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With the pressure mounting on Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA, they finally halted Emirates Team New Zealand's charge, securing a timely and vital 11 second victory over the Kiwis in the sixth race of the America's Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, to cut the deficit to 4-1. He mentioned the San Francisco comeback.

"I think if Oracle wins, we could have another event every year and what would separate the America's Cup from just being another regatta?" he asked.

The defending champions trailed 3-0 after two days of competition and New Zealand strengthened their grip on the 35th edition of the famous race by winning Race Five in Bermuda on Saturday.

Things started badly on Saturday for the U.S.as they were fraction of a second over the line at the start of the first race, picking up a penalty which left them trailing.

But 26-year-old New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling believes the challengers can make strides before Saturday as well as they try to bring the Cup - the world's oldest global sporting trophy - to New Zealand for a third time after Black Magic's triumphs in 1995 ad 2000. We were either going to be the laughingstock or the best power source the Cup has seen.

"We love blasting so we couldn't resist the temptation [to get on the foils]", Dunning Beck said.

But Oracle is still making mistakes, which Spithill acknowledged.

"We had success promoting Neil Hunter from junior to senior team and we can only look forward to more talented young sailors moving up and forward in their sailing careers with us".

Burling defended the Kiwis taking a few days off. "We just go as hard as we can and let the other guys not pedal as hard so they're dialed in for all the races", van Velthooven said.

Team New Zealand gained during a wind shift on leg four of the sixth race and passed Oracle.

The boats went their separate ways for the remainder of the race in light-to- moderate breeze, the Americans' hopes not helped by a poor gybe which lost them about 200m.

He crossed ahead on the third leg.

After five days with no racing, both crews have been working to improve the performance of their space-age catamarans, with the pressure on the USA crew and their extensive design and technical team to pull something out of the hat. The umpires decided Spithill didn't give Burling enough room. When the cats reach a certain speed, they rise up on the leeward daggerboard and rudders, with the hulls completely out of the water.

The team mimicked their race day schedule, leaving the dock at 1.15pm local time, and returning at 4pm.