Spithill skippers Oracle to 1st win in America's Cup

Auckland's Viaduct and Wynyard Quarter were developed after New Zealand last won the America's Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand has won win its fifth straight race in the America's Cup, benefiting from two penalties against two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA.

This time they're up against a Kiwi team that has been rebuilt since their mind-numbing San Francisco meltdown. And he didn't miss with the officials either, slamming them for handing the Kiwis several "soft penalties" throughout the regatta.

That could all change if the USA holders are able to turn around a 3-0 Kiwi lead in the first-to-seven competition on Bermuda's Great Sound when racing resumes this weekend.

The umpires are also using a state-of-the art combination of Global Positioning System, electronics and graphics to ensure decisions are accurate.

"We're frustrated with race one".

This would please many sponsors, but not everyone liked the idea with some saying it was not true to the spirit of the cup and New Zealand boycotted the agreement. Unfortunately those guys were just able to slip away. "I just put the bows in and gave it a good send".

Oracle had to do an extra tack to make the upwind mark.

"We are clear that we want to compete in the next America's Cup", Land Rover's Cameron said, adding that his preference was for it to be governed by the framework agreement, with an established class of boats and a "World Series" racing circuit. It would see the event take place every two years with a belief that entrant numbers will double.

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"I just missed a few shifts at the top of that beat and let them back into it, which was a bit disappointing but we'll walk away from it and come back stronger tomorrow", Burling said.

"Both Pete and Glenn are a massive asset to the design team because they are intimately involved in everything we do".

A dominant win on the day's first race suggested a clean sweep was on the cards for the Kiwi boat, but Oracle fought back to sail a near-perfect race six and win their first point of the final.

However, despite the setback, the American team responded spectacularly, closing the gap completely rounding the second gate before taking the lead in the first pass of the America's Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, on leg 3/7.

"They've been doing a lot of work changing a few things closer to how we sail the boat".

Unsurprisingly, Team NZ helmsman Peter Burling was confident they were in the right, insisting they did all they could to avoid a collision. With Peter Burling and Blair Tuke leading the team, New Zealand has started the competition confidently and has showed huge power and awareness.

"The boys are really happy with the way we raced today - clean starts, clean racing and three great results".

But if the Kiwis win, the expectation is that it will move to Auckland, although there are also some suggestions that it could also be held in Dubai, where the main New Zealand sponsor Emirates Airline is based. The whisper is Peter Burling and Blair Tuke convinced team leadership to take a page out of their Olympic playbook and minimise distractions.

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