New Zealand obliterate USA to surge into 3-0 lead in America’s Cup final – Telegraph.co.uk
Oracle Team USA must mount another miraculous comeback if they are to win the America’s Cup for the third time in succession after Emirates Team New Zealand raced into a 3-0 lead in the first-to-seven final match in Bermuda.
Having dominated day one, the Kiwis completed their clean sweep by winning both races on Sunday by convincing margins to leave a shell-shocked USA team contemplating the dismantling of their America’s Cup legacy.
Only for a brief moment did the USA look like they had turned things around when they nudged ahead of the New Zealand boat at the pre-start of race one. A poor gybe, however, when rounding the first mark caused them to cede the lead to the Kiwis; a position they never relinquished.
The USA may have hoped that the slightly stronger winds forecast for Sunday may have come to their aide, with the Kiwis clearly the faster boat in Saturday’s lighter conditions. But that was not to be the case and, if anything, the more stable conditions helped the New Zealanders even further, with the Americans unable to rely on unpredictable gusts to haul themselves back into contention.
The Kiwis slowly stretched their lead throughout the first race to eke out a winning margin of 49 seconds, before annihilating the Americans in the day’s second race to record another comfortable win by 1 minute 11 seconds.