Burling's New Zealand claim early advantage in America's Cup

Taylor Byrd
June 19, 2017

Team New Zealand after their win in race number one.

“But we need to sharpen up — and thats what we will focus on tonight.”.

During that round-robin, they beat New Zealand twice. "Oracle will be good for the future of the America's Cup itself", the French skipper said.

Oracle Team USA is looking to win its third consecutive America's Cup, a feat last achieved by the same team in the 1930s.

For a few dramatic minutes, it looked like Spithill was going to salvage a split of Saturday's races. In this photo provided by the America's Cup Event Authority, Oracle Team USA competes during Race 2 of the America's Cup match sailing competition, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in the Great Sound of Bermuda.

"I think the question is, imagine if these guys lost from here?" "We're obviously going to put some hours in now, really have a good look back through all the video, all the data, sharpen up and come out swinging tomorrow". We also learned, or confirmed, the kiwi team is insane fast in the 8 knot winds seen today.

"Oracle is a multinational team and they're not wearing their heart on their sleeve perhaps as much as the Kiwis and when it gets to those key moments when its all on the line, who is going to be more motivated to win it?", Ainslie said.

Spithill told his crew: "Hang in there".

However, a six-day break until race five and six on Sunday (NZT) will allow Team USA to make changes to a defence which is teetering.

Oracle got their title defence off to a horrendous start, losing todays opening two races with a luke-warm display they would rather quickly forget.

Be in the know and enjoy the benefit of one-click access to the Republican-American.Click into our Express Log In and each day's top stories will keep yourself informed, engaged, and entertained with valuable real news from your town. The Kiwi catamaran rose onto its hydrofoils and sped ahead.

In light easterly winds, the New Zealand team's foils, which lift the boat out of the water at speed, appeared to be more efficient, consolidating the Kiwis' reputation as light wind specialists.

Then again, it could also be a repeat of 1995, when Team New Zealand, then led by skipper Russell Coutts and Peter Blake, sailed a fast boat to a five-race wipeout of Dennis Conner off San Diego to hoist the America's Cup for the first time. They had enough of an advantage to hit the line well ahead. During tacks and gybes, the cyclists unclip, run across the trampoline to the other hull and clip back in, powering the hydraulic systems that control the wingsail and raise and lower the daggerboards.

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