Historic day for Spithill as Oracle get up and running in America's Cup


Jimmy Spithill made history as Oracle Team USA gave themselves hope by getting up and running in the America's Cup to trail Emirates Team New Zealand 4-1.

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.

Emirates Team New Zealand capitalised on mistakes from their rivals to leave them 4-0 ahead and just three points from victory.

Oracle Team USA were punished for crossing the start line too early and again when the boats crossed for a second time just after they had taken the lead on leg 3/7, paving the way for Emirates Team New Zealand to seal another win.

They put that behind them to get on the board in Race Six, though, beating the Kiwi team by 11 seconds to raise hopes of a fightback.

Skipper Spithill led his team to a much-needed success to draw himself level with Russell Coutts' record mark of 14 race victories in the America's Cup and ensure the showdown will be prolonged until Monday, with Oracle Team USA looking to make further inroads on Sunday.

Spithill took a change on gate four, which did not pay off and found speed before edging in front at the next gate and was not to be denied an elusive victory.