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Kiwis beat Oracle in 1st 2 America's Cup races in Bermuda

19 June 2017

After racing had finished on day two, Jimmy Spithill looked ahead to the five day break before racing restarts on 24th June and what Oracle Team USA can do to put themselves back in the fight.

It's a spectacle that would be unrecognizable to America's Cup sailors of even two decades ago - and other-worldly to those of 1851, when a syndicate of NY businessmen sailed the schooner America across the Atlantic and humbled the best of the British fleet in a race around the Isle of Wight in what marked the birth of the America's Cup. We really need to use those days wisely.

"Nothing will escape our eyes, I can guarantee that". He will already be working with his team on what they can change to find more boat speed. "He was a very good boxer in the early days".

"We've been in a situation like this before and we've had less time. We've got to get faster, it's very obvious", Spithill said.

The 37-year-old Australian skipper of Oracle Team USA will take on all comers, whether it's from behind the wheel of his fast catamaran in the America's Cup, in a boxing ring or via lethal mind games at news conferences. And thanks to the level of competition through the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series, the team is feeling battle-hardened: "We feel we are a much harder team after the racing we've had and it's full credit to the challengers for the way they pushed us in the series. Oracle will be good for the future of the America's Cup itself", the French skipper said.

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Peter Burling's hot form in the starting box has had JImmy Spithill chasing shadows during the America's Cup match on Bermuda's Great Sound.

After going into the competition one point down, the New Zealanders needed to win eight races to win the America's Cup, the world's oldest worldwide sporting competition.

Even Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill can not spin his way out of the lighter wind speed deficit at present.

Burling said that will be the team's approach over the next five days.

Spithill's Oracle Team USA continued their pursuit, in the hope of a mistake from their Kiwi rivals in the closing stages. However, it was not to materialise.

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However, despite Emirates Team New Zealand securing back-to-back victories on day one, Burling is not getting carried away just yet.

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.

The slick, pacy Kiwis have won the first four races in the battle for the Auld Mug to lead 3-0 in the best-of-13 series, given USA's point in hand from the qualifying rounds.

Peter Burling, the Kiwis helmsman, and his team of cyclists are now four wins away from seizing the “Auld Mug” for the first time since 2000.

In 2013, he helped lead one of the greatest comebacks in sports, when Oracle, down 8-1 at match point to the Kiwis, won eight straight races on San Francisco Bay to retain the oldest trophy in global sports.

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