America’s Cup: New Zealanders shock Oracle Team USA


New Zealanders shock Oracle Team USA

The outsider continues his unexpected winning streak in front of San Francisco. Skipper Dean Barker and his team are only three more successful than the defending champion from the USA.

HChallenger Team New Zealand is the third triumph in the history of the America’s Cup. In the Bay of San Francisco, the "Kiwis" also decided the sixth and seventh races against the favorite defending champion Oracle (USA) for themselves and took the lead 6: 1 in the 34th edition of the battle for the most valuable sailing trophy in the world.

New Zealand now only needs three more victories to succeed, Oracle, on the other hand, has to score ten more victories after deducting two points due to material manipulation in order to successfully defend the title.

Team New Zealand drove a lead of 47 seconds in the first race of the day despite a botched start out. In the second, the lightning-fast catamaran with skipper Dean Barker crossed the finish line 1:06 minutes before the rival.

New Zealanders remain cautious

“We are very happy with the day. It’s nice to have scored two more points, "said Barker, but warned:" There’s still a long way to go. Three more wins are still hard work. One bad day and momentum may shift. We are under no illusions. "

Barker’s counterpart, Jimmy Spithill, has little hope. The Oracle skipper had carried out a staff change and brought the most successful Olympic sailor of all time on board for the heavily criticized tactician John Kostecki.

The use of Ben Ainslie does not turn things around

The Briton Ben Ainslie, who increased his Olympic record in London in 2012 to four gold and one silver, should give Spithill the decisive tips. Vain. "We are shocked that their boat has such significant advantages with the wind," said Jimmy Spithill, disappointed.

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