New Zealand extend lead over USA in America's Cup final

Emirates Team New Zealand have simply been too fast for Oracle Team USA

Emirates Team New Zealand have simply been too fast for Oracle Team USA

This was an astute tactical race by the Emirates Team New Zealand afterguard who were prepared to make sacrifices to keep it tight and controlled.

New Zealand are one win from the America's Cup title after taking a 6-1 lead over USA.

"We would have to see the details. but on the basis of location its not a game changer".

Time will tell. By virtue of today's victory, Oracle Team USA has extended the racing into at least Monday, when the forecast calls for significantly better breeze.

"If we think the team's got a better chance with me on the wheel, clearly I'll go on the wheel".

A day after pugnacious Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill steered the defenders Oracle to their first win of the series, helmsman Peter Burling and New Zealand reasserted their dominance.

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Sailing - America's Cup finals - Hamilton, Bermuda - June 24, 2017.

With years of experience behind him and a confidence which has seen him win the "Auld Mug" twice, Spithill is not afraid of getting into a war of words off the water, with a reputation for making pointed jibes at his opponents.

Ainslie's reputation, drive and connections in business and sailing have ensured that his Land Rover BAR team's next America's Cup campaign is already fully-funded, despite the new outfit going out of the competition at the semi-final stage.

"That was exactly what the boys needed", said Spithill.

Ainslie has signed up to a framework agreement with the USA and other teams which would mean the event is held every two years in catamarans similar to those being raced in Bermuda. With Peter Burling and Blair Tuke leading the team, New Zealand has started the competition confidently and has showed enormous power and awareness.

"We said last night that we had a few things to work on and we addressed a few of them today", said Burling.

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Oracle made changes to their AC50 foiling catamaran during a five-day layoff period to try to make it faster in the light air and the result is a boat more evenly matched with the Kiwis in these conditions.

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.

The Kiwis looked to have successfully retained their crown after claiming a flawless set of race results on the day with three consecutive victories, while the leaders after day one ofthe Finals, Land Rover BAR Academy, had endured a hard afternoon and were still on the course with the rest of the field, languishing in fifth place.

"It's a bit of an advantage when you get off the start line like that".

On Sunday, Spithill, aiming for a third straight cup victory, threw in a slight swerve as the catamarans headed side-by-side for the startline, allowing Burling to blast across the line one second faster.

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