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Spithill skippers Oracle to 1st win in America's Cup

25 June 2017

"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 worldwide sport's oldest trophy this weekend. "You won't win races doing that", he added.

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

Races 7 and 8 are scheduled for Sunday.

The charismatic Spithill has more expertise in match racing, the sailing equivalent of a boxing contest, and the benefit of almost two decades of America's Cup experience.

"I like what I'm hearing about the possibility of going back to a mono hull and not making it the same circus that we have [in Bermuda]", Conner said in an interview with Rachel Smalley on Newstalk ZB's Early Edition.

Sweden and Germany were comfortably in second and third but tangled at the bottom mark, with Sweden picking up a penalty for not giving Germany enough room and the Germans got caught up on the mark and struggled to break free.

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Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill isn't helping his cause with mistakes.

New Zealand were pushing Oracle to windward.

Team New Zealand capitalise on Oracle penalties in race five.

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The man who skippered Team NZ to victory in the 1995 Cup think Team NZ have the edge over Oracle.

"Now we've got confidence", the 37-year-old Spithill said.

"I think he always had a good knack of making a boat sail fast, whatever that knack is its probably an unseen skill, it's probably nearly instinctive", says Nick.

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While an Auckland cup would be more expensive for some sponsors and create challenges for televising the event in some countries, sponsors such as Land Rover which supports Britain's BAR team do not see it as a deal breaker.

After five days with no racing, both crews have been working to improve the performance of their space-age catamarans, with the pressure on the US crew and their extensive design and technical team to pull something out of the hat. We were watching all the way to the end, hoping and praying, but it just came down to the wire and the Brits did a fantastic job to pass a couple of boats and did exactly what they needed to take the win.

"We changed everything", he said.

"We had success promoting Neil Hunter from junior to senior team and we can only look forward to more talented young sailors moving up and forward in their sailing careers with us".

Both teams appealed against the other but it was Oracle who were penalised, his team having to fall two boat lengths behind Team NZ, effectively handing them victory.

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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Spithill skippers Oracle to 1st win in America's Cup