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America's Cup - Team New Zealand hold match point after two more wins

 

Team New Zealand are now just one win away from lifting the America's Cup after two more victories over Oracle Team USA this morning.

 

Team New Zealand hold a 6-1 lead in the series after taking out both races today in fine fashion.

 

more at http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11881898

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Not as yet, though I will give Spithill a bouquet for his professionalism - calm, cool and collected, a worthy opponent.

 

I was listening to a yachty who is in Bermuda, not a commentator but speaking on the respective cultures of the USA and NZ camps.

 

The gist of what she was saying, was that in the Oracle camp, it was: succeed and you'll be showered with gold and fame, fail and "You're Fired!" (Shouted like Trumpo)

 

Conversely in the NZ camp it was more: succeed and, well that's pretty good, fail and it's "Yeah Nah" and we'll have a look at that....

 

Apparently the Kiwis are all mucking in, board members sweeping floors and such, in Oracle, you can hear them shouting at each other before you get in the door...

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Putting their disappointment behind them, deposed America's Cup champions Oracle Team USA have helped their Kiwi rivals celebrate victory in Bermuda today.

Emirates Team New Zealand closed out their 7-1 challenge victory over the Americans with an emphatic win in this morning's first race, ending 14 years of frustration since the Auld Mug last left Auckland.

While Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill cut a desolate figure afterwards, he and his crew have been incredibly gracious in defeat, with NZME correspondent Dana Johannsen reporting their presence at the Team NZ victory party.

"The entire Oracle sailing team turned up to Team NZ base and mingled for half an hour.

"Everyone was really impressed with the show of sportsmanship and they were clapped as they docked off again."

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