Race three saw Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand pick up where they left off on day one, sealing a third consecutive victory over Jimmy Spithill’s Oracle Team USA to extend their advantage in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton to two points at the halfway stage of day two. Whether it’s system related, appendage related, sailing technique or strategy, we are going to look at absolutely everything. Because Oracle won the qualifiers, the challenger started the 35th America’s Cup match with a negative point.
“But we’re also a very candid group and it’s quite clear we need to make changes”.
“I think you’ve got two of the best teams in the world going head-to-head in a real heavyweight battle and man, “.
It’s not an altogether unfamiliar predicament for the 37-year-old, who famously fought back from an 8-1 deficit back in 2013 to steal the Auld Mug from underneath the New Zealanders’ noses.
A member of Emirates Team New Zealand raises a sail before a sailing training session Friday, June 16, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda.
Burling steered his team to back-to-back wins on both days at the weekend, with the challengers now four races away from winning the Cup. Spithill said, glancing at Barker. 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. Both teams have modified their boats and the two light wind duels showed the Kiwis’ pace.
Four years ago, the Americans, guided by Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill, pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in sport. Afterwards Spithill said the Oracle team would be working 24 hours shifts using all their resources in every department to find more speed.
“But Peter Burling is young and he learns very quickly and he has a good boat. he’s very confident with the speed of his boat and with that you can compete better”, Cammas said, adding that Spithill’s ability to come out fighting even when his back is against the wall will count for a lot.
In light easterly winds, the New Zealand team’s foils, which lift the boat out of the water at speed, appeared to be more efficient, consolidating the Kiwis’ reputation as light wind specialists.
It’s quiet on the Emirates Team New Zealand base, the calm before the storm in Bermuda.
But the Kiwis later came off their foils during a hard maneuver and slowed dramatically in the tough conditions, losing half their lead.
“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.
Race Two: Emirates Team New Zealand beat ORACLE TEAM USA by 1 minute and 28 seconds.