Slingsby: "We will be faster and smarter"

Hamilton (BDA) - 35th America's Cup Bermuda 2017 - ORACLE TEAM USA - AC45S training
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Hamilton (BDA) - 35th America's Cup Bermuda 2017 - ORACLE TEAM USA
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Bermuda (BDA) - 35th America's Cup 2017 - Red Bull Youth America’s Cup
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Bermuda (BDA) - 35th America's Cup 2017 - Red Bull Youth America’s Cup
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Bermuda (BDA) - 35th America's Cup 2017 - Red Bull Youth America’s Cup
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ORACLE TEAM USA will line up on Saturday for race five of the America's Cup with more speed than it had last weekend. 

"We've definitely taken a step forward," said tactician and sailing team manager Tom Slingsby. 

"We'll find out whether it's enough of a jump on Saturday afternoon." 

After falling behind 3-0 on the opening weekend of the America's Cup, ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill admitted his team wasn't fast enough in the light 7-10 knot winds.

The same conditions are expected when racing resumes this weekend.

Over the past five days, ORACLE TEAM USA has been able to target an improvement in that narrow wind range. 

"It's clear they had an edge in speed," Slingsby said. "But we also did not sail to our potential. Tomorrow we will be faster and try to race smarter and hopefully that will make us an even, or better boat.

"We're looking forward to getting out there and competing again."

The 35th America's Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, resumes this weekend. Two races are scheduled on each day of the weekend, beginning at 14:12 local time.


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