9 Sep 2013

Barker still predicts close series despite winning opening America's Cup races

10:57 am on 9 September 2013

Despite winning the two opening races of the America's Cup, Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker is still predicting a close series in San Francisco.

Team New Zealand beat Oracle Team USA off the starting line and across the finish twice in a row, out sailing the defending champions when it came to speed and maneuvering.

Barker and his crew won the opening race by 36 seconds and the second by 52 seconds but still believes there is very little between the two boats.

New Zealand must win nine races to claim the Cup, while Oracle has to win 11 having been penalised two races for cheating.