"But clearly these guys have made a step so now we've got an opportunity - five days to respond". In the second contest, the victor would earn a one point advantage heading into the America's Cup Match.
"We've got a couple of good starts, the boat's going really fast and the boys are doing a good job to get it around the racetrack nice and smoothly", said Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling. "This is not going to be anything less that a huge battle we are expecting". He's part of the massive Team New Zealand overhaul that followed that crushing reversal. You never stop trimming something for the whole day, so those guys got an absolute whipping today.. Today I thought we got off the line pretty well, but they were pretty impressive accelerating.
"Jimmy (Spithill) and Oracle Team USA sailed really well to put us under a lot of pressure, but we managed to keep our composure and sail really well".
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Asked if that meant Team USA might borrow some ideas from New Zealand, Spithill didn't balk.
Burling said that will be the team's approach over the next five days. "If you make a small mistake it can prove a costly one".
It is not so much that Oracle are losing but rather the manner in which they are being blown off the water, with Team NZ better in every department as they stormed to victory in race three and four by 49 seconds and 1m 12s respectively.
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Both sides had no more than half-chances to break the deadlock with the group winners to be decided by the weekend's final round. The first 20 minutes were nearly disastrous and if we didn't have a bit of luck on our side, we could have been 3-0 down.
This is a rematch of the epic 2013 America's Cup, when Team New Zealand, then skippered by Dean Barker, reached match point at 8-1 before Spithill lead Oracle Team USA to eight straight victories for one of the biggest comebacks in sports.
Now, the teams will renew hostilities with the oldest trophy in worldwide sport on the line once again.
"Halfway way up that second beat we definitely lost a lot and we have to go away and keep learning and improving", admitted Burling. Cycling nerd John MacLeary wants to know whether the cyclors on board the New Zealand boat wear trainers or cycling shoes. "I think everybody showed out there our team's really hungry to keep learning, keep moving forward, keep improving", Burling, who won Olympic 49er gold in Rio past year, said. Oracle needs to win seven to keep the silver trophy in the hands of one of the worlds richest men, software tycoon Larry Ellison, who has been watching the shellacking from a team support boat.
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They held an advantage of nearly two minutes with one leg to go in the opening race, but lost momentum when they dropped off their foils gybing before recovering to lead Oracle across the line and wipe out the latters bonus point they earned for winning the qualifying regatta.