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America's Cup reaches crossroads as Kiwis near win

25 June 2017

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. He mentioned the San Francisco comeback.

"We did a lot of really good manoeuvres today".

The lead then changed hands twice on leg two but it was Jimmy Spithill's team which held a slender 12 second advantage at the third gate.

"I don't have the fears that suddenly we'll go to New Zealand.and it'll take the Cup back to the Dark Ages", a tanned and bearded Ainslie said.

But Oracle is still making mistakes, which Spithill acknowledged.

"We love blasting so we couldn't resist the temptation [to get on the foils]", Dunning Beck said. Whether it's system related, appendage related, sailing technique or strategy, we are going to look at absolutely everything.

The Kiwis need four more wins to win back the Auld Mug.

Burling, who has won Olympic gold and silver medals with Team New Zealand crewmate Blair Tuke, got in a zinger of his own, saying about Oracle, "It's great to see a bit of fight out of these boys".

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Land Rover BAR sailing team manager Jono Macbeth said: "Land Rover BAR believe in investing and mentoring the next generation and alongside our long term aim to win the America's Cup for Britain, we will continue to nurture home grown talent to ensure a lasting legacy and sustainable future for young sailors". They revealed this week that TNZ's boat was considerably lighter than Oracle, due to carbon-fibre technology developed in-house, as were the crew overall.

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

Spithill, an Australian, crossed the starting line a split second too soon and had to drop two lengths behind Team New Zealand.

It seems the off-the-water talents of the key sailors are playing a huge part with their feel for the boat and suggestions for improvements helping Team New Zealand's innovative design team.

If the US team manage to keep the cup, there is speculation among other teams that the 36th edition could end up in Chicago rather than Bermuda, with races in places including Britain, France, Japan and Sweden.

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.

To add insult to injury, the Defender's pursuit of Emirates Team New Zealand was hampered even further as a poorly executed manoeuvre then saw them lose all momentum, allowing the Kiwis to sail well clear on leg 4/7.

America's Cup reaches crossroads as Kiwis near win