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Burling, Team New Zealand reach match point in America's Cup

Burling, Team New Zealand reach match point in America's Cup”

"You're from New Zealand did you say", Spithill fired back, prompting laughter from the reporters at the press conference.

"It was five very long days but the good thing is we've been able to reward the entire shore crew with a win. And we think there's more speed in the tank". And we're not done. “I think we showed today that we are a pretty tough bunch. The early forecast expects more downrange winds of 8 to 12 knots. But there were shifts and patches of light breeze on the race course, giving opportunities for tactical passes.

Team New Zealand has won seven races but began with a negative point because Oracle won the qualifiers.

"We're frustrated with race one", Spithill said. He said the Kiwis had benefited from some "soft" calls by the umpires. Theyre ready to get to work.”. The next race day is June 26 and will continue daily thereafter until there is a victor (first to 7 points).

Ahead by 32 seconds through the third gate, Team NZ found a decisive puff down the right boundary of the fourth leg to further extend the margin.

Racing continues on Sunday afternoon.

Things started badly for the U.S. as it was a fraction of a second over the line at the start of the first race, picking up a penalty which left it trailing. Spithill, set up to windward, put his bow down to accelerate just a fraction early and was judged early to the start, ceding a penalty and rounding mark one three seconds behind.

Its no matter to Spithill that Oracle merely cut Team New Zealands lead in the first-to-seven regatta to 4-1.

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Even with the wide margin in Race 5, Oracle Team USA looked faster than it did in getting humbled in four races last weekend. The next time the boats came together, Team New Zealand was slightly ahead and on the favored starboard tack.

Team USA, skippered by Jimmy Spithill, beat New Zealand by 11 seconds in the second race of the day - halting the Kiwis' run of five straight wins.

Burling, who at only 26 could also unseat Spithill as the youngest ever person to helm a winning America's Cup team, has exuded a disarming calm on and off the water.

Regardless of who wins, Ainslie is calling for a quick decision on the format to keep the momentum from Bermuda and is a strong advocate of the World Series lead-up event, which has boosted support for fans and broadcasters.

The America's Cup, the oldest competition in worldwide sport, was first raced in 1851 around the Isle of Wight and has only been won by four nations.

Spithill said his team had seen the Kiwis taking a few days off during the week while Team USA sailed every day.

Team New Zealand have responded to Oracle's fightback in the best possible fashion as they reasserted their dominance on Bermuda's Great Sound.

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