New Zealand wins 5th straight vs Oracle in America's Cup

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Spithill started sailing young and at the age of 20 was named skipper of Young Australia for the 2000 America's Cup, becoming the youngest helmsman in the history of the event, which is the oldest trophy in worldwide sport.

The British entry completed 12 races against 12 other nations on Bermuda's Great Sound to take the title - six initial qualifying races and six in the finals - and finished the event with 50 points, just two points ahead of second placed New Zealand Sailing Team (48 points) and eight points ahead of Switzerland's Team Tilt (42 points).

Oracle Team USA won the cup in 2013 in San Francisco after staging one of the most astonishing sporting comebacks against New Zealand, winning 9-8 after having been 8-1 down.

The New Zealand team started the competition with a negative point as U.S. won the qualifiers but that didn't prove to be any kind of disadvantage to the ambitions Kiwis team who cleared the first mark in the second game itself.

The underfunded but always crafty Kiwis, the hard-luck losers in the 2013 Americas Cup, began secretly working on the cycling system three years ago in Auckland.

But Spithill's been here before. "They go fast, and when they go wrong, situations can get bad", Murray said.

"We love blasting so we couldn't resist the temptation [to get on the foils]", Dunning Beck said. We've seen these guys taking days off.

"I think he always had a good knack of making a boat sail fast, whatever that knack is its probably an unseen skill, it's probably nearly instinctive", says Nick. Spithill was 30 when he won it in 2010.

It was penalized twice and had a costly maneuver in the first race, allowing the Kiwis to speed off to a victory of 2:04, the biggest in the match.

Race 6 was to follow.

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"We had them altering the whole time, we were doing everything we could we were frustrated with the penalty", he said. They've got different designers, different sailors, different management, whatever, but you look at the number of innovative things that that team has created over the years, it's impressive.

But although the New Zealanders got away, the USA champions recovered well and fought their way back into the race, finding the speed which had evaded them in previous encounters.

"I don't see Oracle coming back with the same miracle they did last time", Conner said.

"But we also did not sail to our potential".

But he has no doubt that once they sort out those issues and improve their boat handling, they will be in a position to make even more gains.

We saw what happened in the Artemis race, they gave them one there.

The US Defenders of the America's Cup found themselves 3-0 down to their Kiwi rivals after the first four races of the final stage of the 35th America's Cup. He said it was a great opportunity for the shore team to work on its boat.

Coutts, who led Team NZ to its famous victory over Conner's Young America in 1995 in San Diego, before defending the Cup on the Hauraki Gulf in 2000, is head of the America's Cup Events Authority and Oracle Team USA.

"We did a lot of really good manoeuvres today".

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