Team New Zealand go 3-nil up on Oracle
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 18:09
New Zealand continued to excel in light-wind sailing and again showed superior speed over the US boat.
Now, the teams will renew hostilities with the oldest trophy in worldwide sport on the line once again.
"Clearly we weren't sailing at our best". He is an America's Cup rookie. "We'll keep battling away and aim to get the remaining six wins needed as soon as possible".
Team USA bounced back from an 8-1 deficit in 2013 against the Kiwis to win 9-8 in the sport's most captivating episode yet.
"I think we're going to see one of the best sporting events of the year here over the next two weekends", said Spithill.
The New Zealanders' first race victory of the day put the scores at zero - zero as Jimmy Spithill's team started the America's Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton with a one point advantage over their rivals, having won the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers.
"However, I've been here before, and it is still only a point!"
Oracle Team USA were over the line in the first start, allowing New Zealand to gain an advantage and extend their lead during the race, despite an uncomfortable moment at the last mark, when the Kiwis came off their foils. "We basically handed that first race to them". But were also a very candid group and its quite clear we need to make changes..
Coutts has been the CEO of Oracle Team USA since it beat Alinghi in 2010. That was enough for Burling to speed away around the seven-leg course.
Oracle USA skipper, Jimmy Spithill, an Australian, is trying to win his third straight America's Cup before he turns 38.
"I think the question is, imagine if these guys lost from here?"
It has been one-way traffic, with Team NZ following the blueprint of the opening two races in dominating races three and four on Monday (NZT).
Emirates Team New Zealand forged further ahead on day two of the 35th America's Cup with another clean sweep of Sunday's races in Bermuda.
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It's a spectacle that would be unrecognizable to America's Cup sailors of even two decades ago - and other-worldly to those of 1851, when a syndicate of NY businessmen sailed the schooner America across the Atlantic and humbled the best of the British fleet in a race around the Isle of Wight in what marked the birth of the America's Cup.
Emirates Team New Zealand takes their boat out for a sailing training session Friday, June 16, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda.