Oracle Team USA produced a stunning performance to edge out Emirates Team New Zealand and clinch the fourth race of the America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay on Sunday.
While the Kiwis won the third heat of the 17-race final series, Jimmy Spithill’s men proved unstoppable in the fourth and crossed the finish line eight seconds in front of their rivals, giving them a major boost ahead of Tuesday’s action.
Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Dean Barker, must now win nine races to take the silver trophy.
Oracle needs to clinch 11 because of a penalty incurred for adding illegal weight to boats used in a previous preparatory Cup competition, the biggest cheating scandal in the regatta’s 162-year history.
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