Burl­ing, New Zealand reach match point in Amer­ica’s Cup

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

HAMIL­TON, BER­MUDA | Emi­rates Team New Zealand’s Peter Burl­ing wheeled his 50-foot cata­ma­ran into con­trol­ling po­si­tion in the prestart of Race 8 of the Amer­ica’s Cup and then gave a quick wave with his right hand to Jimmy Sp­ithill and the boys on Or­a­cle Team USA.

Burl­ing said later he was merely pleased that he nailed the ma­neu­ver that al­lowed the Ki­wis to sail away to its sec­ond win Sun­day on the Great Sound and reach match point in sail­ing’s mar­quee re­gatta at 6-1.

Burl­ing, 26, might as well have been wav­ing good­bye to two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Or­a­cle Team USA, which is owned by soft­ware ty­coon Larry El­li­son and crewed mostly by Aus­tralians.

The Ki­wis need one more win to re­claim the old­est tro­phy in in­ter­na­tional sports for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auck­land, which held it from 1995-2003.

The clincher could come Mon­day, when two races are sched­uled.

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