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Burling, Team New Zealand win Race 7 in America’s Cup

New Zealand sailed to the edge of victory against the U.S. America’s Cup holders on Sunday, taking a 6-1 lead in the first-to-seven final and setting themselves up to revenge a humbling defeat in San Francisco in 2013.Team New Zealand has won five races but began with a negative point because Oracle won the qualifiers.But Spithills been here before. Every single team member in Oracle Team USA will do whatever it will take to help the team to win. “We feel like these guys have been given a few soft penalties”.”We’re frustrated with race one”, Spithill said.”Everyone on the team has just been going full noise the whole week”.”We had a really good understanding of what they were trying to be able to do with their starts and a good strategy to oppose it”.Oracle’s quest for the “three-peat” is hanging by a thread with the defender needing to win all six remaining races to successfully defend the Cup.Oracles frustration was perhaps best summed up in the eighth race after they sailed across the boundary on the first beat and picked up a penalty, which enabled the Kiwis to stretch their advantage.New Zealand’s win in the day’s opening race by 2min 4sec was the biggest margin in the match so far.”Now we’ve got confidence”, the 37-year-old Spithill said. “Weve been there before.”It does remind me of San Francisco”, Spithill said. That was the key thing.”That was important”, Spithill said. I think we showed today that we’re a pretty tough bunch. “Obviously were not sailing it as well as we should be. “We both rely on pretty sophisticated software at times and in these boats you get one knot of difference and it changes everything”.England’s Princess Anne, center, gestures after the eighth race of America’s Cup sailing competition between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda.After defending in 2000, Coutts jumped ship to Alinghi and led a five-race sweep of Team New Zealand.After racing, as Spithill promised, the team returned the Great Sound for more testing after a short break for the press conference and to make some adjustments and changes to the boat. The Kiwis have had their share of mayhem this spring, including a capsize in the challenger semifinals. “We’re really happy with the package they’ve given us”.To which Spithill responded, “Its just beginning, mate.”. But this year they have no Ben Ainslie to go to, and not even a glimmer of hope.Hilary, Jack, Daniel and Chris are putting their best foot forward for the Kiwi sailors.In Race 5, Spithill, an Australian, crossed the starting line a split second too soon and had to drop two lengths behind Team New Zealand. When the boats crossed again, New Zealand was slightly ahead and on favored starboard tack.Burling, who at only 26 could also unseat Spithill as the youngest ever person to helm a winning America’s Cup team, has exuded a disarming calm on and off the water.