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

It looked amusing then to us.

Emirates Team New Zealand are seeking to wrest the cup from holders Oracle Team USA and with it the rights to decide when the event is next held, its timing and the type of boats used.

Following the second penalty, Team New Zealand's lead stretched to over 500m and the challengers never looked troubled from then on.

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) - The first and perhaps only America's Cup sailed in the Bermuda Triangle could be over as soon as Sunday afternoon, bringing champagne showers to the Great Sound and changes to sailing's marquee regatta.

Having eradicated the mistakes that had held back Oracle Team USA in race five, Spithill kept his rival at bay in the run up to the finish line and sealed an 11-second win which, vitally, keeps Oracle Team USA firmly in the America's Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

Despite winning the start, Oracle sped past the Kiwis on the first leg and maintained it around the first three marks.

The Kiwi syndicate won by more than two minutes in race five of the final series, leaving them needing three more wins to lift the Auld Mug.

Perhaps the most keen observer this weekend will be New Zealander Russell Coutts, one of the most dominant figures in the regatta's history.


Team New Zealand are in a commanding position in the America's Cup Final leading 3-0 after day two of racing against the defending champions Oracle Team USA. His quest for a third victory as Ellison's top sailing lieutenant is in jeopardy.

GREAT Britain's youth America's Cup sailors from the Land Rover BAR Academy have been crowned the 2017 Red Bull Youth America's Cup Champions in Bermuda. The Kiwis had a bad maneuver and Spithill sailed into the lead and on to victory.

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.

Oracle were much improved after the five-day break. He mentioned the San Francisco comeback.

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

Victory for the Land Rover BAR Academy crew over NZL Sailing Team in the eight-boat final on Wednesday was some consolation for the British after the senior team led by Ben Ainslie were dumped out of the America's Cup by New Zealand in the semi-final.

Team New Zealand gained during a wind shift on leg four of the sixth race and passed Oracle. "I honestly don't think it's the bikes", Spithill said. "Even with personnel changes, there's this culture that's developed".

Diehard fans were able to come down to the Tauranga waterfront to watch the races live on the big screen this morning, with the Crown and Badger serving takeaway breakfasts and coffee for those who got up early.


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