America's Cup Match Day Two To Get Underway

America's Cup Match Day Two To Get Underway

America's Cup Match Day Two To Get Underway

ORACLE TEAM USA is looking to win its third consecutive America's Cup, a feat last achieved by the same team in the 1930s.

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

"We've got a couple of good starts, the boat's going really fast and the boys are doing a good job to get it around the racetrack nice and smoothly", said Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling.

After all, the 2013 Americas Cup proved that no lead is safe.

"The guys on the boat know each other really well and it just feels like we are getting tighter and tighter as a group and performing better and better under the more pressure we get put under". "But we also made a lot of mistakes".

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Although Team USA beat New Zealand twice in qualifying, the Kiwis were able to squeeze more from their foiling catamaran as they battled through the challenger semi-finals and final - while the defenders looked on from the sidelines.

Burling, a 26-year-old who has won Olympic gold and silver medals with grinder Blair Tuke, again appeared unflappable.

With the racing being held on the weekends in Bermuda, there is now five-days before race five and six. The American-backed crew benefited from a wind shift sailing upwind on leg five in the second race and made up a huge deficit, pulling right behind the Kiwis sailing through the gate mark. "It was no coincidence that we saw the Kiwi spy boat out there - I just can't believe you guys fell for it again". "We need to go faster, it's pretty obvious". “We were far from our best today.

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.

Spithill told his crew: "Hang in there".

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The Kiwis snapped a 10-race losing streak to Oracle, including eight at the end of the 2013 regatta and two in the round-robins this year.

At the start of race two Spithill might have sniffed an opportunity when a mistake on a gybe had the Kiwi boat floundering with the Americans poised to attack.

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.

Having closed the gap, ORACLE TEAM USA's yacht came down off its foils and that gave Emirates Team New Zealand the chance to re-establish their lead. “Today I thought we got off the line pretty well, but they were pretty impressive accelerating, certainly in the transitions around the racetrack.

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

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