As Jimmy Spithill's ORACLE TEAM USA looked to seize back the advantage gained by Peter Burling's Emirates Team New Zealand on day one of the America's Cup Match, the kiwi Challenger recorded two more back-to-back victories over the Defenders of the America's Cup, putting themselves 3-0* up in the first-to-seven series that will determine the victor of the 35th edition.
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.
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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. In this photo provided by the America's Cup Event Authority, Emirates Team New Zealand, left, competes with Oracle Team USA during Race 2 of the America's Cup match sailing competition, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in the G.
"We've got a couple of good starts, the boat's going really fast and the boys are doing a good job to get it around the racetrack nice and smoothly", said Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling.
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New Zealand, which beat Artemis in the challenger final, has fought back formidably since capsizing against the British team in the round-robin phase.
"There's a long, long way to go in this regatta and, as we saw last time in San Francisco, things can change very quickly", said Macbeth, whose team lost to New Zealand in an earlier round. "We felt we really improved a lot on yesterday". Out team's really hungry to keep learning, keep moving forward, keep improving. We are dying to know. They have also made the right choices on which foils to use on the ends of their daggerboards.
The always-crafty Kiwis are using a "cyclor" grinding system.
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That's not my mindset", said Mladenovic, who is through to the last eight at a major for just the second time. Those last three words might as well be printed on posters to commemorate the 2017 French Open .
The Kiwis continued their dominant form by winning both races in Bermuda on Sunday, adding to their two victories from race one and two on Saturday. "We know if we sit still they will catch us". That was enough for Burling to speed away around the seven-leg course.