Courtesy of Red Bull Newsroom
Peter Burling’s crew earn three-point Bermuda cushion at 35th America’s Cup.
Emirates Team New Zealand have moved into a commanding position after day two of the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda with Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA reeling.
The defending champions had no answer to Peter Burling’s in-form crew, who used their two opening day victories as a spur when the action resumed on the Great Sound to record back-to-back wins and take a commanding 3-0 lead.
Emirates Team New Zealand started the final -1 point due to ORACLE TEAM USA’s victory in the recent Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers.
The Kiwis now need four more victories to clinch the trophy in the first-to-seven series, however will not be complacent after what happened four years ago.
Back in San Francisco, Spithill’s crew reversed an 8-1 deficit to complete an astonishing comeback triumph 9-8 from previous Kiwi skipper Dean Barker therefore Burling and his team-mates will continue to push hard when action gets underway again on June 24.
Burling said, “We are walking away with two victories again but, much the same as yesterday, we made too many mistakes.
“We now have five days to keep pushing on and progressing because everyone in this team is hungry to keep on improving and learning. We know full well if we stand still, Jimmy and ORACLE TEAM USA will catch us.”
A poor jibe early on cost ORACLE TEAM USE in race three as the small splashdown saw them lose momentum, Burling’s crew going on to open up an 11-second lead at gate two and then a 49-second one by leg 5/7.
Burling, winner of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013, duly kept his composure to lead the boat home to victory nearly a minute ahead.
Race four was decided more on raw speed as Emirates Team New Zealand pulled more and more away from Spithill’s boat to seal an impressive three-point cushion overall heading into a five-day racing break.
Spithill revealed, “I thought we took a good step forward from yesterday, but it is clear we have to find some speed from somewhere, that is no secret.
“These are going to be the most important five days of this America’s Cup campaign for us. This break coming up is a massive opportunity for us as a team to go away and regroup.
“Everything will be put out on the table, nothing will be off limits, whether it’s system related, appendage related, sailing technique or strategy. We have to respond.”