America's Cup: Kiwis are better, faster

Emirates Team New Zealand faces Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup sailing match starting June.

Throughout the build-up to the America's Cup Match series, New Zealand's Peter Burling has looked the most relaxed helmsmen among the five challenger crews, although qualifying has been testing, and included a near-catastrophic capsize.

The New Zealand team's double victory erased a one-point advantage the US team earned in an earlier regatta and gave them an early lead as they showed superior speed over the defending champions in the opening races.

Emirates Team New Zealand competes against Oracle Team USA in race one in America's Cup Finals.

"If you go to the sponsor now and you tell them we don't know where the competition is, which boat or how much money we need, we can not sell anything", Cammas said.

We've got to get faster, it's pretty obvious. Both teams have modified their boats and the two light wind duels showed the Kiwis' pace.

"We will go away and look at what we need to improve because we all know for a fact that Jimmy [Spithill] won't give up and so we have to keep progressing", said the kiwi helmsman after yesterday's races.

Aside from how they sail and who wins the tactical battles, there are other differences that could decide victory, including how they control their wings and foils, the hydraulic systems and the way the work is shared out between the six crew.

In 1988, after turning back New Zealand's rogue challenge with his catamaran defense, Conner engaged with some unpleasantness as a news conference ended, telling Kiwi boat designer Bruce Farr: "Get lost".

The New Zealand boat now needs another eight wins to take The Auld Mug back to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland, where it resided from 1995 until 2003.

Larry Ellison, center, co-founder of Oracle Corporation, looks on as Oracle Team USA races Emirates Team New Zealand in America's Cup sailing competition Saturday, June 17, 2017, in the Great Sound of Bermuda.

Burling, who has won Olympic gold and silver medals with grinder Blair Tuke, again appeared unflappable.

"I think we saw just how a couple of times these guys built a healthy lead, and in the blink of an eye it's back on again", Spithill said.

"The boat feels good, and they are sailing far beyond their age and experience", Ashby added.

Race Two: Emirates Team New Zealand beat ORACLE TEAM USA by 1 minute and 28 seconds.

However, there was to be no late drama, as Burling's team crossed the finish line 30 seconds ahead of Spithill's ORACLE TEAM USA, wiping out the minus one point deficit to the Defenders and levelling the overall scores to 0-0 ahead of race two.

Race 4 was to follow.

In the opening race Oracle were handed a penalty for crossing the start line slightly early, with the Kiwis punishing the defenders and opening up a comfortable lead of 1min 52sec by the fifth gate. The Kiwi catamaran rose onto its hydrofoils and sped ahead.

So far, the Kiwis and their cycling grinding system have proved too fast for Oracle in light, shifty wind.

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