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Rapid development our only hope: Team USA

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/06/2017

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Matching or bettering Team New Zealand's design innovations is the way back into America's Cup contention, Team USA believe.

Down 3-0 after losing the first four races in the Cup Match in Bermuda, the defenders are on the ropes and eyeing salvation in development changes.

Skipper Jimmy Spithill and trimmer Joey Newton both say it is obvious the Kiwi syndicate boast a faster catamaran, having dominated all four races from start to finish.

The final takes a break until Sunday and Monday (NZT), when another four races are scheduled.

The five-day break is a Godsend for Team USA, whose heavily-resourced shore crew can turn its hand quickly to boat design and setup improvements.

"The thing the Kiwis seem to be doing a little better is getting their foils up and down in the range and always having a little speed edge," Newton said.

"So that's where our team will be focusing.

"The America's Cup will be won and lost in the next week and the changes each team makes."

Matching or bettering Team New Zealand's design innovations is the way back into America's Cup contention, Team USA believe. © ASSOCIATED PRESS Matching or bettering Team New Zealand's design innovations is the way back into America's Cup contention, Team USA believe. Four years ago, Team USA made improvements midway through the Cup Match in San Francisco, famously turning an 8-1 deficit into a triumphant 9-8 defence.

Newton says the same dynamics are at play in Bermuda.

"The America's Cup is about learning and evolving and changing.

"This New Zealand boat is quicker than the one we raced a few weeks ago.

"Our guys have already been thinking about what we're going to do to mode the boat differently to try to match or try to leapfrog over the Kiwi boat."

Despite their lead and dominant performances, Team NZ are adamant they will address all parts of their setup.

The foils, daggerboards, daggerboard tips, rudders and elevators can all be tweaked, along with the complex hydraulic control system.

Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling says no stone will go unturned.

"We've already got a massive list of things we want to work on. We sailed better today but we also made a lot of mistakes and we are a long way from where we want to be," he said.

"And we know if we step back they will catch us."

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