America's Cup reaches crossroads as Kiwis near win

America's Cup reaches crossroads as Kiwis near win

That could all change if the USA holders are able to turn around a 3-0 Kiwi lead in the first-to-seven competition on Bermuda's Great Sound when racing resumes this weekend.

"We're frustrated with race one".

Sweden and Germany were comfortably in second and third but tangled at the bottom mark, with Sweden picking up a penalty for not giving Germany enough room and the Germans got caught up on the mark and struggled to break free.

This would please many sponsors, but not everyone liked the idea with some saying it was not true to the spirit of the cup and New Zealand boycotted the agreement.

Oracle went deep in the west corner of the box while New Zealand went deep to the north boundary, The two came together in the middle of the box and Oracle did a wiggle to burn speed.

Unlike race five earlier this morning, race six was a much tighter contest with neither team getting an advantage of more than 15 seconds throughout the seven-leg race.

The win gives Oracle Team USA its first point, the cup holders still trail Emirates Team New Zealand four-one. "That's good. I love seeing that".

But Oracle is still making mistakes, which Spithill acknowledged.

"We are clear that we want to compete in the next America's Cup", Land Rover's Cameron said, adding that his preference was for it to be governed by the framework agreement, with an established class of boats and a "World Series" racing circuit.




“I think they said, ‘Ah, we heard rumors that youve been testing but we never thought youd actually bloody do it, “ van Velthooven said. We've seen these guys taking days off. They gybed around in front of Oracle and led them to the right.

This is the first time cyclists have powered a boat in the America's Cup match.

However, Oracle Team USA's new-found speed paid dividends on leg 5/7 as they cut the gap to their rivals and engaged in close-quarter racing. "That's sport, we try not to put it in their hands but we feel they made the right call", said Burling.

But none of this seems to have rattled the low-key Burling, despite a capsize in a semi-final race which almost ended the Kiwi dream of avenging the 2013 defeat that still haunts New Zealand.

"Now we've got confidence", the 37-year-old Spithill said.

Spithill said Oracle made too many changes to the boat to mention.

After five days with no racing, both crews have been working to improve the performance of their space-age catamarans, with the pressure on the USA crew and their extensive design and technical team to pull something out of the hat.

Burling and his crew fought hard to get back into the race and at one stage got a lead, only to be overtaken and ultimately left trailing in the wake of the USA boat as it screamed into the finish, to loud cheers from many Bermudan supporters.

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