Emirates Team New Zealand take early control against Oracle Team USA

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26 June, 2017

“I think its pretty obvious these guys are faster and we need to make some serious changes, ” a glum-looking Spithill said.

In light, shifty winds on the turquoise waters of the Great Sound, Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand made fewer mistakes than Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA and won the first two races of the 35th America's Cup.

The Kiwis now hold a 3-0 lead after a fourth successive win wiped out the one-point advantage defending champions Oracle Team USA had held after winning the regatta before the final.

Team New Zealand needs to win four more races to return the Auld Mug to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland, where it resided from 1995-2003.

In 2013, Team New Zealand had its boat as good as it would get virtually from day one.

But at the end of the first day of racing in the America's Cup match, Jimmy Spithill's were fairly tight.

"Good boat speed and good manoeuvres, it's turning out quite nicely for us". "This is the group to respond because we've got the confidence that we can do it", he said.

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The 37-year-old Australian skipper of Oracle Team USA will take on all comers, whether its from behind the wheel of his fast catamaran in the Americas Cup, in a boxing ring or via lethal mind games at news conferences.

Racing resumes Saturday and Sunday.

On Thursday, Emirates Team New Zealand posted photos on its Facebook page showing Oracle crewmen carrying bow sections to SoftBank Team Japans base, speculating that Oracle was assembling a backup boat using the Japanese platform.

As Spithill pointed out, Oracle have been in this position before, having been forced to play their postponement card early on in the last Cup match in San Francisco to buy themselves some time to address some deficiencies in their set-up.

Spithill vowed that from today to Friday the entire U.S. team - from boat builders, designers, engineers and crew - would be working round the clock in a bid to catch up.

Team USA bounced back from an 8-1 deficit in 2013 against the Kiwis to win 9-8 in the sport's most captivating episode yet. "It was no coincidence that we saw the Kiwi spy boat out there - I just can't believe you guys fell for it again".

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. The Kiwis used the same foils they did in speeding to two victories on Saturday while the American-backed crew appeared to use two different foils.


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