Okay 3-0 up. Sounds promising if you're an Emirates Team New Zealand fan but we've been here before, right?

I'm sure the team from San Francisco haven't forgotten and I'm certain Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA haven't either.

The cocky Australian was complimentary of the speed shown by Emirates Team New Zealand yesterday morning but he promised this thing was far from over. He pointed out that they found themselves in a worse position and with less time to fix things in San Francisco back in 2013. We all remember how that turned out.

But Emirates Team New Zealand is aware of that danger now too. They will spend the next five days working hard trying to counter any improvements Oracle Team USA makes.


For the past four years we have heard how Emirates Team New Zealand learned lessons from the devastating defeat to Spithill and Oracle Team USA in the last America's Cup - the next five days will not be spent planning a victory party. There are no points up for grabs but these five days may prove the most vital.

Weather Watch

Beautiful sunshine, no rain, no thunderstorms and no breeze - well that's what Emirates Team New Zealand is thinking for the next five days anyway. We can worry about the weather on Sunday when racing resumes.

Term of the day

Jack. A jack is another word for a sailor. Also jack tar or just tar. A jack can also be a flag. Typically the flag was talked about as if it were a member of the crew. Strictly speaking, a flag is only a jack if it is worn at the jackstaff at the bow of a ship.

Quotes of the day

"We'd like to keep going while we're on a bit of a roll but the schedule is the schedule and we've known that for a long time." - Emirates Team NZ skipper Glenn Ashby.

"They were pretty impressive, I thought, accelerating - certainly at a lot of the transitions around the race track." - Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill.

"This isn't our first rodeo. We've been in this position before and we've had less time before so we have got five important days and we'll be using every single hour of it." - Spithill.

"[Oracle Team USA] have five days to do something to their boat to try and make it a little faster on the foils. I just wouldn't rule them out yet. Conditions could change and that is another thing that could have an effect on Team New Zealand." - Cup winning tactician Brad Butterworth.

Tweets of the day

Helen Clark @HelenClarkNZ

Retweeted EmiratesTeamNZ

Go #Kiwis in #Bermuda at #AmericasCup racing. Innovative design has produced very fast boat & sailors are superb. @EmiratesTeamNZ

Josh Galuszka @KeenBear Shout out to Dean Barker for helping Oracle out the last couple of races, keep up the good work bro. #AmericasCup # TeamNewZealand

Get up for the Cup

No need to for the next few days. Racing takes a break until Sunday morning when races five and six are scheduled. Catch up on some sleep before it all starts again on Sunday.