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Could Team NZ still be savaged by Oracle TeamUSA?

Could Team NZ still be savaged by Oracle TeamUSA?

HAMILTON, Bermuda Emirates Team New Zealand notched up their fourth successive win in as many races against defending champions Oracle Team USA to go 3-0 up in the America's Cup final in Bermuda on Sunday.

However, it was day two to the Kiwis again, with Emirates Team New Zealand recording two more back-to-back victories over the Defenders of the America's Cup, putting themselves three - zero up in the first-to-seven series that will determine the victor of the 35th America's Cup.

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.

However, a five-day break until race five and six on Sunday (NZT) will allow Team USA to make changes to its teetering defence.

"We are excited to get out there and race", Burling said.

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"I think it's pretty obvious these guys are faster and we need to make some serious changes", a glum-looking Spithill said. "Today it felt like they sailed really well", a gracious Burling said.

"That's what you have to do to win yacht races - you have to perform under pressure". We need to use those days wisely.

Burling had been criticized for his starting acumen on days when his boat was clearly not set up correctly.

Peter Burling, 26, the helmsman of Emirates Team New Zealand won both of the starts against Jimmy Spithill, despite having less match racing experience, which has earned the Kiwi team a reputation as underdogs. Cycling nerd John MacLeary wants to know whether the cyclors on board the New Zealand boat wear trainers or cycling shoes.

Race two was much closer than race one, but Emirates Team New Zealand were still able to pull clear, establishing a lead of up to one minute, 34 seconds by the time they rounded mark four.

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Oracle had entered the series with a one-point advantage from an earlier regatta so New Zealand wiped out that advantage after winning the first race.

Well-funded Oracle Team USA - Ellison is worth an estimated $55 billion - has five days to come up with some answers to try to counter the spot-on design innovations by the scrappy, underfunded Kiwis, who almost folded after their epic collapse in the 2013 America's Cup on San Francisco Bay. That was enough for Burling to speed away around the seven-leg course for a 49-second victory.

Spithill's Oracle Team USA continued their pursuit, in the hope of a mistake from their Kiwi rivals in the closing stages.

"I think what happened is that we lost a rudder", revealed Spithill, reflecting on the manoeuvre that all but ended their challenge. Because Oracle won the qualifiers, the challenger started the 35th America's Cup match with a negative point.

The second race saw a tense start, which was also won by New Zealand.

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