America's Cup Match Day Two To Get Underway

America's Cup Match Day Two To Get Underway

"I think it's pretty obvious these guys are faster and we need to make some changes", Spithill said after New Zealand, helmed by Peter Burling, beat Oracle twice yesterday (June 18) to complete a sweep of the first four races.

This is a rematch of the epic 2013 Americas Cup, when Team New Zealand, then skippered by Dean Barker, reached match point at 8-1 before Spithill lead Oracle Team USA to eight straight victories for one of the biggest comebacks in sports.

The U.S. crew, trying to win the cup for a third successive time after beating New Zealand in San Francisco in 2013, began the series with a one-point advantage after winning the earlier qualifying regatta. New Zealand are now just four wins away from the eight required to win the world's oldest global sporting competition.

“Whats in our favour is we havent got just one lay day, weve got five days until the next weekend, ” Spithill said.

Heading into the start of the first race Emirates Team New Zealand knew that Oracle had altered their boat to make it quicker.

"We need to go back and use those days wisely".

As for Oracle's foil selection, "I thought we made a good step forward", Spithill said. "We've been in a tough situation before and overcome a lot of different challenges and now we've got to respond", Spithill said.

There's now a five day gap before racing resumes and Oracle plan to make the majority.

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"Look, I really try and portray the team", Spithill said Friday after he and Burling posed with the America's Cup.

Emirates Team New Zealand competes against Oracle Team USA in race one in America's Cup Finals.

That break, and Oracle's ability to keep innovating proved the impetus behind the U.S. team's stunning comeback.

Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill was more circumspect than usual after Sunday's racing.

Let's end with an old cup saying: "The America's Cup has already been won, we just don't know who it is yet".

Oracle Team USA's track record of performing when their backs are against the wall and the intervening five days should set up a fascinating showdown to the competition as both teams race to modify their boats and improve performance.

The 37-year-old Australian skipper of Oracle Team USA will take on all comers, whether it's from behind the wheel of his fast catamaran in the America's Cup, in a boxing ring or via lethal mind games at news conferences.

Further along the narrow hull of the catamaran is Blair Tuke, Burling's Olympic partner in the 49er skiff, who both cycles and adjusts the rake of the foils which allow the boat to lift out of the water and "fly".

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