America’s Cup: Team New Zealand now has eight match points

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Team New Zealand now has eight match points

America’s Cup: Team New Zealand now has eight match points-team

The fans are already celebrating: San Francisco is currently being besieged by visitors from New Zealand. The guests are convinced that their team will win the America’s Cup. Just a win festill holds on to the triumph against the cup defender Oracle Team USA

Source: AFP

The unbelievable from the Americans’ point of view is imminent: The challenger can win the America’s Cup in the next race. Force majeure only gives the US team a grace period.

D.he decision in the fight for the most important trophy in international sailing has been postponed. After the eighth victory of the New Zealand team, the twelfth race in the 34th America’s Cup duel in San Francisco had to be stopped immediately after the start due to stormy winds.

The New Zealanders lead against the favorite and defending champions Oracle Team USA now 8-1. If the Americans want to turn the tide, they have to win nine times in a row. Even the US team doesn’t expect that anymore.

After the outstanding performance by Emirates Team New Zealand in the eleventh race, the preliminary decision was made in the Bay of San Francisco. New Zealand’s skipper and helmsman Dean Barker again won the starting duel in the eleventh race, which US skipper Jimmy Spithill did not have much to oppose during the course of the race.

New Zealanders’ tactics successful

The Kiwis blocked the rest of the race through Oracle Team USA, so the Americans had little chance of getting into a real match-race duel with the challenger.

In addition to the tactics, the decisive factor was again a perfect jibe, which brought the New Zealanders six seconds ahead at the second turning point. The two cup giants fought an exhausting battle on the wind. It was a thrilling duel for a long time, but an unsuccessful turnaround by the Americans, in which they lost a lot of pace, destroyed the last hopes of the Americans.

New Zealand now has eight match points in a row, while Oracle USA wins eight times in a row for overall success had to.

It would be the third triumph for New Zealand

The New Zealand daily newspaper "New Zealand Herald" wrote after the race: "A nation is one step away from relaxing and enjoying the America’s Cup again." For New Zealand it could be the third success after 1995 and 2000. This idea dominates the minds of most New Zealanders who now dominate the streets of San Francisco.

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