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Emirates Team New Zealand hold early advantage in Americas Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand hold early advantage in Americas Cup”

"I think it's pretty obvious these guys are faster and we need to make some serious changes", a glum-looking Team USA captain James Spithill said.

The U.S. crew, trying to win the cup for a third successive time after beating New Zealand in San Francisco in 2013, began the series with a one-point advantage after winning the earlier qualifying regatta.

The New Zealand team are a fast, well-oiled machine with their aerodynamic pod of four "cyclor" sailors, who supply the energy needed to power the boat's massive wing sail by pedaling on bikes.

He then upstaged Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling when, asked if he knew who Team New Zealand would pick for its opponent in the challenger semifinals, said: "From the leak I've got in their team, they're picking Ben Ainslie Racing".

The Kiwi boat showed superior speed in both races in the first direct comparison of the high-tech 50-foot (15 meter) catamarans' performance.

This America's Cup is a revenge match for New Zealand, who lost in 2013 after seeing an 8-1 lead overturned. "We're obviously going to put some hours in now, really have a good look back through all the video, all the data, sharpen up and come out swinging tomorrow".

"I think you've got two of the best teams in the world going head-to-head in a real heavyweight battle and man, ". "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.

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After going into the competition one point down, the New Zealanders needed to win eight races to win the America's Cup, the world's oldest global sporting competition.

That's a big enough deficit against a New Zealand catamaran that has consistently out-performed Oracle.

The contest will resume next Saturday, with races five and six.

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) - Jimmy Spithill isn't afraid of a fight.

"But Peter Burling is young and he learns very quickly and he has a good boat. he's very confident with the speed of his boat and with that you can compete better", Cammas said, adding that Spithill's ability to come out fighting even when his back is against the wall will count for a lot. Because Oracle won the qualifiers, the challenger started the 35th America's Cup match with a negative point. The Kiwis used the same foils they did in speeding to two victories Saturday while the American-backed crew appeared to use two different foils.

"It's a lot harder for them if we keeping moving, if we stand still, they'll catch us".

"We feel like were far from flawless today, and we've got a lot to improve on in the next few days". He has won Olympic gold and silver medals with grinder Blair Tuke.



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