Kiwis beat Oracle in 1st 2 America's Cup races in Bermuda

Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill in the shadow of the America's Cup

GETTY IMAGES Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill in the shadow of the America's Cup

The America's Cup has jumped fully into the 21st century, from the space-age catamarans that lift up on hydrofoils and fly across the waves to the use of social media for some smack talk between sailors in the days before two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA and challenger Emirates Team New Zealand meet in the 35th America's Cup starting Saturday on the Great Sound.

The challenging team showed their dominance in light winds, pulling away for convincing victories in all four races.

Spithill noted that many in Team USA are veterans of the 2013 campaign in San Francisco, when New Zealand held match point at 8-1 against Oracle only to lose 8-9 - falling victim to one of sport's greatest comebacks.

Oracle launched a protest, unhappy with misreading the situation, before the race officials sided against the cup holders as Team New Zealand strolled home to win by 49 seconds.

"It's pretty pleasing for us as a group to be able to win by that much with so many errors around the track", Burling said before the contenders headed out for race two. "We've got to get faster, it's very obvious", Spithill said.

The New Zealand boat now needs another eight wins to take The Auld Mug back to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland, where it resided from 1995 until 2003.

Cycling nerd John MacLeary wants to know whether the cyclors on board the New Zealand boat wear trainers or cycling shoes. They won by 30 seconds, still showing their dominance in light wind.

Despite starting one point behind in the competition, Team NZ now look to be on the right track to be the first to seven as they edge 3-0 points ahead of Team USA on day two. "And we know if we step back they will catch us".

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"Everything will be put out on the table, nothing will be off limits, and over the next five days our incredible shore team will be looking at every aspect of our boat". “Today I thought we got off the line pretty well, but they were pretty impressive accelerating.

No one is ruling out another miraculous comeback from Oracle Team USA but the global sailing media are united in the opinion that there will be "no silver bullet".

Team USA can take heart from the fact they came from 8-1 down to sensationally win the 2013 America's Cup.

"We've proved we can win races against these guys".

After the opening four races over the weekend - all dominated by Emirates Team New Zealand - the teams have a five-day break before the next block of races in the first-to-seven series.

Coutts has been the CEO of Oracle Team USA since it beat Alinghi in 2010.

The second race saw a tense start, which was also won by New Zealand. The Kiwis used the same foils they did in speeding to two victories Saturday while the American-backed crew appeared to use two different foils.

The French team is waiting to hear if Groupama will continue their sponsorship, which is expected within the month, after a good performance in the America's Cup despite coming to the competition late and with the smallest budget.

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