New Zealand beats Oracle for fourth time in America's Cup

With painful memories of the 2013 Cup match still clearly etched in his mind, Ashby knows there could be plot twists around the corner.

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) - Jimmy Spithill and his mates with Oracle Team USA might need to start tapping out an SOS from the Bermuda Triangle.

And it was a similar story on Sunday, Peter Burling helping his crew to further victories to secure a 3-0 lead.

It wasnt the cleanest start to sailings biggest regatta, leaving more questions than answers as both teams headed back to their bases to pore over data and figure out where they need to sharpen up. "I think these next five days will be the most important five days of the campaign".

"We've still got plenty of things to work on the boat over the next few days, so it gives us the opportunity to keep developing as well".

As Spithill pointed out, Oracle have been in this position before, having been forced to play their postponement card early on in the last Cup match in San Francisco to buy themselves some time to address some deficiencies in their set-up.

Oracle earned a bonus point for winning the qualifiers, but it was actually a negative point for the Kiwis, so the first-race win merely erased that. Instead the forthright Australian won respect for his candour. "We need to sharpen up and that's what we'll focus on tonight", he said.

"It's all on the table". “Clearly we werent sailing at our best. This doesn't worry us. "We've got five days to respond now and everything is up for grabs".

Spithill thinks the splashdown was caused by a problem with one of the rudders. "The team's hungry. They're a very, very competitive group".

The Kiwi boat showed superior speed in both races in the first direct comparison of the high-tech 50-foot catamarans' performance as match racing got under way in Bermuda's Great Sound.

This time around, Oracle have a comparatively lengthy five-day stretch to make changes. In this photo provided by the America's Cup Event Authority, Oracle Team USA, foreground, competes with Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 2 of the America's Cup match sailing competition, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in the G.

Team NZ took the first race by 30 seconds and the second by one minute, 28 seconds.

New Zealand, which beat Artemis in the challenger final, has fought back formidably since capsizing against the British team in the round-robin phase. "We knew to do that we had to win eight races and so we have to keep on battling to ensure that is what we do".

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