The racing continues as ORACLE TEAM USA snatch another victory once again in San Francisco Bay.
As the Americans successfully defended their title one more time in race 16 – after four previous consecutive wins – the scoreboard closed to 8-6 with Emirates Team New Zealand needing one final point to claim sailing glory.
With a light, consistent wind, it soon became clear to the Kiwis that ORACLE TEAM USA were in strong form as they jumped the challengers almost immediately at the start and showed incredible acceleration.
Despite Emirates Team New Zealand maintaining an aggressive stance, their rivals gained time on each of the course's five legs to come in 33 seconds ahead at the finish for another valuable point and their fifth win in a row.
ORACLE TEAM USA now needs just three more to reach nine points, while Emirates Team New Zealand are still looking to score that elusive final point. There's a maximum of three races to go, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Watch every race in the 34th America's Cup LIVE on redbull.com. Race 17 starts at 10.15pm CEST on Tuesday, September 24.
- Races 17 and 18*: Tuesday, September 24 at 10.15pm CEST (1.15pm PDT) and 11.15pm (2.15pm PDT)
* If necessary.