America's Cup: Kiwis are better, faster

Posted June 19, 2017

Oracle Team USA were over the line in the first start, allowing New Zealand to gain an advantage and extend their lead during the race, despite an uncomfortable moment at the last mark, when the Kiwis came off their foils. The Kiwis' 50-foot catamaran rose onto its hydrofoils and sped off across the turquoise waters of the Great Sound.

But the Kiwis later came off their foils during a hard maneuver and slowed dramatically in light, shifty wind, losing half their lead.

Although they have won three races, the Kiwis lead Oracle 2-0.

Both races there was some chances but these guys [Emirates Team New Zealand] at the end of the day made fewer mistakes.

They must find a solution to the superior upwind speed of Team NZ's catamaran and devise a way to rattle Burling, who has been flawless with his starts and decision-making so far, nullifying the threat of aggressive match-racing ability of Team USA's Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill.

"I think it just shows you guys will fall for anything", the 37-year-old Spithill said, hinting it was all a ploy.

With the Qualifiers victory, the defending champion starts the Match on 0 points, while Team New Zealand is on -1. The Kiwis used the same foils they did in speeding to two victories Saturday while the American-backed crew appeared to use two different foils.

"It's pretty obvious, these guys are faster and we need to make some serious changes", Spithill said. There are two more races scheduled for tomorrowwith similar light conditions forecast.

"We thought we were coming back when we wanted to but as it turned out we were wrong, it is something we will have to go back and look at".

Spithill has never lacked confidence, whether it was as the 20-year-old skipper of a bare-bones Aussie challenge in the 2000 Americas Cup, or at age 30 becoming the youngest skipper to win sailings biggest prize.

As both boats headed towards the turn the gap was down to just over three seconds, and it looked like the U.S. team might record their first win of the America's Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, but it was not to be.

He's already going strong as he attempts to win a third straight America's Cup with Oracle Team USA, the powerhouse squad owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison.

The always-innovative Kiwis are using a "cyclor" grinding system.

Coutts has been the CEO of Oracle Team USA since it beat Alinghi in 2010. During tacks and gybes, the cyclists unclip, run across the trampoline to the other hull and clip back in, powering the hydraulic systems that control the wingsail and raise and lower the daggerboards.