Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site. Jimmy Spithill's Oracle team now face an uphill battle to win the competition, where the trophy is earned by the team that wins seven races.
"Today was a really good day for us and we feel like we improved a lot on yesterday", Burling told a news conference. Today I thought we got off the line pretty well, but they were pretty impressive accelerating.
Let's end with an old cup saying: "The America's Cup has already been won, we just don't know who it is yet".
Still, this isn't the start the powerhouse Oracle squad expected.
On the opposite side of the ledger, Team NZ helmsman Peter Burling was satisfied with the clinical performance of his own crew, but stressed there would be complacency as they enter the lay-day period.
We have to remember that and clearly weve got to make some steps forward in boat speed.
We made a few mistakes around the track obviously and so did the other guys, Ashby said.
The two-time defending America's Cup champions are foundering badly against hotshot young helmsman Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand, who are threatening to sail - and cycle - away with the oldest trophy in worldwide sports.
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Extraordinarily, when I asked him how the team out in front knew where to look for further improvement, the 26-year-old Olympic world champion and gold medallist cited his own past experience with Olympic and Team NZ sailing partner Blair Tuke.
"The motivation is always there", said Spithill, who is trying to win the America's Cup for the third straight time before he turns 38.
Racing will resume again next Saturday.
The American-backed crew benefited from a wind shift sailing upwind on leg five in the second race and made up a huge deficit, pulling right behind the Kiwis sailing through the gate mark. The Kiwi catamaran rose onto its hydrofoils and sped off across the turquoise waters of the Great Sound.
Four years ago, the Americans, guided by Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill, pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in sport. "It's not over. We've got five days now, very important days". "We were far from our best today". But were also a quite candid group and its quite clear we need to make some changes.
Well-funded Oracle Team USA has five days to try to come with some answers to counter the spot-on design innovations by the scrappy Kiwis, who are getting by with much less funding.
Races 3 and 4 are scheduled Sunday.
Burling has barely engaged in the start box, keeping out of trouble and relying on boat speed to hand them an early advantage on the opening two legs.