Emirates Team New Zealand overcame a nervous start to edge out Oracle Team USA and claim Race 5 of the America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay on Tuesday.
Despite a strong start from Jimmy Spithill’s men, it wasn’t to be as the Kiwis took advantage of a tactical mistake by the defending champions to cruise past at the leeward mark.
Emirates Team New Zealand then held on to win by a convincing 65-second margin as the Americans decided to play their joker and postpone race six.
The first team to nine wins will claim the 162-year-old trophy, but Oracle were docked two points for cheating just days before the competition.
The team backed by software billionaire Larry Ellison incurred the penalty for illegally modifying their catamaran in the event’s warm-up series and must now win 11 races to keep the Cup.