New Zealand sitting pretty in Bermuda

New Zealand sitting pretty in Bermuda

Oracle Team USA have won their first race of the America's Cup in Bermuda, beating Emirates Team New Zealand by 11 seconds in race six.

"We are clear that we want to compete in the next America's Cup", Land Rover's Cameron said, adding that his preference was for it to be governed by the framework agreement, with an established class of boats and a "World Series" racing circuit.

Land Rover BAR team principal and skipper Sir Ben Ainslie said: "We could not be prouder of the Land Rover BAR Academy winning the Red Bull Youth America's Cup".

The chief executive the America's Cup Event Authority, Oracle's event management organisation, has written in the local paper that while there were no guarantees, the best chance for Bermuda to stage the next cup would be though a win by Oracle Team USA.

But judging by one recent news report, the regatta is also stirring political waves for the island nation of Bermuda over the cost of the event.

"That was exactly what the boys needed".

It just wasn't the Hollywood ending the NZL Sailing Team had been hoping for.

The margin of 2 minutes, 4 seconds was the biggest of the match. You see the team's pumped up now. When the boats reach a certain speed, they rise up on a daggerboard and rudders, with the hulls completely out of the water.

"I would expect (them) to be absolutely smacking us because of the way the tables were weighted in their favour".

While they focus on another comeback, New Zealand is keen to reproduce the outcome of 1995, when Russell Coutts skippered Black Magic to a five-race sweep of Dennis Conner's Young America in San Diego. It looked amusing then to us.

Spithill said Oracle was going back out on the water later Saturday to practice.

"We changed everything", he said.

Spithill was widely reckoned to have the advantage over young Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling, a seven-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist in the 49er class in Rio a year ago who despite his credentials came in with far less match racing experience. "We just go as hard as we can and let the other guys not pedal as hard so they're dialed in for all the races", van Velthooven said.

But things could change if New Zealand triumph as the winners decide the format of the next cup and the Kiwis are the only team not to have signed up to the deal.

There were two lead changes on the upwind third leg Saturday.

And it was Spithill, not the unflappable Burling, who blinked first, incurring a penalty when he crossed the startline early in the opening race to hand New Zealand the advantage.

It is not the first time Oracle has been up against it in 2013 they came back from 8-1 down to nick the trophy from New Zealand when it was the first to nine.

Races 7 and 8 are scheduled for Sunday.