New Zealand level with USA in America's Cup final

New Zealand level with USA in America's Cup final

New Zealand level with USA in America's Cup final

Peter Burling steered Emirates Team New Zealand to another runaway victory against Jimmy Spithill and two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA in Race 3 of the America's Cup on Sunday to remain undefeated in the showdown on the Great Sound.

It wasn't the cleanest start to sailing's biggest regatta, leaving more questions than answers as both teams headed back to their bases to pore over data and figure out where they need to sharpen up.

A late mistake by New Zealand, helmed by Peter Burling, saw them plunge off their foils and slow dramatically, but even that wasn't enough of a window for Spithill, with New Zealand winning by 30 seconds.

"We've said all along that we are learning all the time and although we won both races we got a lot wrong and made too many mistakes today". "Jimmy (Spithill) and ORACLE TEAM USA sailed really well to put us under a lot of pressure, but we managed to keep our composure and sail really well.

Oracle will be good for the future of the America's Cup itself", the French skipper said.

It was an nearly totally dominant display from Emirates Team NZ helmsman Peter Burling, who had the better of counterpart Jimmy Spithill throughout the opening exchanges, winning both starts and overcoming slight lapses late in both races.

We learned Peter Burling's Emirates Team New Zealand were not fazed by the narrative which had depicted Spithill as the superior starter, as the kiwis were 2-0 off the start line.

Smack talk is hardly new in the America's Cup.

Still, this isn't the start the powerhouse Oracle squad expected.

We've got to get faster, it's pretty obvious.

“Clearly we were not sailing at our best but we also had our opportunities. "The good news is, we're only one back".

Bertrand believes Burling is tough because of his dominance in winning the Olympic gold medal in the 49er class at Rio de Janeiro last summer with Blair Tuke, a Team New Zealand grinder.

Cammas, who showed his determination by battling back to the peak levels of fitness required to sail the demanding boats after a serious injury in training in late 2015 almost severed his foot, sees his future with the America's Cup, which remains his goal.

Racing resumes Saturday and Sunday.

The first direct comparison of the 50-foot catamaran's performance has been much anticipated in the first-to-seven competition. "I'm expecting it's going to be one hell of a fight", Spithill said in a skippers press conference on Friday.

"The boat feels good, and they are sailing far beyond their age and experience", Ashby added.

Team NZ suffered what appeared to be one minor mishap on Monday (NZT), when their boat sunk off their foils in the start box ahead of race four.

Spithill told his crew: "Hang in there".

Race 4 was to follow. The Americans had gone in with a one-point advantage thanks to topping the qualifying round-robin. No need to remember your password or log in, just click.

Jimmy Spithill's ORACLE TEAM USA made the worst possible start to their defence of the "Auld Mug" as they were handed a penalty for crossing the start line fractionally early.

The team's light wind expertise is due in part to an efficient package of hydrofoils that lift the boat out of the water at high speed.

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

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