Kiwis Win First Two Races Over U.S. in America’s Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand has the lead over defending-champion Oracle Team USA going into the second day of races in the 34th America’s Cup championship.

The Kiwis won Race 1 by 36 seconds yesterday and followed with a 52-second win in Race 2 on San Francisco Bay.

“For us, it couldn’t have been a better start,” said Dean Barker, skipper of the New Zealand yacht. “I’m really proud of the way the guys sailed. The boat was spot-on today.”

The teams are competing in a best-of-17 series. New Zealand needs seven more wins to claim the trophy.

The Oracle team must win 11 races to retain the cup after being penalized two races when it was found to have made improper modifications to the smaller 45-foot yachts used is last year’s America’s Cup World Series.

The 72-foot catamarans return to the course today for two races.

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