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Oracle skipper Spithill tough on, off water in America's Cup


"Credit to Peter [Burling] and Emirates Team New Zealand because they made fewer mistakes to win both races".

The Kiwis lead 1-0 in the first-to-seven series, which continues with races three and four on Sunday.Emirates Team New Zealand threw down the gauntlet on the opening day of the 35th America's Cup on Saturday with two surprise victories over defending champions Oracle Team New Zealand.

Oracle had entered the series with a one-point advantage from an earlier regatta but New Zealand wiped out that advantage by winning the first race.

Now, the teams will renew hostilities with the oldest trophy in worldwide sport on the line once again.

Team NZ skipper Glenn Ashby said while the crew would like be back in the water tomorrow keeping the momentum up, they had targeted these next five days in the schedule for upgrades to the boat and finetuning work.

New Zealand continued to excel in light-wind sailing on the second day of racing as helmsman Peter Burling, 26, capitalised on a small mistake by the USA team and extended his lead throughout Sunday.

New Zealand last won the America's Cup in 2003 but it has lost two finals since then. "We're obviously going to put some hours in now, really have a good look back through all the video, all the data, sharpen up and come out swinging tomorrow". But were also a very candid group and its quite clear we need to make changes.”. "We've been in a tough situation before and overcome a lot of different challenges and now we've got to respond", Spithill said.

With the racing being held on the weekends in Bermuda, there is now five-days before race five and six.




"We're under no illusions", helsman Peter Burling, 26, said.

New Zealand are trying to expunge the bitter memory of 2013, when they led the United States 8-1 only to fall 9-8 as Oracle mounted one of the great comebacks in sports history in San Francisco.

HAMILTON, Bermuda Jimmy Spithill isnt afraid of a fight.

"We've proved we can win races against these guys".

Oracle was still figuring out its boat, and following the infamous "day off" allowed by Team New Zealand, came back with a new tactician in Ben Ainslie and a new mojo.

The two-time defending Americas Cup champions are foundering badly against hotshot young helmsman Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand, who are threatening to sail — and cycle — away with the oldest trophy in global sports.

"It's a lot harder for them if we keeping moving, if we stand still, they'll catch us". He has won Olympic gold and silver medals with grinder Blair Tuke.

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