Kiwis beat Oracle in 1st 2 America's Cup races in Bermuda

  • Kiwis beat Oracle in 1st 2 America's Cup races in Bermuda

Kiwis beat Oracle in 1st 2 America's Cup races in Bermuda

It was the start which set up victory in race one, Emirates Team New Zealand driving Spithill over the line early with Oracle penalised.

Emirates Team New Zealand ramped up the pressure on defending champions Oracle Team USA with their fourth successive win in the America's Cup final to go 3-0 up after the second day of racing on Sunday.

New Zealand continued to excel in light-wind sailing on the second day of racing as helmsman Peter Burling, 26, capitalised on a small mistake by the US team and extended his lead throughout Sunday. Emirates Team New Zealand faces Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup sailing match starting June 17.

Four years ago, New Zealand were eventually overhauled by an Oracle team that featured Britain's Ben Ainslie as tactician in what is regarded as one of sport's great comebacks.

After all, the 2013 America's Cup proved that no lead is safe.

“We will go away and look at what we need to improve because we all know for a fact that Jimmy [Spithill] wont give up and so we have to keep progressing.

"Clearly we didn't sail our best today, but we still had opportunities and that is what we will take away with us. I think the really pleasing thing out of it was the way we did scramble and we managed to get the job done no worries".

"We're under no illusions", said Burling, 26.

Oracle had entered the series with a one-point advantage from an earlier regatta, which New Zealand wiped out after winning the first race on Saturday.

"It's so shifty and so puffy, as we saw out there. you never stopped trimming something for the whole day, so those guys got an absolute whipping today.

Oracle will be good for the future of the America's Cup itself", the French skipper said.

Because they won the last two and in 37-year-old Jimmy Spithill have the more experienced helmsman, Oracle are favourites in this first-to-seven match race.

Further along the narrow hull of the catamaran is Blair Tuke, Burling's Olympic partner in the 49er skiff, who both cycles and adjusts the rake of the foils which allow the boat to lift out of the water and "fly".

Cammas, who showed his determination by battling back to the peak levels of fitness required to sail the demanding boats after a serious injury in training in late 2015 almost severed his foot, sees his future with the America's Cup, which remains his goal. 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.

Team NZ helmsman Peter Burling reflects on how his crew pulled together on race day one in the America's Cup match.

But the Kiwis later came off their foils during a hard maneuver and slowed dramatically in the tough conditions, losing half their lead.

The Kiwi's control system, which is manned by skipper Glenn Ashby, means that they can also be fast and accurate going into maneuvers and coming out.