Young Brits win sailing title in last-minute upset


HAMILTON, Bermuda Britain will not be bringing the America's Cup home this year but they narrowly beat New Zealand to clinch the Red Bull Youth America's Cup in Bermuda on Wednesday.

The NZ team looked in good spirits as they prepare for tomorrow's America's Cup showdown against Oracle.

With a five-day gap until the next races, Oracle will work 24-hour days with their design and technical team to improve their boat speed, as they seek to match New Zealand's edge.

Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill said his crew had to make some "serious changes". In sailing these boats, split-second decisions can lead to big gains or big losses.

It is not the first time Oracle has been up against it in 2013 they came back from 8-1 down to nick the trophy from New Zealand when it was the first to nine. The crew quickly learned to sail the boat better and won eight straight races to complete one of the greatest comebacks in sports.

"You'd have to put your money behind Team New Zealand at the moment with the boat speed they've shown which seems to be coming from their foil and wing package", Smyth told the Weekend Herald.

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"The courses are short and there's not much time on the race track so if one team gets a flier and they are all the way in front, you can't really do much to catch them".

With their innovative use of cycle-style pedals - rather than traditional arm-power - New Zealand turned to Olympic cycling medalist Simon van Velthooven. It was Coutts who skippered Team New Zealand's remarkably fast sloop Black Magic to a five-race sweep of Dennis Conner off San Diego in 1995, taking the Auld Mug to the land of the long white cloud for the first time. If one were to take the current boats, they would have to get a smaller rig for this objective. "Even with personnel changes, there's this culture that's developed". "We competed for Glen Ashby". The Kiwis looked to have successfully retained their crown after claiming a ideal set of race results on the day with three consecutive victories, while the leaders after day one of the Finals, Land Rover BAR Academy, had endured a hard afternoon and were still on the course with the rest of the field, languishing in fifth place.

“Position one is more of a mercenary. They've taken quite a different approach than all of the other teams in a number of areas.

Great vantage point for americascup race in spectacular Bermuda between EmiratesTeamNZ & OracleTeamUSA. Local heroes TeamBDA, who had exceeded all expectations by reaching the Red Bull Youth America's Cup Final, finished their incredible journey in eighth place, having enjoyed momentous highlights including a fairytale victory in the Final's opening race. "They've already proven to be really, really successful".

However, a chaotic turn of events resulted in Team Germany spearing the leeward gate with their genneker pole and Team Tilt, of Switzerland, and Artemis Youth Racing were both hit with penalties, allowing BAR Academy to surge into second and win the Cup by a two-point margin from the Kiwis.