America's Cup defenders US claw back a win over New Zealand

Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton congratulates helmsman Peter Burling on the Louis Vuitton Cup success in Bermuda
RICARDO PINTO ACEA 2017 Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton congratulates helmsman Peter Burling on the Louis Vuitton Cup success in Bermuda
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29 June, 2017

Potentially, in a situation like this you could see a team split apart, but when we got ashore everyone pulled together because we know this isn't over. "There's more on the table".

"We improved on boat speed today and another step tomorrow would be great". Both teams say they've a lot more in the tank and both were planning extensive reviews of their performances.

Conditions were better for racing than forecast on Saturday afternoon, with wind in the 9-12 knot range, from the southwest.

The sight of the boats skimming over the crystal clear waters of the natural sailing "arena" has drawn new audiences for sailing both in Bermuda and on television.

Once again the boat that won the start won the race and in today's first match up that was Emirates Team New Zealand.

"The boat is clearly faster because of the changes and it showed in the second race that if we as athletes can do a good job then the boat responds". "We feel like these guys have been given a few soft penalties".

Burling was quick to praise the shore crew for the work they'd done during the five day break: "They've made this great little boat quicker". You saw it in the Artemis race when the Umpires admitted they made a mistake.

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The margin of 2 minutes, 4 seconds was the biggest of the match.

Racing continues on Sunday afternoon.

Emirates Team New Zealand capitalised on mistakes from their rivals to leave them 4-0 ahead and just three points from victory. New Zealand tacked and gybed 17 times to Oracles 19.

Increasingly impressive young Team New Zealand helmsman and regatta rookie Burling executed a textbook manoeuvre against his vastly more experienced Oracle counterpart in race two on day four of the Cup match in Bermuda on Sunday (Monday NZ time).

In the opener, Spithill swerved slightly as the duelling catamarans headed for the start line, allowing Burling to blast across the line with a one-second lead.

Team New Zealand, which has been fast in light wind, needs two more victories to lift the oldest trophy in global sports from two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA, which is owned by software tycoon Larry Ellison.

"It makes life a little easier when you get off the start 14 seconds ahead", said Burling, who some thought would struggle when matching wits with two-time Cup victor Spithill. The Kiwis had a bad maneuver and Spithill sailed into the lead and on to victory. Kiwi fans who have been getting up at 5 a.m. He said those mistakes were due to a software glitch on the space-age boat.


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