Challengers Emirates Team New Zealand need just two more wins to lift the 34th America’s Cup trophy and could in theory wrap up victory on the next race day on Wednesday after a split-result on Day 6 in San Francisco Bay.
The defenders, ORACLE TEAM USA, by contrast, require sailing's equivalent of snookers, with eight wins needed to retain their trophy after seeing a chance to eat into their opponents’ huge lead diminish in Sunday's second race.
“It was very important to bounce back after the first race; the Oracle boat sailed a great race and gave us no opportunities,” said the New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker. “The second race was close across the first reach; they touched the water once, which gave us the lead at the mark. We felt strong at the bottom mark but they sailed a good upwind leg and were right there at the top.”
Another large crowd, estimated to be more than 35,000, was on hand at the two America’s Cup venues on the shores of San Francisco Bay taking in the action on a sun-drenched day.
In its 162-year history, the America’s Cup has rarely delivered such close racing as the two crews traded tacks and jibes all the way around the racecourse - at speeds in excess of 70 knots!
Emirates Team New Zealand scored a 16-second victory in Race 10 after a resurgent ORACLE TEAM USA scored a 47-second victory in Race 9 to gain the team's first point of the series - the day's split meaning that the Kiwis hold a scoreboard lead of 7-1.
The winner of the 34th America’s Cup will be the first team to score nine points.
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