|(America’s Cup) Kiwis regain momentum
Team New Zealand ran away with the fifth race of the America's Cup Tuesday, leaving reeling Oracle Team USA searching for answers in their bid to keep yachting's coveted prize.
Once again Oracle proved unable to hold onto an early race lead, and after losing by more than a minute called for the postponement of the day's second race.
Each team has one postponement card it can play to delay a race for any reason.
“We need to go back and regroup,'' admitted Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill.
Oracle won the start and led the first two legs. But a bold attempt at a foiling tack saw them slow dramatically.
The Kiwis pounced on the third leg, skipper Dean Barker maneuvering out of less favorable currents and quickly building a lead of 300 meters with superior upwind speed.
New Zealand won the race – sailed in winds of 18 to 23 knots – by 1:05, and seized back the momentum Oracle had gained with a victory in race four on Sunday.
The Kiwi's fourth victory of the series leaves them needing five more wins to seize the Cup from Oracle.
Oracle began the finals two points adrift after a pre-regatta penalty for cheating during the America's Cup World Series.
Their lone race victory has left them stuck on minus one, and needing 10 more wins to retain the Cup.
Races six and seven are now scheduled for Thursday, when the finals resume after a rest day.—AFP