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Spithill says USA can still win America's Cup

26 June 2017

Coutts, who is in the unusual role of also being CEO of the America's Cup Event Authority, has been at Oracle's base trying to help the team figure out how to sail the boat better.

The Kiwis answered Sunday by winning Race 7 by 12 seconds and Race 8 by 30 seconds.

"From a sponsor's perspective, you don't have any certainty at all. the defender decides virtually everything", Jaguar Land Rover's Experiential Marketing Director Mark Cameron said on Friday of the firm's support for Britain's Land Rover BAR team, led by British sailor Ben Ainslie.

But not everyone agrees, with "America's Cup is Larry's (Ellison's) Cup" in graffiti on one bus stop. We have more on the table. We've seen these guys taking days off. And for the sailors theyve now got confidence and thats the most important thing. The boats racing in Bermuda have reached unprecedented speeds, attracting sponsorship and a larger TV audience. "We have done a lot of work in this area. he guys held it really tight from there and made sure we didn't let them back into the race", says Burling.

But Andy Maloney, one of Team New Zealand's so-called cyclors (a combination of cyclists and sailors), said in an interview Tuesday that the concerns had proved unfounded.

"We love blasting so we couldn't resist the temptation [to get on the foils]", Dunning Beck said.

"We felt they were a little rusty last weekend but we are under no illusions".

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The 2017 sailing season is turning into a busy one with Newport and Narragansett Bay set to host a myriad of regattas, twilight sailing and cruising events.

"That's all I'm interested in and I happen to think that I'm the right person to do that job at the moment", he added.

"Here, both teams are already foiling upwind and downwind and through tacks and jibes, so we have to look harder to find little areas where we can make small gains all the way around the race course in this wind range".

"We came out fighting and the boys put in 100 percent as they always do and we're in a tough situation now".

Team USA was clearly was faster yesterday but made mistakes, which Spithill acknowledged.

However, the Americans didn't help themselves with two early penalty infringements.

His mum, Kay is delighted; "We are thrilled to bits with the Land Rover BAR win in the Youth America's Cup".

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He crossed ahead on the third leg.

But the Kiwi lad, who first sailed aged six in a $200 wooden boat bought by his parents, has embraced his "pistol" nickname.

The Kiwis and helmsman Peter Burling lead 4-0 and need to win three more races to return the Auld Mug to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland for the first time since 2003.

Team New Zealand are now just one win away from lifting the America's Cup after two more victories over Oracle Team USA this morning.

Team New Zealand's onboard power-producers use stationary bicycles instead of hand pedestals, which can create a different challenge during the cross: shaky legs.

The U.S. victory in the second race of the day gives the team some hope of a comeback against New Zealand, who now lead the first-to-seven series in Bermuda by 4-1. Two passes then ensued between the two teams, with Spithill coming out on top, nudging ahead at the fifth gate.

Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill has his swagger back, meaning it's game on in the America's Cup on the Great Sound.

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