Spithill, Oracle get swagger back with 1st America's Cup win

Spithill, Oracle get swagger back with 1st America's Cup win

Spithill, Oracle get swagger back with 1st America's Cup win

"Essentially, it's the same technology that sends a missile into someone's lounge room", Murray told Reuters on Friday at Bermuda's Dockyard, where the America's Cup finalists Emirates Team New Zealand and holders Oracle Team USA will resume battle for global sport's oldest trophy this weekend.

With years of experience behind him and a confidence which has seen him win the "Auld Mug" twice, Spithill is not afraid of getting into a war of words off the water, with a reputation for making pointed jibes at his opponents.

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

The Kiwi team dominated today, winning all three races convincingly.

When Emirates Team New Zealands 50-foot catamaran speeds around Bermudas Great Sound, four of the six crewmen are hunched over, furiously pedaling away.

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There were two lead changes on the upwind third leg Saturday.

The capsize brought back memories from San Francisco in 2013, when Andrew "Bart" Simpson was killed in a similar incident.

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"If you have half a brain and you know that your legs are stronger than your arms, why wouldn't you give it a go?" van Velthooven said.

The New Zealander's face was covered as usual with a ghostly mask of sun screen, eyes hidden behind dark wrap around glasses. Team New Zealand has won five races but began with a negative point because Oracle won the qualifiers.

The boats went their separate ways for the remainder of the race in light-to- moderate breeze, the Americans' hopes not helped by a poor gybe which lost them about 200m.

Not only did Oracle make its boat faster during a five-day break in racing, but Spithill, who was a pretty fair boxer during his youth in Australia, regained his edge as a master at mind games. "I just put the bows in and gave it a good send". They've got different designers, different sailors, different management, whatever, but you look at the number of innovative things that that team has created over the years, it's impressive.

"If anything, when he was yelling at us we weren't even listening at that point", Slater said, adding that the teams have access to the same information within seconds, so that they can see why a decision has been made.

“I think they said, ‘Ah, we heard rumors that youve been testing but we never thought youd actually bloody do it, “ van Velthooven said.

Coutts successfully defended the America's Cup for New Zealand in 2000 before jumping ship to Alinghi and leading the Swiss team to a five-race sweep of his former mates in 2003. "Certainly there is a little bit of talk around hey have we paid a little bit too much to have the cup in Bermuda".

Oracle Team USA, right, races Emirates Team New Zealand during the fifth race of America's Cup sailing competition Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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