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

Jimmy Spithill made history as Oracle Team USA gave themselves hope by getting up and running in the America's Cup to trail Emirates Team New Zealand 4-1.

"There's direct impact, people coming to the island to visit to watch the America's Cup, or longer term, people coming with the megayacht programme - there's about 100 megayachts - for longer durations to watch the cup".

That emphatic triumph saw New Zealand claim the first of back-to-back victories in the America's Cup that kept the "Auld Mug" in New Zealand until 2003.

The 40-year-old British skipper had mixed fortunes in Bermuda, but his development team won the Red Bull Youth America's Cup.

But judging by one recent news report, the regatta is also stirring political waves for the island nation of Bermuda over the cost of the event. "And for the sailors they've now got confidence in the tool - and that's the most important thing", said Spithill. The break is a massive opportunity for us as a team to go away and regroup. That was enough for Burling to speed away around the seven-leg course for a 49-second victory. You see the team's pumped up now.

At one stage comeback specialist Spithill managed to get a lead over Burling, but he was out-duelled and infringed the Kiwi "cat", incurring another penalty and allowing them to fly into the line on their space-age catamaran in front of a packed grandstand in Bermuda's purpose-built America's Cup Village.

"I would expect (them) to be absolutely smacking us because of the way the tables were weighted in their favour".

Team New Zealand won its races against Oracle Team USA last weekend and leads 3-0.

If they do get there, Sunday was where it started.

Emirates Team New Zealand sails during a training session Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Smyth said Oracle "went after" Ashby but failed.

"I think we should send them to Hollywood", he said.

But 26-year-old New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling believes the challengers can make strides before Saturday as well as they try to bring the Cup - the world's oldest worldwide sporting trophy - to New Zealand for a third time after Black Magic's triumphs in 1995 ad 2000.

With Peter Burling and Blair Tuke leading the team, New Zealand has started the competition confidently and has showed vast power and awareness.

"The boys are really happy with the way we raced today - clean starts, clean racing and three great results".

Earlier Emirates Team New Zealand beat Oracle Team USA by over two minutes in race five of the America's Cup.

Coutts is impressed with Team New Zealand's boat design.

That could all change if the USA holders are able to turn around a 3-0 Kiwi lead in the first-to-seven competition on Bermuda's Great Sound when racing resumes this weekend.

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