U.S. chasing New Zealand and America's Cup 'miracle'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 12:21
But if the Kiwis win, the expectation is that it will move to Auckland, although there are also some suggestions that it could also be held in Dubai, where the main New Zealand sponsor Emirates Airline is based.
Burling's admission it was Team New Zealand's mistakes that saw them drop their first race of the finals, comes at a time when the two sides are almost evenly matched.
Perhaps the most keen observer this weekend will be New Zealander Russell Coutts, one of the most dominant figures in the regatta's history.
"Our whole programme since we've arrived in Bermuda we've only focused on ourselves and our own boat".
"I would expect (them) to be absolutely smacking us because of the way the tables were weighted in their favour". In sailing these boats, split-second decisions can lead to big gains or big losses. "Absolutely. Even if you can't change equipment, you can definitely dream up ways of sailing the boat better and using better technique".
Jimmy Spithill trails the Kiwis 4-1 in the first-to-seven regatta but after being behind 8-1 against the same team in San Francisco in 2013 before winning the cup 9-8, he said anything was possible. All eyes are now on Spithill and his crew, to see if another San Francisco-inspired turnaround is on the cards. Team New Zealand appears to have nailed its design package, from its foils to its revolutionary cycling grinding system to how skipper Glenn Ashby controls the shape of the wingsail to its windage.
The next time the boats came together, Team New Zealand was slightly ahead and on favored starboard tack.
Emirates Team New Zealand capitalised on mistakes from their rivals to leave them 4-0 ahead and just three points from victory. "It was nice to have five days off, and give the shore crew a good opportunity to work on the boat and make this great boat we've got a little bit quicker". As for losing the first race of the series, Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Peter Burling said, "It was great to see a little bit of fight out of these boys", a comment that was sure to be repeated in the Oracle camp. And this time is possibly one of the most impressive editions.
Spithill, who was wearing a bandage on his wrist after injuring it during a hard week's training, was upbeat about the team's chances of getting back into the competition. "They've already proven to be really, really successful".
With Team New Zealand looking so strong, there are already questions about whether the Kiwis will stick with catamarans or return to monohulls if they lift the Cup off Ellison.
But things could change if New Zealand triumph as the winners decide the format of the next cup and the Kiwis are the only team not to have signed up to the deal.
America's Cup match, presented by Louis Vuitton.