U.S. chasing New Zealand and America's Cup 'miracle'

Team New Zealand’s hopes of a whitewash claim splashing down yesterday when Oracle took Race 6

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"I'm very, very proud of how the boys sailed the boat today - there were some great gains there".

"We've got a fantastic team and you can see that out on the water". It was a simple move made to precision: the Kiwi's got to leeward of the Americans and took them head to wind.

"We'll be going straight back out on the water today to work on a few things". "Obviously we're not sailing it as well as we should be". He said those mistakes were due to a software glitch on the space-age boat.

"We changed everything", he said.

Spithill is prepared to relinquish the captaincy if required, admitting to several mistakes during the finals races.

After racing, as Spithill promised, the team returned the Great Sound for more testing after a short break for the press conference and to make some adjustments and changes to the boat. The Kiwis have had their share of mayhem this spring, including a capsize in the challenger semifinals.

At 26, Burling could become the youngest helmsman to win sailing's greatest prize.

Victory for Team New Zealand would cap Ashby's stunning sailing career that already includes multiple world championships and an Olympic silver medal. Spithill, set up to windward, put his bow down to accelerate just a fraction early and was judged early to the start, ceding a penalty and rounding mark one three seconds behind. But this year they have no Ben Ainslie to go to, and not even a glimmer of hope. "They sailed clean and smart", the 37-year-old Spithill said.

“Full credit to the guys for holding it tight and not giving many chances for them [Oracle] to get back in the race, ” Burling, the Team New Zealand helmsman, said.

He closed the gap and crossed just ahead of the Kiwis on the third leg. In the second race, the New Zealander's achieved 100 percent "fly time", meaning they sailed on their foils - through every tack and jibe - for the entire duration of the contest. Spithill dipped underneath. Both boats pushed the protest button, and the umpires decided Spithill didn't give Burling enough room.

After stalling Spithill in the start box, Burling quickly turned the Kiwi boat towards the start line, speeding up past 20 knots as Oracle desperately tried to get moving.

After, what was by their standards, an error-strewn race six yesterday, the Kiwis approached race seven today with lessons clearly well learned overnight.

Such head-to-head duels can often determine the outcome of America's Cup clashes, with New Zealand quickly establishing an early lead which they never relinquished.

In 2013 Team USA drew on the tactical skills of Britain's Ben Ainslie to fight back for a remarkable win.

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