New Zealand level with United States in America's Cup final

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 21, 2017

"That was certainly another good day for us", said Tuke.

"We've been here before, it's not over", Jimmy Spithill, the Oracle skipper, said.

After going into the competition one point down, the New Zealanders needed to win eight races to win the America's Cup, the world's oldest global sporting competition.

"I think it's pretty obvious these guys are faster and we need to make some serious changes", a glum-looking Spithill said.

As for his teams poor starts, Spithill said: “First one we had a little issue with our software. "And we know if we step back they will catch us". “We felt we really improved a lot on yesterday.

Boats compete in the America's Cup J Class Regatta June 15, 2017 in Hamilton.

Before sitting out the challenger semi-finals and final, they topped the round-robin qualifying standings to earn a valuable bonus point that they take into the America's Cup proper.

"I think it just shows you guys will fall for anything", the 37-year-old Spithill said, hinting it was all a ploy.

“Weve got some good sailing days coming up over these next five days and we will be under 24-hour shifts.

"It is too early to draw conclusions on what went wrong for us but we will go away and look at what we have to change ahead of tomorrow".

The two wins gave New Zealand a psychological boost as the Kiwis try to win the "Auld Mug" back after losing to Oracle in San Francisco in 2013.

"However, I've been here before, and it is still only a point!"

Forced to drop back two boat-lengths, the Americans couldn't recover as the Kiwi catamaran displayed impressive speed in the light winds.

“Weve been a tough situation before and had to overcome a lot of different challenges and now weve got to respond, and this is the group to respond because weve got the confidence to do it.

"System, appendage, sailing technique and strategy - we're going to look at everything". We've got to get faster. They won by 30 seconds, still showing their dominance in light wind.

He is confident the situation will again bring the best out of them. "If you make a small mistake it can prove a costly one".

The New Zealand team's double victory erased a one-point advantage the US team earned in an earlier regatta and gave them an early lead as they showed superior speed over the defending champions in the opening races.

Coutts has been the CEO of Oracle Team USA since it beat Alinghi in 2010. That was enough for Burling to speed away around the seven-leg course for a 49-second victory.

That break will come as great relief for Oracle, for whom it is now clear Team NZ hold a massive speed advantage over.

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