Mr America's Cup cheers for New Zealand

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After claiming the lead by a narrow margin, Team USA were penalised again during the third leg for not giving way to Team New Zealand.

"They should have got one (penalty) at the top mark and the umpires admitted that", said Spithill.

The magazine reported that "at meals he sits with the engineers, not just the other sailors (or gets the sailors to join him), and has a constant back-and-forth with the engineers on how things really work, and what ifs".

The New Zealand camp have not said so far what they will do if they win the cup back. The crew quickly learned to sail the boat better and won eight straight races to complete one of the greatest comebacks in sports.

The win gives Oracle Team USA its first point, the cup holders still trail Emirates Team New Zealand four-one.

"I think he always had a good knack of making a boat sail fast, whatever that knack is its probably an unseen skill, it's probably nearly instinctive", says Nick.

"I like what I'm hearing about the possibility of going back to a mono hull and not making it the same circus that we have [in Bermuda]", Conner said in an interview with Rachel Smalley on Newstalk ZB's Early Edition.

“I think they said, ‘Ah, we heard rumors that youve been testing but we never thought youd actually bloody do it, “ van Velthooven said.

Quote of the day "It was great to see a bit of fight out of these boys".

"It just seems like they're getting a few soft ones from the umpires".

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However, despite the setback, the American team responded spectacularly, closing the gap completely rounding the second gate before taking the lead in the first pass of the America's Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, on leg 3/7.

"We worked very very hard those five days and we sailed probably five times as much as the other guys and did a lot of work on the shore and I'd just like to see the boat go quicker", Spithill said, adding that they would be doing more overnight.

Unsurprisingly, Team NZ helmsman Peter Burling was confident they were in the right, insisting they did all they could to avoid a collision.

That's what Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club commodore Nick Wrinch told SunLive following Team New Zealand's win in Bermuda.

"We love blasting so we couldn't resist the temptation [to get on the foils]", Dunning Beck said.

But he has no doubt that once they sort out those issues and improve their boat handling, they will be in a position to make even more gains.

"But all in all we're happy with the boat's performance today".

The US Defenders of the America's Cup found themselves 3-0 down to their Kiwi rivals after the first four races of the final stage of the 35th America's Cup.

Burling and his crew fought hard to get back into the race and at one stage got a lead, only to be overtaken and ultimately left trailing in the wake of the US boat as it screamed into the finish, to loud cheers from many Bermudan supporters.

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