zealand proved the deciding factor, the Kiwis pulling away throughout the race to build a lead of 500 metres heading towards the fifth gate.

But Emirates Team New Zealand was able to live with Oracle Team USA, and after both boats flew to mark 1 nearly level the Kiwi yacht found a click more pace to take the lead.

After racing had finished on day two, Jimmy Spithill looked ahead to the five day break before racing restarts on June 24 and what ORACLE TEAM USA can do to put themselves back in the fight.

"We have five days to go back, work over the boat and review our stuff". We've got to get faster.

It means that Team New Zealand leads the series 3-nil in the race to seven after four wins. We need to use those days wisely.

One again, cool heads prevailed and with the boat up and running properly Emirates Team New Zealand held off Spithill then floored it, forcing the Oracle skipper to acknowledge: "Their acceleration was pretty impressive off the line".

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.

“It was a really good day for us and we definitely feel weve improved a lot on yesterday, ” Burling said.

And while other observers said the two wins gave New Zealand a significant psychological boost, Mr Unflappable, helmsman Peter Burling, kept it typically understated: "It felt like our boat was going really fast, which is really pleasing". "We have to do that because we know these guys won't be sitting still". They've also made the right choices on which foils to use on the ends of their daggerboards.

Burling has barely engaged in the start box, keeping out of trouble and relying on boat speed to hand them an early advantage on the opening two legs.

  • Julie Sanders