Kiwis regain America’s Cup momentum in Race 10
Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand regained the momentum in the America’s Cup when it pulled ahead of defending champion Oracle Team USA on the fourth leg to win Race 10 by 17 seconds yesterday.
Team New Zealand, which almost capsized during a 52-second loss Saturday, leads 7-1 and needs two more wins to claim the Auld Mug for the second time in 18 years.
Today’s a lay day and the Kiwis could clinch tomorrow, when the next two races are scheduled.
The Kiwis went from almost even with Oracle to about 200 yards ahead after the American boat chose to slow and dip behind on the downwind fourth leg rather than gybe onto Team New Zealand.
Oracle led wire-to-wire to win Race 9 by 47 seconds.