Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

New Zealand beats Oracle for third time in America's Cup

New Zealand beats Oracle for third time in America's Cup

After almost four years, Jimmy Spithill will once again lead ORACLE TEAM USA into battle against Emirates Team New Zealand.

It wasnt the cleanest start to sailings biggest regatta, leaving more questions than answers as both teams headed back to their bases to pore over data and figure out where they need to sharpen up. They won by 30 seconds, still showing their dominance in light wind. Emirates Team New Zealand faces Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup sailing match starting June.

“Were under no illusions, ” said Burling, 26.

"Our team is really hungry to keep moving forward and keep improving, we have another five days to keep working on the boat and go over all the footage". Coutts successfully defended the America's Cup in 2000 before jumping to Swiss startup syndicate Alinghi of Switzerland and sweeping his former team in 2003.

Team USA will now need to muster a similar comeback to 2013 - where they fought back from 8-1 down to lift the cup - in order to stop what could be the one of the most one-sided contests in America's Cup history.

Dominating Oracle from start to finish in all four outings, the Kiwis have been in imperious form, although Burling still believes there is room for improvement.

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The American team is also not considered to be sailing badly, they are simply up against a boat which in conditions so far, is clearly faster and well-sailed. We had our chances, but these guys made fewer mistakes.

Oracle Team USA races against Emirates Team New Zealand during the third race of America's Cup competition, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Smack talk is hardly new in the America's Cup. The Kiwis' 50-foot catamaran rose onto its hydrofoils and sped off across the turquoise waters of the Great Sound.

"I think it just shows that you guys will fall for anything", Spithill chuckled.

And then, saying he had a "leak" in the Kiwi camp, Spithill upstaged Burling when he said the Kiwis would pick Britain as their challenger semifinal opponent.

"We feel like were far from ideal today, and we've got a lot to improve on in the next few days". Were 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.”.

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At the start of the race, both teams were extremely close as they crossed the start line, and Oracle Team USA had a small advantage as they approached the first mark.

Spithill vowed that from today to Friday the entire U.S. team - from boat builders, designers, engineers and crew - would be working round the clock in a bid to catch up.

Races 3 and 4 are scheduled Sunday.

But Spithill, trying to pilot the U.S. to a third straight America's Cup title, was seconds early across the startline of race one and the Americans never recovered from the penalty, as Team New Zealand erased the United States boat's one-point advantage to level overall at 0-0.

But the Kiwis, the hard-luck losers to Oracle in 2013, later came off their foils during a difficult maneuver and slowed dramatically in light, shifty wind, losing half their lead. "Today I thought we got off the line pretty well, but they were pretty impressive accelerating".

The always-crafty Kiwis are using a "cyclor" grinding system.

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