America’s Cup Match – Day Two Match Reports - A big challenge ahead

Bermuda (BDA) - 35th America's Cup 2017 - 35th America's Cup Match Presented by Louis Vuitton - © ACEA 2017 / Photo Ricardo Pinto

ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill sailed out to the race course with a different set of foils on Sunday, looking to change things up with a forecast for more wind. 

With an easterly breeze of 10 to 12 knots, the American defender was on its high-speed daggerboards. 

But the result was the same as on Saturday. The Kiwi boat was able to lead at mark one in both races and extend for two race wins. 

"It's not over. We've been here before," Spithill said after the second race on Sunday.

"We've got to go to work here and find some more speed. We have to get faster." 

America’s Cup Match – Race Four Report

It was another drag race off the starting line, with ORACLE TEAM USA set up on the low road to leeward, but once again, Team New Zealand was faster into mark 1, leading by 4-seconds.

"They had some pretty impressive acceleration off the starting line," Spithill acknowledged.

On the first run, the Kiwis were able to extend to a 100 meter margin, before Spithill and Slingsby elected to split at the bottom gate.

But on this first upwind leg, the Kiwis elected to cover loosely at the first cross, which limited the opportunities for ORACLE TEAM USA to make a gain.

As the race progressed, the New Zealanders made more gains to win and finish the opening weekend with a 3-0 lead in the America’s Cup Match.

Crew list for Race Four:

Skipper / Helmsman -- Jimmy Spithill
Wing Trimmer -- Kyle Langford
Tactician / Grinder -- Tom Slingsby
Grinder -- Cooper Dressler
Grinder -- Sam Newton
Grinder -- Graeme Spence


America’s Cup Match – Race Three Report


On the smaller high speed boards, ORACLE TEAM USA was looking to be faster on the reach to mark one in this race. In the pre-start, skipper Jimmy was on the push, and then opted to take the high lane, to windward of the Kiwis on the sprint to the first mark.

Both boats crossed the line at speed as the starting gun fired and Team New Zealand was able to hold off Spithill from rolling over top, rounding mark one just 1-second ahead.

The first gybe was critical, with both boats neck and neck at the boundary. Just a momentary splashdown in the maneuver by ORACLE TEAM USA allowed the Kiwis to eke out in front and that was all it took for them to lead at the first bottom gate.

The Kiwis extended from there to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

"I think the boat's going a lot better than it was yesterday," said Spithill from on board following the race. "We just have to keep pushing."

Crew list for Race Three:

Skipper / Helmsman -- Jimmy Spithill
Wing Trimmer -- Kyle Langford
Tactician / Grinder -- Tom Slingsby
Grinder -- Louis Sinclair
Grinder -- Sam Newton
Grinder -- Ky Hurst

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