Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

NZ build on lead over USA in America's Cup

NZ build on lead over USA in America's Cup

The Kiwi boat showed superior speed in both races in the first direct comparison of the high-tech 50-foot (15 meter) catamarans' performance.

The Kiwis moved into a 1-0 lead over Oracle after winning the first two races of the Americas Cup in the Great Sound yesterday.

"Everyone connected to our team has been working incredibly hard to try and give us a fast boat and it is incredible to be able to reward them with two victories today", said Peter Burling.

After yesterday's ideal start, Peter Burling and his team came up golden again to clinch a 49-second victory over rival Jimmy Spithill and his Oracle boat.

"It's a very, very competitive boat, guys have done a lot of work, a lot of upgrading on it and we feel we'll be competitive".

"We've been in a tough situation before and overcome a lot of different challenges and now we've got to respond", Spithill 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.

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. Were not happy with the way we sailed today, although were really pleased with the outcome.”. "It is too early to draw conclusions on what went wrong for us but we will go away and look at what we have to change ahead of tomorrow". Burling had been criticized for his starting acumen on days when his boat was clearly not set up correctly. "The next five days will be the most important five days of the competition", Spithill said.

The two-time defending America's 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. "However, I've been here before, and it is still only a point!"

In the opening race Oracle were handed a penalty for crossing the start line slightly early, with the Kiwis punishing the defenders and opening up a comfortable lead of 1min 52sec by the fifth gate. Spithill said, glancing at Barker.

Oracle fell back, however, allowing the New Zealand team to secure their second win. That's what we're planning to race.

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.

Although they won twice, by 30 seconds and 1 minute, 28 seconds, the Kiwis lead just 1-0.

However, Burling did not have it all his own way and mistakes began to creep in.

Blair Tuke, a crewman on Emirates Team New Zealand, responded with a cartoon of a gassed-looking bald eagle failing to keep up with a trim kiwi speeding away on a bicycle. It was a tricky, shifty day and if you made a small mistake it ended up being a costly one.”.

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

Emirates Team New Zealand competes against Oracle Team USA in race one in America's Cup Finals.

The kiwi on a bike is a reference to Team New Zealand's innovative grinding system in which it has replaced traditional coffee-grinder winches with stationary bikes to tap the grinders' leg power instead of arm power.

After the racing Ashby paid tribute to his crew, all of whom (Ashby excepted) were sailing in their first America's Cup race. "Today I thought we got off the line pretty well, but they were pretty impressive accelerating".

"We'll have to go back and look at that because it was obviously a key moment in the race".

Before sitting out the challenger semi-finals and final, they topped the round-robin qualifying standings to earn a valuable bonus point that they take into the America's Cup proper.

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