Emirates Team New Zealand have bounced back in the America’s Cup to record their biggest win over Oracle Team USA and increase their lead in the first-to-nine series to 4-0 (effectively 4 to -1 due to Oracle's pre-regatta punishment) on a shortened day in San Francisco.
The defenders opted to play their postponement card, putting off the second scheduled race of the day.
Each team has one card to play to save them from a potential gear failure or issue with the boat.
In Race 5, Oracle skipper James Spithill kept Dean Barker in check through the prestart sequence, and after a fairly even start the defender showed better speed to win the sprint to the first mark and lead down the first run.
Once again there were no passing lanes downwind as Oracle led by eight seconds at Mark 2.
Spithill opted to tack early and were just ahead at the first cross but gave up the starboard advantage as the boats split.
That proved to be a costly decision as the Kiwis took the lead the next time the boats came together and established a comfortable gap over the Americans who also had problems with their boards.
As Oracle finally rounded Mark 3 1:16 behind ETNZ they were 1300 metres astern of NZL5.
The final delta was 1:05 as Team New Zealand and move to within five races of the Cup.
The next race is scheduled for Friday morning for races six and seven.
source: newshub archive