America's Cup - Burling, Kiwis win two more to take 3-0 lead

Rival helmsmen Peter Burling and Jimmy Spithill with the prize on offer in Bermuda

Having strolled to a comfortable win by 49 seconds in the first race of the day, and the third of the finals series, Peter Burling and Team New Zealand knew they could twist the knife with another win to take a 3-0 lead - and they did just that.

This is a rematch of the epic 2013 America's Cup, when Team New Zealand, then skippered by Dean Barker, reached match point at 8-1 before Oracle Team USA won eight straight races to retain the oldest trophy in worldwide sports.

The New Zealand team's double victory erased a one-point advantage the US team earned in an earlier regatta and gave them an early lead as they showed superior speed over the defending champions in the opening races.

During Race Four there was a moment of tension when it looked as though Team NZ might collide with Oracle.

In the first race, Spithill was over the starting line early, forcing him to drop two boat lengths behind to clear the penalty.

Despite relinquishing the point advantage they held at the beginning of the day, ORACLE TEAM USA helmsman Jimmy Spithill is refusing to panic, especially with the experience of overturning an 8-1 deficit to the same opposition in 2013.

"It's pretty obvious, these guys are faster and we need to make some serious changes", Spithill said. The good news is, were only one back.”. "Five days, a very important five days", says Spithill.

"That was certainly another good day for us", said Tuke. But the difference is, with numerous elements in the 50-ft America's Cup Class catamarans being one-design, the U.S. team are limited in what changes they can make to the boat.

The USA were able to capitalize on a wind shift to narrow the gap dramatically, but a poor maneuver cost them and New Zealand went on to win comfortably.

“Were really hungry to keep improving and now weve got five days to work on the boat and go over all of the footage.

The Kiwis started the 35th edition of the America's Cup with a negative point after Team USA won the previous qualifiers.

Racing resumes Saturday and Sunday.

Spithill will stop at nothing to try and overcome the Kiwis' 3-0 America's Cup advantage. "We felt we really improved a lot on yesterday".

Spithill denied the heavy defeats had dented his team's confidence, pointing to their two wins over Team NZ during qualifying as proof that they can be competitive.

So far, the Kiwis and their cycling grinding system have proven too fast for Oracle in light, shifty wind.

Coutts has been the CEO of Oracle Team USA since it beat Alinghi in 2010.

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