Kiwis beat Oracle in America's Cup opener in Bermuda

Skipper Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand have won Race 1 of the 35th America's Cup by 30 seconds.

Emirates Team New Zealand beat Oracle Team USA to level at 0-0 after erasing the US boat's one-point advantage in the first-to-seven America's Cup final on Saturday. "It is too early to draw conclusions on what went wrong for us but we will go away and look at what we have to change ahead of tomorrow".

"These are the best boats, the two best crews and we're both highly motivated to win".

"There's a lot of camera angles, microphones, a lot of data that gets shared from both sides, really". While Team NZ have recorded four wins over the weekend, they entered the Cup match on -1 due to a new format quirk.

Although they've won the first four races, the Kiwis lead Oracle 3-0.

Their Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill reverenced the remarkable fightback to beat Team NZ 9-8 in the Cup Match San Francisco four years ago, reminding the Kiwis to take nothing for granted. "And we know if we step back they will catch us". "We've been in a tough situation before and overcome a lot of different challenges and now we've got to respond", Spithill said. Although it was sometimes hard for him to be coming from behind, he and his team now have a clearer vision of what it takes to perform in the America's Cup.

The French team is waiting to hear if Groupama will continue their sponsorship, which is expected within the month, after a good performance in the America's Cup despite coming to the competition late and with the smallest budget.

But skipper Jimmy Spithill and his crew, although outwardly confident, will not be taking anything for granted in their quest for a third successive win after seeing how New Zealand have performed to become the challenger for the "Auld Mug", which was first claimed in 1851 by the schooner "America".

“Look, I really try and portray the team, ” Spithill said Friday after he and Burling posed with the Americas Cup.

Emirates Team New Zealand rounded Gate Five with their advantage standing at a minute, with Jimmy Spithill only able to watch on in the hope of a mistake from his rival Peter Burling, but it was not to be.

Oracle Team USA were over the line in the first start, allowing New Zealand to gain an advantage and extend their lead during the race, despite an uncomfortable moment at the last mark, when the Kiwis came off their foils.

If New Zealand are victorious, the location and format of the regatta as well as the high-adrenalin 50-foot foiling catamarans that are battling for sailing's ultimate prize could change dramatically.

The Kiwis destroyed Team USA by 1 minute 12 seconds in an emphatic win on Bermuda's Great Sound. That was enough for Burling to speed away around the seven-leg course for a 49-second victory.



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