Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

America's Cup: Team New Zealand dominate U.S. in Bermuda

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. Whether it's system related, appendage related, sailing technique or strategy, we are going to look at absolutely everything.

"Good boat speed and good manoeuvres, it's turning out quite nicely for us". Out team's really hungry to keep learning, keep moving forward, keep improving.

Jimmy Spithill's Oracle team now face an uphill battle to win the competition, where the trophy is earned by the team that wins seven races.

Well-funded Oracle Team USA - Ellison is worth an estimated $55 billion - has five days to come up with some answers to try to counter the spot-on design innovations by the scrappy, underfunded Kiwis, who almost folded after their epic collapse in the 2013 America's Cup on San Francisco Bay.

New Zealand's biggest shock so far was to introduce a revolutionary cycling system on their 50-foot (15 metre) catamaran, which allows "cyclors" rather than traditional "grinders" to generate the hydraulic power needed to operate its high-tech "foils" and towering "wing" sail.

New Zealand are closing in on winning the America's Cup, having claimed four of the eight races they need to recapture the world's oldest worldwide sporting competition. "We're obviously disappointed with what was a tough day, but the deficit is only one point so we we're not panicking", said a defiant Spithill.

Boats compete in the America's Cup J Class Regatta June 15, 2017 in Hamilton. Both teams have modified their boats and the two light wind duels showed the Kiwis' pace.

They gained control from the outset and employed superior boat speed to simply sail clear of the hapless Americans.

"I was just kind of taking it easy", Burling said of his approach to the pre-Cup press conference.

Burling has barely engaged in the start box, keeping out of trouble and relying on boat speed to hand them an early advantage on the opening two legs.

Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill admitted his team will need to make major changes if they are to turn the match around.

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".

"Oracle is a multinational team and they're not wearing their heart on their sleeve perhaps as much as the Kiwis and when it gets to those key moments when its all on the line, who is going to be more motivated to win it?", Ainslie said.

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.

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