Kiwis lay down challenge in America's Cup

Rival helmsmen Peter Burling and Jimmy Spithill with the prize on offer in Bermuda

Well-funded Oracle Team USA has five days to try to come with some answers to counter the spot-on design innovations by the scrappy Kiwis, who are getting by with much less funding.

Oracle had entered the series with a one-point advantage from an earlier regatta but New Zealand wiped out that advantage by winning the first race. The 35th AmericasCup Match presented by #LouisVuitton in Bermuda is now underway.

"Clearly we need to now put everything back on the table", Spithill said.

They gained control from the outset and employed superior boat speed to simply sail clear of the hapless Americans.

However, a five-day break until race five and six on Sunday (NZT) will allow Team USA to make changes to its teetering defence.

“Whats positive is we won the Qualifiers and weve taken race wins off team New Zealand. That meant the team that made it to the Cup match against them would have to start on -1, and need to win eight races to claim the spoils in the first-to-seven series.

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“I think its pretty obvious these guys are faster and we need to make some serious changes, ” a glum-looking Spithill said.

The U.S. holders of the oldest trophy in global sport not only go into the first-to-seven event with a bonus point for topping the qualifiers series, they are also racing on "home" waters, having based themselves in Bermuda since winning the sailing's most prestigious prize in San Francisco in 2013.

"But Peter Burling is young and he learns very quickly and he has a good boat. he's very confident with the speed of his boat and with that you can compete better", Cammas said, adding that Spithill's ability to come out fighting even when his back is against the wall will count for a lot. New Zealand are now just four wins away from the eight required to win the world's oldest worldwide sporting competition.

"I think we're going to see one of the best sporting events of the year here over the next two weekends", said Spithill. We are dying to know. "The good news is we're only one back".

The 37-year-old Australian skipper of Oracle Team USA will take on all comers, whether it's from behind the wheel of his fast catamaran in the America's Cup, in a boxing ring or via lethal mind games at news conferences. The Kiwis used the same foils they did in speeding to two victories on Saturday while the American-backed crew appeared to use two different foils. "Today I thought we got off the line pretty well, but they were pretty impressive accelerating". Simon van Velthooven, who won a bronze medal in track cycling at the London Olympics, was aboard for Race 3.

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