New Zealand wins 5th straight vs Oracle in America's Cup

Skipper Jimmy Spithill has his swagger back, meaning it's game on in the America's Cup on the Great Sound.

It worked. Both races featured lead changes and ORACLE TEAM USA earned its first win of the series.

But the improvement in the US boat, and tough talk from Spithill, can't help but remind the Kiwis of their crushing defeat in 2013, when they led 8-1 in San Francisco only for Team USA to roar back to a 9-8 triumph and retain yachting's most coveted prize.

Ainslie's reputation, drive and connections in business and sailing have ensured that his Land Rover BAR team's next America's Cup campaign is already fully-funded, despite the new outfit going out of the competition at the semi-final stage.

That win means that the 35th America's Cup will continue into Monday 26th June as neither team can reach the seven points needed to win the 35th America's Cup in the two races scheduled on Sunday 25th June.

The underfunded but crafty Kiwis are humbling the powerhouse team owned by American software tycoon Larry Ellison.

Spithill has been here before.

In today's second race, Oracle skipper JImmy Spithill was quicker off the start-line and powered into the first mark three seconds ahead.

"The amount of fans that we have got behind us. the support we are getting from home and the number of flags we see here every blows us away", he said.

Spithill said Oracle made too many changes to the boat to mention.

"We know we can do this", he said.

He closed the gap and crossed just ahead of the Kiwis on the third leg.

However, just as they had taken the lead, ORACLE TEAM USA were punished once again as the boats crossed for a second time on leg 3/7.

"We've been excpecting these races to be a bit tighter like that, but we feel we've got really good boat-opn-boat stuff now to be able to deal with it".

"I think we all saw today that the boat is faster". "And we look forward coming back tomorrow and making less mistakes and giving a polished performance".

"We're frustrated with race one", Spithill said.

"It does remind me of San Francisco", Spithill said.

Burling, the 26-year-old bidding to become the youngest winning helmsman of the America's Cup, was as cool in the press conference on Monday as he was on the wheel where he completely outgunned Oracle Cup veteran and double victor Jimmy Spithill. Spithill dipped underneath and both crews pushed the protest button.

At gate four Spithill took a gamble, jibing in the run up to the next gate, but it proved to be an error and Burling took the shorter course to the gate to edge ahead of his rival.

Sailing - America's Cup finals - Hamilton, Bermuda - June 24, 2017.

  • Julie Sanders