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America's Cup: New Zealand lead Team USA 3-0 after four races

19 June 2017

The French team is waiting to hear if Groupama will continue their sponsorship, which is expected within the month, after a good performance in the America's Cup despite coming to the competition late and with the smallest budget.

Peter Burling is thrilled that Emirates Team New Zealand were able to reward the travelling army of Kiwis and those watching at home with another pair of wins in the Americas Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

Credit to Oracle as their boat brings the best out of Team NZ, helmsman Peter Burling says.

The Americans made a huge comeback to win when the rivals last squared off in San Francisco so US skipper Jimmy Spithill's remaining confident.

"Oracle is a multinational team and they're not wearing their heart on their sleeve perhaps as much as the Kiwis and when it gets to those key moments when its all on the line, who is going to be more motivated to win it?", Ainslie said.

The U.S. holders of the oldest trophy in worldwide sport not only go into the first-to-seven event with a bonus point for topping the qualifiers series, they are also racing on "home" waters, having based themselves in Bermuda since winning the sailing's most prestigious prize in San Francisco in 2013.

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Heading into the start of the first race Emirates Team New Zealand knew that Oracle had altered their boat to make it quicker.

He's already going strong as he attempts to win a third straight America's Cup with Oracle Team USA, the powerhouse squad owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison.

There's now a five day gap before racing resumes and Oracle plan to make the a lot of them.

Well-funded Oracle Team USA - Ellison is worth an estimated $55 billion - has five days to come up with some answers to try to counter the spot-on design innovations by the scrappy, underfunded Kiwis, who almost folded after their epic collapse in the 2013 America's Cup on San Francisco Bay.

“I think we saw just how a couple of times these guys built a healthy lead, and in the blink of an eye its back on again, ” Spithill said. "Today I thought we got off the line pretty well, but they were pretty impressive accelerating".

Oracle does have history on its side.

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Skipper and helmsman Jimmy Spithill for Oracle Team USA, right, gestures as he stands with Peter Burling, helmsman for Emirates Team New Zealand, left, alongside the America's Cup trophy, known as the "Auld Mug", before a news.

Spithill will stop at nothing to try and overcome the Kiwis' 3-0 America's Cup advantage.

Spithill's Oracle Team USA continued their pursuit, in the hope of a mistake from their Kiwi rivals in the closing stages.

"Clearly, we need to now put everything back on the table. They're going to be there when we need them". "And we definitely feel that we are a lot tougher than we were a few weeks ago". “When I look around me and look at my teammates, I have a lot of confidence. It really inspires us to keep pushing on.”.

So far, the Kiwis and their cycling grinding system have proved too fast for Oracle in light, shifty wind.

Team NZ skipper Glenn Ashby said while the crew would like be back in the water tomorrow keeping the momentum up, they had targeted these next five days in the schedule for upgrades to the boat and finetuning work. Olympic rowing champion Joe Sullivan replaced him for Race 4. Go out every day and keep on developing.

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