New Zealand wins 5th straight vs Oracle in America's Cup

Burling, Kiwis beat Oracle third time in America's Cup

Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill isn't helping his cause with mistakes.

Oracle Team USA were back on the water Tuesday as they scramble to find answers to Emirates Team New Zealand before America's Cup racing resumes on Saturday.

Oracle Team USA practices for the America's Cup Final on the Great. It started with a negative point because Oracle Team USA, owned by billionaire Larry Ellison, won the qualifiers.

But Spithill's been here before.

In the America's Cup that was held in 2013, US was held down by the Kiwis 8-1 but they made a comeback and the score was 9-8 at end of the match.

Coutts was working with the Oracle crew this week to improve its decision-making.

This time they're up against a Kiwi team that has been rebuilt since their mind-numbing San Francisco meltdown.

"We love blasting so we couldn't resist the temptation [to get on the foils]", Dunning Beck said. If anyone is going to make gains it is probably Team New Zealand. It was 24 hours shifts for the guys on the shore, and the good thing was we were able to reward them with the win.

Race 6 was to follow.

"If you have half a brain and you know that your legs are stronger than your arms, why wouldn't you give it a go?" van Velthooven said. "We've been there before". That was the key thing That's why today was very, very important.

While an Auckland cup would be more expensive for some sponsors and create challenges for televising the event in some countries, sponsors such as Land Rover which supports Britain's BAR team do not see it as a deal breaker. It looked amusing then to us. But on the other side, that's pretty exciting that there's quite a bit more left on the table.

"I guess these last couple of days is just assessing those changes and I would expect on Friday to lock it in and get used to sailing the boat again in a slightly different configuration".

Spithill said Oracle made too many changes to the boat to mention.

"I think they said, 'Ah, we heard rumors that you've been testing but we never thought you'd actually bloody do it, ' " van Velthooven said. The Kiwis have had their share of mayhem this spring, including a capsize in the challenger semifinals.

Burling could become the youngest helmsman to win sailing's greatest prize. "But we're really happy with the lead we've got".

To which Spithill responded, "It's just beginning, mate".

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 boats went their separate ways for the remainder of the race in light-to- moderate breeze, the Americans' hopes not helped by a poor gybe which lost them about 200m.

The Kiwis lead 3-0 in the first-to-seven match.

And it was Spithill, not the unflappable Burling, who blinked first, incurring a penalty when he crossed the startline early in the opening race to hand New Zealand the advantage.

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. That was enough to allow Burling to speed well ahead.

Races 7 and 8 are scheduled for Sunday.



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