Kiwis notch two more America's Cup victories
By Glenn Chapman ,AFPSAN FRANCISCO -- Emirates Team New Zealand won back-to-back America's Cup races on Thursday, thwarting efforts by defending champion Oracle to gain a desperately needed win.
September 14, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
“They've almost got this thing in the bag,” Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill said after the Kiwis notched two more victories.
“Imagine if these guys lost from here what an upset that would be,” he added. “That would be one hell of a comeback, and that is the kind of thing I would like to be part of.”
The victories on Thursday brought the number of Kiwi victories to six and puts the challenger just three wins away from wresting yachting's cherished prize from the hands of Oracle, which has won only one race in the series.
“It feels great,” New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said of the lead his team holds ahead of the next Cup races, which are set to take place on Saturday.
“But, it is only two-thirds of the way to actually winning the America's Cup,” he continued. “Three more races is still a lot of hard work; one bad day out there and things can be quite different.”
Barker said he avoids reading about the mounting fervor in New Zealand as his team dominates on the San Francisco Bay.
“I will definitely join them in the bar if things go well,” Barker quipped.
Barker said he and his crew are confident in their AC72 catamaran and tactics, which have foiled Oracle in all but one race in the best-of-17 series.
Oracle, on the other hand, will be looking to make changes, and might not even train on Friday if it decides on major modifications to its AC72, according to Spithill.