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Heartbreak for NZL Sailing Team at Youth America's Cup

New Zealand apply the pressure on USA in final

If they do get there, Sunday was where it started.

When they engaged in a race six duel, they more than held their own speed-wise in a boat which is lighter and carrying different foils.

It is not the first time Oracle has been up against it in 2013 they came back from 8-1 down to nick the trophy from New Zealand when it was the first to nine. The crew quickly learned to sail the boat better and won eight straight races to complete one of the greatest comebacks in sports.

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The campaign, which Ainslie said is likely to be similar in cost to the 90 million pounds ($114 million) spent on getting to Bermuda, will go ahead regardless of the outcome of the final between holders Team Oracle USA and Emirates Team New Zealand.

With Team New Zealand looking so strong, there are already questions about whether the Kiwis will stick with catamarans or return to monohulls if they lift the Cup off Ellison.

“I think they said, ‘Ah, we heard rumors that youve been testing but we never thought youd actually bloody do it, “ van Velthooven said. The break is a massive opportunity for us as a team to go away and regroup. It was 24 hours shifts for the guys on the shore, and the good thing was we were able to reward them with the win.

Race 6 was to follow.

"We had success promoting Neil Hunter from junior to senior team and we can only look forward to more talented young sailors moving up and forward in their sailing careers with us".

Spithill said Oracle was going back out on the water later Saturday to practice. We have more on the table.

The defending champions trailed 3-0 after two days of competition and New Zealand strengthened their grip on the 35th edition of the famous race by winning Race Five in Bermuda on Saturday.

Spithill was widely reckoned to have the advantage over young Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling, a seven-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist in the 49er class in Rio previous year who despite his credentials came in with far less match racing experience.

Smyth also revealed that Oracle tried hard to sign up Team New Zealand's brilliant Australian skipper Glen Ashby but in the end was outbid by Emirates Team New Zealand.

After five days away from racing Jimmy Spithill's Oracle Team USA's fightback against Emirates Team New Zealand started in the worst possible style in Race Five, the team being handed a penalty for crossing the start line too early, allowing Peter Burling's Emirates Team New Zealand to sail into a clear lead.