Classifieds 50% off, use promo code FBkpkPromo The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News World Sport
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World  | Surf Report  | Predictions XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

New Zealand one win away from America’s Cup glory

YACHTING: Helmsman Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand defeated two-time defenders Oracle Team USA twice yesterday (June 25) to move within one victory of seizing the America’s Cup.

marine, transport,


AFP

Monday 26 June 2017, 09:54AM


Oracle Team USA skippered by Jimmy Spithill race against Emirates Team New Zealand helmed by Peter Burling on Day 4 of the America’s Cup, in Hamilton, Bermuda. Photo: Clive Mason/AFP
Oracle Team USA skippered by Jimmy Spithill race against Emirates Team New Zealand helmed by Peter Burling on Day 4 of the America’s Cup, in Hamilton, Bermuda. Photo: Clive Mason/AFP

The 26-year-old Burling bested Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill in both pre-starts as he steered New Zealand to a pair of dominant victories that gave the Kiwis a 6-1 lead in the first-to-seven points series.

Today (June 26), they’ll try to claim the Cup for New Zealand for a third time, after Black Magic’s victories in 1995 and 2000.

By doing so they could expunge the bitter memory of 2013, when they led Spithill and the USA 8-1 before falling 9-8 in San Francisco.

“We’re just going to keep pushing forward,” Burling said. “Nothing changes for us.”

He said the young New Zealand crew – with just one holdover from that crushing defeat four years ago – are “enjoying the pressure” of a match they started with a one-point deficit – thanks to Team USA’s topping the round-robin qualifying.

“We’re a pretty tough bunch,” Burling said. “We got asked some questions yesterday. I feel like we answered them with our performance on the water.”

Spithill, meanwhile, was conceding nothing.

“Clearly the plan wasn’t to be in this position again, let me tell you,” said Spithill, who became the youngest skipper to win the America’s Cup when he piloted Oracle to victory in 2010.

Now an elder statesman at 37, he vowed Oracle would respond.

“It’s a tall mountain to climb, no question,” said Spithill, who confirmed the team would consider a significant crew change if they thought it would help.

“The team we roll out tomorrow, that’ll be the team we think gives us the best chance of winning.”

C and C Marine

Spithill acknowledged that New Zealand just sailed better yesterday as they ensured Oracle didn’t build on their first victory of the series a day before.

In the opener, Spithill swerved slightly as the duelling catamarans headed for the start line, allowing Burling to blast across the line with a one-second lead.

Leading at the first mark, New Zealand were never really threatened en route to a 12-second win.

In the second race, Burling out-foxed Spithill in the pre-start box to hit the start line a mammoth 14 seconds in front – appearing to offer a wave to the rival crew.

New Zealand then displayed masterful control of their innovative cycle-powered boat, staying on their foils all the way around en route to a 30-second win.

“It makes life a little easier when you get off the start 14 seconds ahead,” said Burling, who some thought would struggle when it came to pitting wits against match-racing master Spithill.

“We had a really good understanding of what they were trying to be able to do with their starts and a good strategy to oppose it.

“Full credit to the guys, holding it tight not giving them any chances to get back in the race.”

Under pressure in the shifty winds, Oracle produced a series of mistakes that further doomed their chances, including a penalty for sailing through the boundary and a splash-down off their foils that saw them slow dramatically.

“We just had a hard time hooking up,” Spithill said. “We thought we’d be able to pull the manoeuvrer off. It was a big mistake and that really handed it to Pete.”

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:
    Forget your password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Phuket expats call for action over deadly Patong Hill road

Problem; Brake failure from overheating. Solution; Stop overheating of brakes. How; Post police at top of the hill to clear traffic in front of large ...(Read More)


August 3 set as final deadline for Patong taxis to return parking spaces to public

I stay away from Patong as much as I can due to these animals. I wonder how many other people do the same?...(Read More)


Phuket expats call for action over deadly Patong Hill road

I completely agree with Gary Brage. Proper trucks and buses (not from the 1970s), proper driver's training, proper maintenance (technical check ev...(Read More)


August 3 set as final deadline for Patong taxis to return parking spaces to public

The only way that will stay enforced is the Army to have a Squad permanently based in Patong to keep them in line. As soon as they turn their back, t...(Read More)


August 3 set as final deadline for Patong taxis to return parking spaces to public

!!! GO ARMY !!! Now we will see just how much clout the Army has...or will they be ignored and overridden by the taxi/tuktuk criminals?...we shall se...(Read More)


August 3 set as final deadline for Patong taxis to return parking spaces to public

Good news :) Gotta love the guy who says he's been driving a taxi in Patong for 30 years and never seen blah blah blah... 30 years ago Paton...(Read More)


August 3 set as final deadline for Patong taxis to return parking spaces to public

Have a location lot set up nearby that taxi an tuk tuk can wait. They can get a #. Then as official parking space opens up, a dispatcher can call f...(Read More)


Phuket drunk rescued after falling in ditch while taking a pee

Probably back driving buses over Patong Hill!...(Read More)


Phuket under pressure as tourism growth exposes flaws in hotel sector

Rorri_2 ... none of your business. When you figure out what neo colonialist means and that can be located within context, get back to me....(Read More)


German Papke reveals details of Phuket murder

Bigaresort...it's because it is murder ie when you kill someone unlawfully and with premeditation. It's more of a definition that is easily un...(Read More)

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.