Defender oracle team USA stands in the 34. Duel for the america’s cup with the back to the wall. Challengers emirates team new zealand need just three points to win the tournament.
The americans had to win ten more times to defend the snuffed silver pot. The most successful olympic sailor in history is expected to help out. Instead of john kostecki, four-time olympic champion ben ainslie is now calling the shots.
The new zealanders dominated their opponents on the course between golden gate bridge and alcatraz also in races six and seven and increased their score to 6:-1. After just one win so far, larry ellison’s sailing team is still struggling to get the second of the two jury penalty points for boat tampering from the cup apron removed.
In the seventh encounter, the "kiwis" were more than a kilometer ahead at one point, showing the difference in class between the two AC-72 catamarans. The new zealand "aotearoa" has a higher speed potential and is maneuvered more flawlessly around the course by its crew around skipper dean barker than the u.S. Boat. Despite their three times bigger budget, the americans can’t find a way against the new zealanders, who have around 60 million euros at their disposal.
Helmsman james spithill was left with only expedient optimism: "imagine that the kiwis would only lose from now on. How devastating was the? Although they have it almost already in the pocket. This is my motivation."Barker remained cautious: "one bad day out there can turn the momentum on its head. We have no illusions: the road is still hard and long."
The duel continues on saturday with races eight and nine. If the new zealanders continue their winning streak, they could win the america’s cup already sunday night german time for the third time after 1995 and 2000.