Yachting: New Zealand make fast start in America's Cup final

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"If we have to change hulls, its nearly twice the price to have our chance to perform", Cammas said.

With the pressure now off, Burling guided his team around the sixth and final gate and coasted to the finish line an entire minute and 28 seconds ahead of Jimmy Spithill's ORACLE TEAM USA, taking not only their second successive win of day one, but also moving into a one point advantage in the battle for the "Auld Mug".

"I'm expecting it's going to be one hell of a fight", Spithill said in a skippers press conference on Friday.

The final is a race to seven points, with New Zealand now 1-0 ahead of two races on Sunday. In this photo provided by the America's Cup Event Authority, Oracle Team USA, foreground, competes with Emirates Team New Zealand during Race 2 of the America's Cup match sailing competition, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in the G.

Both races there was some chances but these guys [Emirates Team New Zealand] at the end of the day made fewer mistakes.

And then, saying he had a "leak" in the Kiwi camp, Spithill upstaged Burling when he said the Kiwis would pick Britain as their challenger semifinal opponent. "Today I thought we got off the line pretty well, but they were pretty impressive accelerating".

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

The last meeting between these teams in the America's Cup Match saw Spithill and his team complete one of the most remarkable comebacks in sporting history to win the 34th America's Cup in September 2013.

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"Look, I really try and portray the team", Spithill said Friday after he and Burling posed with the America's Cup.

The French are working on other funding alternatives as they wait to hear if they will be able to continue their campaign, which produced a competitive boat and crew in a remarkably short space of time.

But the Kiwis came off their foils during a hard maneuver and slowed dramatically in light, shifty wind, losing half their lead.

The always-crafty Kiwis are using a "cyclor" grinding system. He has won Olympic gold and silver medals with grinder Blair Tuke.

The sighting begged the question of whether the United States team were putting together a second boat or merely trying to rattle their rivals - who are out to expunge the memory of their spectacular collapse from an 8-1 lead in the title series in San Francisco four years ago.

"I think it just shows that you guys will fall for anything", Spithill chuckled.

Oracle fell back, however, allowing the New Zealand team to secure their second win.

Oracle made an unforced error when its 50-foot catamaran came off its foils early on the downwind second leg.