Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Medical | By Rita Mcdonald

America's Cup: Team New Zealand dominate U.S. in Bermuda

America's Cup: Team New Zealand dominate U.S. in Bermuda

Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill isn't waiting for the opening race of 35th America's Cup to launch his game of cat-and-mouse with Emirates Team New Zealand.

Their Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill reverenced the remarkable fightback to beat Team NZ 9-8 in the Cup Match San Francisco four years ago, reminding the Kiwis to take nothing for granted.

"I don't know what you're talking about", Spithill said, all mock innocence when asked about New Zealand media reports that two bow sections had been seen being carried from the Americans' base to that of SoftBank Team Japan, the vanquished would-be challenger with whom the US have had a close working relationship. "We've got five very important days".

"I'm not happy with how we sailed today, even though we've got two points on the board", Burling said.

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Oracle's victory in the round-robin qualifiers meant that New Zealand, who held the cup from 1995 to 2003, started the...

After going into the competition one point down, the New Zealanders needed to win eight races to win the America's Cup, the world's oldest global sporting competition.

In 2013 Oracle Team USA made use of some lay days to make crucial tweaks to their boat set-up and changed some personnel, bringing in legendary British Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie as tactician. We tidied up a lot of those little errors we made yesterday around the course and I think that really showed.

"The amount of Kiwis that have also travelled up here, the flags that are around the village - we just really appreciate the support and it inspires us to keep pushing on". The Kiwis used the same foils they did in speeding to two victories Saturday while the American-backed crew appeared to use two different foils.

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Races 3 and 4 are scheduled Sunday.

The always-crafty Kiwis are using a “cyclor” grinding system. They have built four stationary cycling stations into each hull to tap leg power instead of traditional arm power from the grinders to power the hydraulic systems that control the wing mainsail and the daggerboards. We are dying to know. "This is the group to respond because we've got the confidence that we can do it", he said. “I thought we were faster than yesterday but unfortunately its just not enough. But its 50-foot catamaran came off its foils during a bad gybe and buried its bows in the water, allowing the Kiwis to speed back ahead and open a lead of about 300 yards.

In 2013, Ashby and the Kiwis led the best of 17-race series 8-1, but incredibly lost eight-straight races and suffered a humiliating defeat.

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