Team USA notch first win over Team NZ

Team USA notch first win over Team NZ

Team USA notch first win over Team NZ

Spithill skippered two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA to its first victory of the regatta, taking a thriller in Race 6 to earn a split Saturday and slow the momentum of Emirates Team New Zealand. "We felt we had a great race going with the Kiwis and were pretty disappointed with the umpire's call", Spithill said.

But defending champions the U.S. replied with their first win of the best-of-13 series in race six in Bermuda.

"Mr America's Cup" wants Team New Zealand to win back the Auld Mug.

The final is a repeat of the last time the trophy was contested in 2013, when Team USA came from 8-1 down to win 9-8.

The New Zealand crew "pitch poled" - making a spectacular high-speed forward capsize - just before they were about to start a semi-final against Britain's Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) boat.

Painted on bus shelters along the island's narrow, winding roads is the official slogan "America's Cup, Bermuda's Legacy, Our Moment", with posters depicting a smiling boy from the island saying "America's Cup is Zico's Cup".

While Team NZ cruised to victory in the first race of the day by more than two minutes, it could have been different had Oracle not been penalised for a starboard incident while holding a slight lead in the third leg.

Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill was at his bullish best during the post-race press conference.

New Zealand were pushing Oracle to windward.

When he didnt make the world championship team for track cycling in 2015, Team New Zealand called and asked him to test their cycling system. He said he feels the Kiwis have been on the favorable end of "a few soft penalties" by the umpires.

"I think he always had a good knack of making a boat sail fast, whatever that knack is its probably an unseen skill, it's probably nearly instinctive", says Nick. You see the team's pumped up now.

Hunkering down ahead of what could be the biggest two days of their campaign, Team NZ had a short training session this morning before wheeling the boat back in the shed in the early afternoon ahead of what could be the among the most significant few days in the syndicate's history.

"I think we should send them to Hollywood", he said. Sailing Illustrated reported that Team NZ were getting a strong turn-out of "rabid, flag-waving fans (including many locals) for the race-day dock-out shows, while the number of Oracle supporters was embarrassingly small".

"People want to go back to what they saw in Auckland with a downtown event, the centre of the America's Cup, everybody having a great time, lots of people, lots of boats, lots of spectators and I see nothing but good to come out of it".

Twenty-two-year-old Neil Hunter was an initial example of success, promoted from junior to senior team, becoming not only the youngest sailor to compete in the America's Cup but the only sailor to compete in both competitions.

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