US secure first win of America's Cup, trail NZ 4-1

US secure first win of America's Cup, trail NZ 4-1

With a fourth win at the 35 America's Cup, the underdogs (the New Zealand Yachts Sailing team) have taken a 3 point lead over the Oracle Team USA.

Oracle's boat clearly was faster than the opening weekend wipeout, when the Kiwis won four straight races by margins from 30 to 88 seconds.

But defending champions the United States of America replied with their first win of the best-of-13 series in race six in Bermuda.

The Kiwi team dominated the opening four races against the defender (one of the points from those wins was scrubbed out as Team NZ went into the Cup match on -1), revealing massive speed advantage over the US-flagged boat.

Races 7 and 8 are scheduled for Sunday.

Team New Zealand's boat could become even faster.

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.

The "Pitbull" fired several verbal shots at Team NZ, including accusing them of taking "days off" during the five-day break in racing.

"I like what I'm hearing about the possibility of going back to a mono hull and not making it the same circus that we have [in Bermuda]", Conner said in an interview with Rachel Smalley on Newstalk ZB's Early Edition.

The magazine reported that "at meals he sits with the engineers, not just the other sailors (or gets the sailors to join him), and has a constant back-and-forth with the engineers on how things really work, and what ifs".




"They've got this history of innovation", Coutts said.

The U.S. victory in the second race of the day gave the team backed by billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison hope of another comeback against New Zealand.

Murray's right-hand man Richard Slater, who is chief umpire at the event, has also had some tough calls to make during the racing leading up to the America's Cup final.

"We love blasting so we couldn't resist the temptation [to get on the foils]", Dunning Beck said.

“I think they said, ‘Ah, we heard rumors that youve been testing but we never thought youd actually bloody do it, “ van Velthooven said. Sailing Illustrated reported that Team NZ were getting a strong turn-out of "rabid, flag-waving fans (including many locals) for the race-day dock-out shows, while the number of Oracle supporters was embarrassingly small".

"We've definitely taken a step forward", said Slingsby.

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.

"People want to go back to what they saw in Auckland with a downtown event, the centre of the America's Cup, everybody having a great time, lots of people, lots of boats, lots of spectators and I see nothing but good to come out of it".

Oracle Team USA, right, races Emirates Team New Zealand during the fifth race of America's Cup sailing competition Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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