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America's Cup: Team New Zealand hold the edge over Team USA

America's Cup: Team New Zealand hold the edge over Team USA

With a five-day gap until the next races, Oracle will work 24-hour days with their design and technical team to improve their boat speed, as they seek to match New Zealand's edge.

Having closed the gap, ORACLE TEAM USA's yacht came down off its foils and that gave Emirates Team New Zealand the chance to re-establish their lead.

The New Zealanders are well aware that it is possible not to win the America's Cup despite an early advantage, after being 8-1 up in San Francisco four years ago before losing to Oracle. The Kiwis lead of over two minutes was cut to just 30 seconds at the finish by the fast finishing Defender. "Clearly we weren't sailing at our best".

The second occurred at the end of the third beat in Race 2 where Oracle Team USA chopped a lead of 95 seconds at Mark 4 back to just three secs at the top of the beat, at Mark 5.

"We're more anxious about the boat - how to make the boat quicker, how to get around the track quicker".

The team will now be reviewing their performance to try and iron out mistakes, both skipper and helmsman saying they'd got plenty to ponder after today. "If you stop thinking about that, that's where you go wrong", Burling said.

'To me, it was more about boat placement than speed.

"I think the question is, imagine if these guys lost from here?"

'If you could get the boat set up nicely, then you could wind it down successfully. "The good news is, we're only one back".

Cammas, a former Jules Verne Trophy holder and skipper of Groupama Team France, is one of France's most accomplished sailors.

Jimmy Spithill and his mates with Oracle Team USA might need to start tapping out an SOS from the Bermuda Triangle.

Jimmy Spithill's Oracle team now face an uphill battle to win the competition, where the trophy is earned by the team that wins seven races.

After posing for pictures with Spithill alongside the coveted silver cup - unpacked from its Louis Vuitton trunk in the Bermuda sunshine by white-gloved guards - the 26-year-old Kiwi said he wouldn't be drawn into any mind games.

"To have another couple of points on the board is really good". There are a lot of great guys, guys that aren't afraid of a fight and guys that no matter what the situation, good or bad, they're not going anywhere. "We were far from our best today. We never stopped trimming and the boys got an absolute flogging".

'I think it was much more about boat placement because it was so shifty - and it was also about technique in those conditions - how you were adjusting the jib and the wing and the foil'.

The challengers quickly erased the defenders' one-win advantage on the scoreboard - a result of Oracle's win in the challenger qualifying series earlier this month - and built their own lead with victory in the day's second race.

However, a five-day break until race five and six on Sunday (NZT) will allow Team USA to make changes to its teetering defence.


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