The America's Cup has become known as much for the off-water antics as it has for the on-water action. The event's history is one rich with diplomatic squabbling, jealously guarded secrets, deceit, mind games and out-and-out feuds between sailors. The 35th America's Cup has thus far been no different. To assess the level of unrest in Bermuda, the Herald have come up with a highly scientific measurement - behold the niggle-o-meter.

A poor day on the water for Jimmy Spithill resulted in a tame performance in the post-racing press conference shortly after.

Spithill seized on his rival Peter Burling's errors with the same ruthlessness on land as he did on the racecourse when he fronted media following Oracle's round robin victories over the Kiwi team.

This time round, with Spithill's team the one making "basic fouls", and fundamental errors on the racecourse, the two-time America's Cup winning skipper was a lot more circumspect.


The US team made an uncharacteristic error in the startbox, copping a penalty for crossing the startline as the Kiwi boat pressured them from behind.

But Spithill was careful not to give Burling any credit for his improved efforts in the startbox yesterday.

"We basically handed them that one," Spithill said, which was met with a scoff by the young Team NZ helmsman sitting next to him on the podium.