Oracle boat builders concede Kiwis have better America's Cup boat

Burling, Kiwis beat Oracle third time in America's Cup

He might soon be an America's Cup champion if the Kiwis' astoundingly fast design package, of which the cycling system is just one component, whisks them to victory against two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA.

“Clearly, were not fast enough relative to Team New Zealand in those conditions, ” said Simmer, a two-times Americas Cup victor with Australia II and Oracle.

But things could change if New Zealand triumph as the winners decide the format of the next cup and the Kiwis are the only team not to have signed up to the deal.

The Americans fought back from 8-1 down in 2013, winning eight successive races under Spithill to retain the Auld Mug.

Team USA were penalised twice during the race, the first coming on the start line after crossing it too early.

After a five-day break, the showdown between 50-foot foiling catamarans resumes with two races Saturday, if there's enough wind, and two Sunday. But Oracle and skipper Jimmy Spithill were penalized for a port-starboard infraction and had to drop two lengths back.

The NZL Sailing Team suffered heartbreak at the Red Bull Youth America's Cup this morning, narrowly missing out on retaining the trophy they won four years ago.

New Zealand lead the USA team 4-1 in the first-to-seven final and a win for them would mean that they have the right to change the type of boat used, as well as the venue and the timing of the next event, which has raised alarm bells for some teams that face losing sponsorship if there is uncertainty. "That's good. I love seeing that". It's not the first time Spithill and Oracle have had their backs to the wall.

The margin of 2 minutes, 4 seconds was the biggest of the match.

Without time to make major modifications to the boat, technique will be key against the Kiwis, who have been spot-on in maneuvering their boat, especially in light to medium breeze.

"It was great to see those boys actually sailing a little bit better ... these guys just sailed well and we're just excited about the battle ahead", New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling said following the rare defeat.

Cyclors for Emirates Team New Zealand pedal during the third race of America's Cup sailing competition in Hamilton, Bermuda.

The U.S. victory in the second race of the day gave the team backed by billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison hope of another comeback against New Zealand.

Emirates Team New Zealand capitalised on mistakes from their rivals to leave them 4-0 ahead and just three points from victory.

The umpires are armed with a graphics system called "UmpApp", which allows them to make calls based on information that is accurate to millimeters and milliseconds, and are focused on that to make sure they make the right call quickly.



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