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19 June 2017, 12:40 | Sandy Nunez
Kiwis beat Oracle in America's Cup opener in Bermuda
The American-backed crew benefited from a wind shift sailing upwind on leg five in the second race and made up a huge deficit, pulling right behind the Kiwis sailing through the gate mark.
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.
Burling, a 26-year-old who has won Olympic gold and silver medals with grinder Blair Tuke, again appeared unflappable.
Two races are scheduled on both days this weekend, beginning at 14:12 local time (1:12pm ET).
(AP Photo/Gregory Bull). EmiratesTeam New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling gestures on his way towards a sailing training session Friday, June 16, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda. The Kiwi catamaran rose onto its hydrofoils and sped off across the turquoise waters of the Great Sound.
Although they've won the first four races, the Kiwis lead Oracle 3-0.
The Kiwi syndicate have won four-from-four races in the Cup Match off Bermuda so far, having started one point behind, and now need another four to clinch the Auld Mug.
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.
He's already going strong as he attempts to win a third straight America's Cup with Oracle Team USA, the powerhouse squad owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison.
Racing resumes Saturday and Sunday.
"It was obviously a tough day", Spithill said.
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"We're more anxious about the boat - how to make the boat quicker, how to get around the track quicker". "We've got five very important days and we've got to go to work".
Oracle does have history on its side.
Oracle Team USA were over the line in the first start, allowing New Zealand to gain an advantage and extend their lead during the race, despite an uncomfortable moment at the last mark, when the Kiwis came off their foils.
Race Two:Emirates Team New Zealand beat ORACLE TEAM USA by 1 minute and 28 seconds. Although it was sometimes hard for him to be coming from behind, he and his team now have a clearer vision of what it takes to perform in the America's Cup.
Look, I really try and portray the team, Spithill said Friday after he and Burling posed with the Americas Cup. "The team's hungry. They're a very, very competitive group".
But we need to sharpen up and thats what we will focus on tonight..
Much more is at stake than who wins the "Auld Mug", the world's oldest worldwide sporting trophy, as the final of the competition gets underway in Bermuda's Great Sound on Saturday.
"If we have to change hulls, its nearly twice the price to have our chance to perform", Cammas said. We tidied up a lot of those little errors we made yesterday around the course and I think that really showed. "And we're under no illusions the other guys are not going to give us a break".
The Kiwi's control system, which is manned by skipper Glenn Ashby, means that they can also be fast and accurate going into manoeuvres and coming out.
A win by New Zealand could threaten France's continued sponsorship by French insurance group Groupama as the Kiwis have not signed up to a framework agreement that was created to ensure continuity for the competition.
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