United States of America scrambling in face of Kiwi Cup dominance

"I think the question is, imagine if these guys lost from here", Spithill said, glancing at then-Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker. Both teams have modified their boats and the two light wind duels showed the Kiwis' pace.

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

"I think it's pretty obvious these guys are faster and we need to make some serious changes", said Spithill after the team's fourth successive loss.

Burling kept his composure, rounding the fifth gate with his 49 second advantage intact, and from that point there was no looking back Emirates Team New Zealand crossed the finish line almost a minute ahead of the United States team and Burling claimed his third victory on the trot in the America's Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

Skipper Jimmy Spithill, who is looking to win the America's Cup for the third time before he turns 38, started with an Instagram post of a cartoon of a bald eagle in an American flag motif digging its talons into a surprised kiwi bird, accompanied by the hashtag #battleofbermuda.

“Were under no illusions, ” said Burling, 26.

Publicly both teams say they can do more with their boats.

"To do that (win the cup) we've gotta win eight races".

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Team New Zealand needs to win six more races to return the Auld Mug to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland, where it resided from 1995 to 2003.

The first race in the contest to win the world's oldest sporting trophy was fought out on Bermuda's Great Sound by Oracle Team USA, skippered by Jimmy Spithill and Emirates Team New Zealand, helmed by Peter Burling.

The New Zealand team are a fast, well-oiled machine with their aerodynamic pod of four "cyclor" sailors, who supply the energy needed to power the boat's massive wing sail by pedaling on bikes. We really need to use those days wisely. They have also made the right choices on which foils to use on the ends of their daggerboards.

A member of Emirates Team New Zealand raises a sail before a sailing training session Friday, June 16, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda. “We felt we really improved a lot on yesterday.

"Blair and myself in the 49er kept pushing forward even when we were ahead, we've got plenty of things to work on", he told RNZ. He is an Americas Cup rookie.

The first team to earn 7 points wins the America's Cup.

The duo claimed 49er Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro last year in dominant fashion, clinching victory with two races to spare and winning by the most points of any sailing class in the Games in more than 50 years.

Spithill vowed that from today to Friday the entire U.S. team - from boat builders, designers, engineers and crew - would be working round the clock in a bid to catch up.

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