Jimmy Spithill, the Oracle Team USA skipper, has vowed to come out swinging during todays third and fourth races of the 35th Americas Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton.
At the start of race two Spithill might have sniffed an opportunity when a mistake on a gybe had the Kiwi boat floundering with the Americans poised to attack.
However, it was day two to the Kiwis again, with Emirates Team New Zealand recording two more back-to-back victories over the Defenders of the America’s Cup, putting themselves three – zero up in the first-to-seven series that will determine the victor of the 35th America’s Cup.
Racing will resume again next Saturday.
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 Americas Cup on San Francisco Bay.
The most pleasing aspect for the Kiwis was the speed of their boat in the light conditions of seven to ten knots, Aotearoa New Zealand consistently quicker than the Americans.
They must find a solution to the superior upwind speed of Team NZ’s catamaran and devise a way to rattle Burling, who has been flawless with his starts and decision-making so far, nullifying the threat of aggressive match-racing ability of Team USA’s Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill.
Having cut the point deficit, Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand set about building on the momentum of victory in the first race by again beating Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA away from the start line. We must use the days wisely.
Team New Zealand lead the first-to-seven series 1-0.
“It’s pretty pleasing for us as a group to be able to win by that much with so many errors around the track”, Burling said before the contenders headed out for race two.
“You never stop developing the boats right up through the last race of the America’s Cup“, Spithill said.
“We sailed better today but we also made a lot of mistakes and we are a long way from where we want to be”, says Burling. We are dying to know.
The always-crafty Kiwis are using a “cyclor” grinding system. They have built four stationary cycling stations into each hull to tap leg power instead of traditional arm power from the grinders to power the hydraulic systems that control the wing mainsail and the daggerboards. He has won Olympic gold and silver medals with grinder Blair Tuke.
“We’ve been here before, it’s not over”, he said. “I thought we were faster than yesterday but unfortunately it’s just not enough”. Were not going to hide from the truth..