New Zealand beats Oracle for third time in America's Cup

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It was the start which set up victory in race one, Emirates Team New Zealand driving Spithill over the line early with Oracle penalised.

Team New Zealand has taken an early advantage over Oracle Team USA after winning the first two races of the America's Cup in Bermuda.

The first direct comparison of the 50-foot catamaran's performance has been much anticipated in the first-to-seven competition.

But Spithill, trying to pilot the U.S. to a third straight America's Cup title, was seconds early across the startline of race one and the Americans never recovered from the penalty, as Team New Zealand erased the United States boat's one-point advantage to level overall at 0-0.

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.

No one can win the thing today; a victor won't be decided until next week at the earliest.

“We were far from our best today and we ‘re obviously going to put some hours in now, have a good look through all the video all the data, sharpen up and we will come out swinging tomorrow.

Team New Zealand needs to win six more races to return the Auld Mug to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland, where it resided from 1995 to 2003.

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New Zealand continued to excel in light-wind sailing on the second day of racing as helmsman Peter Burling, 26, capitalised on a small mistake by the US team and extended his lead throughout Sunday.

With the Qualifiers victory, the defending champion starts the Match on 0 points, while Team New Zealand is on -1.

"Look, I really try and portray the team", Spithill said Friday after he and Burling posed with the America's Cup. Thats his style and thats his natural bent.

"We're under no illusions", said Burling, 26.

Blair Tuke, a crewman on Emirates Team New Zealand, responded with a cartoon of a gassed-looking bald eagle failing to keep up with a trim kiwi speeding away on a bicycle. Can the Jimmy sort of aggressive stance have any influence on Peter? “But youre dealing with a very different style of person compared to Dean, in my observation at least.

"It's so shifty and so puffy, as we saw out there. you never stopped trimming something for the whole day, so those guys got an absolute whipping today". If you stop thinking about that, thats where you go wrong, ” Burling said.

Oracle chose to use their high speed foils. Oracle sold a design package to SoftBank Team Japan so their boats are similar.

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