Burling, Team New Zealand win Race 7 in America's Cup

by Susie Olson June 29, 2017, 15:32
Burling, Team New Zealand win Race 7 in America's Cup

It's match point for Emirates Team New Zealand at the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda after a stunning performance against Oracle Team USA.

Oracle Team USA won the Cup in 2013 in San Francisco after staging one of the most astonishing sporting comebacks against New Zealand, winning 9-8 after going 8-1 down. "We've been there before".

"A little more work tonight and a some more improvement with our sailing and we're a shot at getting a couple more wins tomorrow". That was the key thing. I think we showed today that we're a pretty tough bunch.

Such head-to-head duels can often determine the outcome of America's Cup clashes, with New Zealand quickly establishing an early lead which they never relinquished.

"They deserved to win both of the races because we clearly made far too many mistakes out there". "Once the guys see the boat is faster, then you start building some momentum".

The second of Sunday's two races started with Emirates Team New Zealand putting clear air between them and Oracle Team USA well before the start-line after Spithill had failed to box in his rival, having to watch Burling accelerating into a 13 second lead before Spithill had even crossed the start.

After racing, as Spithill promised, the team returned the Great Sound for more testing after a short break for the press conference and to make some adjustments and changes to the boat. "We're really happy with the package they've given us".

It was the start of a nightmare race for Spithill who took Oracle over the boundary line for an unforced error that copped a penalty and in another poor mark rounding he sat the boat down again.

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They were penalised twice and had a costly manoeuvre in the first race, allowing the Kiwis to take the first race of the day.

“We didnt sail particularly well today but it was great to walk away with another win.

Spithill said there was a quick crew meeting after Race 8 and he was pleased that the sailors kept their composure.

That should be answered in races seven and eight of the America's Cup in Bermuda this morning.

Ahead by about five boat lengths across the line, they were 12 seconds up at the first mark - game over.

Although the six-man US crew managed to notch up their first victory of the series on Saturday, and appeared finally to be matching the Kiwis for speed, they were less stable when "foiling" above the water.

Oracle Team USA dips a hull in the water during the eighth race of America's Cup sailing competition against Emirates Team New Zealand, Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda.


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