Spithill: "Close races a sign of things to come"

Hamilton (BDA) - 35th America's Cup Bermuda 2017 - ORACLE TEAM USA
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Hamilton (BDA) - 35th America's Cup Bermuda 2017 - ORACLE TEAM USA
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Hamilton (BDA) - 35th America's Cup Bermuda 2017 - ORACLE TEAM USA
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Hamilton (BDA) - 35th America's Cup Bermuda 2017 - ORACLE TEAM USA
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Teams raced their America’s Cup Class boats for the first time this week in Bermuda and skipper Jimmy Spithill says the new boats produce close, fast and exciting racing.

“I think the racing this summer is going to be incredible,” he said on Sunday following a six hour training and racing session on the Great Sound. “Over this session, we’ve seen every team win at least one race, which is an indication of good match ups.

“All the teams that are here have taken big steps since the last time we raced in the AC45 Turbo boats. This is the first time we’ve lined up in the new boats and some of the match-ups were really close. The crew work we’ve seen has been pretty impressive across the board. The level keeps going up.

“There are design differences and speed differences and it would be easy to read too much into what we’ve seen the last few days. The fact is, I think everyone only has one set of foils at this point, so in lighter winds everyone was compromised somewhat. But that being said, I think each of the teams will tell you this was a great learning experience. We all took the opportunity to experiment with a few things.

“We have a hell of a lot of work to do between now and the start of the regatta. Artemis Racing, in particular, looked impressive - we split our four races with them. So we definitely have to keep improving. The French who have had the least amount of time on the water also showed promise taking a win off the BAR team."

The teams acted as their own race committee and umpires for the racing and not every team raced each day, which is reflected in the number of races sailed by each team.

Unofficial results (won-lost): 
ORACLE TEAM USA 9-2
Artemis Racing 7-3
SoftBank Team Japan 2-2
Land Rover BAR 2-8
Groupama Team France 1-6

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