Team New Zealand go 3-nil up on Oracle

Jeannette Daniel
June 26, 2017

This America's Cup is a revenge match for New Zealand, who lost in 2013 after seeing an 8-1 lead overturned. Theyre going to be there when we need them.”.

Emirates Team New Zealand faces Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup sailing match starting June.

The Kiwis continued their dominant form by winning both races in Bermuda on Sunday, adding to their two victories from race one and two on Saturday.

A win by 49 seconds in race three was bettered by a winning margin of 1min 12sec in race four as the the boat helmed by Peter Burling charged to within four wins of lifting the Auld Mug.

One again, cool heads prevailed and with the boat up and running properly Emirates Team New Zealand held off Spithill then floored it, forcing the Oracle skipper to acknowledge: "Their acceleration was pretty impressive off the line".

The two-time defending Americas Cup champions are foundering badly against hotshot young helmsman Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand, who are threatening to sail — and cycle — away with the oldest trophy in worldwide sports.

"We wanted a race win today", said Spithill, whose team beat New Zealand twice in qualifying.

The U.S. holders of the oldest trophy in worldwide sport not only go into the first-to-seven event with a bonus point for topping the qualifiers series, they are also racing on "home" waters, having based themselves in Bermuda since winning the sailing's most prestigious prize in San Francisco in 2013.

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The New Zealand team are a fast, well-oiled machine with their aerodynamic pod of four "cyclor" sailors, who supply the energy needed to power the boat's massive wing sail by pedaling on bikes.

"We've made it no secret we're here to try to win the America's Cup", said the 26-year-old Burling.

"These are the best boats, the two best crews and we're both highly motivated to win".

"It was obviously a tough day", Spithill said. "And we're under no illusions the other guys are not going to give us a break".

Jimmy Spithill, looking strained but keeping the upbeat message, calls the next five days a "great opportunity".

"It's a lot harder for them if we keeping moving, if we stand still, they'll catch us". Simon van Velthooven, who won a bronze medal in track cycling at the London Olympics, was aboard for Race 3.

Oracle made an unforced error when its catamaran came off its foils early on the downwind second leg.

The 37-year-old Australian skipper of Oracle Team USA will take on all comers, whether its from behind the wheel of his fast catamaran in the Americas Cup, in a boxing ring or via lethal mind games at news conferences.

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