9 Sep 2013

Coach doesn't expect Team NZ to win every race

10:59 pm on 9 September 2013

Team New Zealand's coach says he never expected to win every race, after Team Oracle capitalised on his crew's mistakes in the second day of the America's Cup on San Francisco Bay.

Oracle and Team New Zealand won a race each on the second day of racing, after Team New Zealand won both races on the first day

Rod Davis says his team will review races three and four to try to improve for races five and six. New Zealand is five points ahead of Oracle, after the four races.

Oracle led throughout race four for their first win by just eight seconds while Team New Zealand beat the American team by 28 seconds in race three.

Following the loss to Oracle, Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said his opponents sailed a great race.

He said Oracle had momentum at the start line and gained a good lead at the first mark. The New Zealanders battled with Oracle upwind but could not do enough to get past it, he said.

Barker does not think there has been a shift in favour of Oracle and said his team simply did not manage to execute their plan well.

In the earlier race, the New Zealanders trailed Oracle by 18 seconds around the second mark but took the lead on the upwind leg and held on to win.

New Zealand now need to win just six more races to capture the America's Cup, while Oracle still need to win ten after being penalised two points for cheating in a lead-up competition.

The 34th America's Cup is being contested by 72-foot catamarans after two months of qualifying matches.