New Zealand wins 5th straight vs Oracle in America's Cup

Jimmy Spithill's media conference personality is far removed from reality according to training partner Chris Draper

But Burling did his best to remain calm, even as the spectre of his team's capitulation in San Francisco four years ago rear its head - again. In a tight fight the boats engaged in a port-starboard dial down with both skippers calling for a penalty, the umpires judging the Kiwis to be in the right and slapping another penalty on the American boat.

"We're frustrated with the penalty", Spithill said at the post race press conference.

A similar start to race five, with Spithill and ORACLE TEAM USA positioned to windward but this time, a ideal timed push to the line allowed the American defender to reach mark one first with a four-second lead.

"We worked very hard over the past five days".

"I think the foiling multihulls have proven to be great for the spectators and the sailors love them and that would be a shame to move away from that." he said.

The final is a repeat of the last time the trophy was contested in 2013, when U.S. came from 8-1 down to win 9-8.

Burling sped away to win by 2 minutes, 4 seconds, the biggest margin of the match.

"We knew to expect a battle and now it appears we have got one", remarked Burling. "We've been there before".

"Getting that first victory was important today but I believe there is more speed in the tank". That was the key thing.

But although the New Zealanders got away, the US champions recovered well and fought their way back into the race, finding the speed which had evaded them in previous encounters.

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"I still see myself as steering the boat ..." "We felt like the boat was going really well, but we obviously had a few issues like everyone did".

Spithill said Oracle made too many changes to the boat to mention.

Peter Burling, the 26-year-old New Zealand helmsman, was undaunted by the prospect of a resurgent USA. It was a great opportunity for our shore crew to get on top of a job list. The Kiwis have had their share of mayhem this spring, including a capsize in the challenger semifinals.

Burling, the 26-year-old bidding to become the youngest winning helmsman of the America's Cup, was as cool in the press conference on Monday as he was on the wheel where he completely outgunned Oracle Cup veteran and double victor Jimmy Spithill.

"We still don't feel like we sailed anywhere near where we can today", he said.

Burling, who has won Olympic gold and silver medals with Team New Zealand crewmate Blair Tuke, got in a zinger of his own, saying about Oracle, "It's great to see a bit of fight out of these boys".

Team New Zealand gained during a wind shift on leg four of the sixth race and passed Oracle. The Kiwis would regain the lead, but Spithill came out better in two close passes on the fifth leg to gain an advantage he wouldn't surrender. Spithill dipped underneath and both crews pushed the protest button.

They'll be trying to narrow the gap further in two more races on Sunday.

Sailing - America's Cup finals - Hamilton, Bermuda - June 24, 2017.

Ainslie would prefer the next America's Cup to be sailed in the high-speed 50-foot catamarans that have thrilled sailors and spectators over the last month in Bermuda, but he told Reuters on Saturday he would be open to other types of boat.

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