New Zealand sitting pretty in Bermuda

Posted June 24, 2017

HAMILTON, Bermuda Britain will not be bringing the America's Cup home this year but they narrowly beat New Zealand to clinch the Red Bull Youth America's Cup in Bermuda on Wednesday.

The chief executive the America's Cup Event Authority, Oracle's event management organisation, has written in the local paper that while there were no guarantees, the best chance for Bermuda to stage the next cup would be though a win by Oracle Team USA.

"We knew to finish first overall we could only have one boat in between us and New Zealand and most of the way round there were two or three boats in between", Bunce said after the race.

Asked what Oracle could do to turn things around, Smyth quipped that Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill could work on his starts.

Without time to make major modifications to the boat, technique will be key against the Kiwis, who have been spot-on in maneuvering their boat, especially in light to medium breeze.

Coutts was working with the Oracle crew this week to improve its decision-making.

This time around, experts say the superior speed shown so far by New Zealand will be hard, if not impossible for the United States of America to counter.

Spithill is no stranger to adversity as he and his team made one of the biggest-ever comebacks in sporting history when they rallied from 8-1 down against New Zealand to win the "Auld Mug" in San Francisco in 2013 when the victor was the first to nine. The crew quickly learned to sail the boat better and won eight straight races to complete one of the greatest comebacks in sports.

"The courses are short and there's not much time on the race track so if one team gets a flier and they are all the way in front, you can't really do much to catch them". Team New Zealand appears to have nailed its design package, from its foils to its revolutionary cycling grinding system to how skipper Glenn Ashby controls the shape of the wingsail to its windage. For the future I would probably change the boats so that even in winds of 25 knots can be sailed.

"It was a big hurdle when they actually put the test bikes in the race boat", he said. "We're looking forward to getting out there and competing again". "You're in pain the whole time", Sullivan said, adding that there was a bit more ebb and flow to the effort in an America's Cup race. They've taken quite a different approach than all of the other teams in a number of areas.

Twenty-two-year-old Neil Hunter was an initial example of success, promoted from junior to senior team, becoming not only the youngest sailor to compete in the America's Cup but the only sailor to compete in both competitions.

Oracle is putting in punishingly long days on the water ahead of the resumption of racing on Saturday, leaving the sailors shaking before team coaches helped them rebalance their energy.

When Emirates Team New Zealand's 50-foot catamaran speeds around Bermuda's Great Sound, four of the six crewmen are hunched over, furiously pedaling away. It started with a negative point because Oracle Team USA, owned by billionaire Larry Ellison, won the qualifiers.