"It does remind me of San Francisco when once the guys get buy-in and they see the boat is faster, then we start building some momentum".
"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.
The next time the boats came together, Team New Zealand was slightly ahead and on favored starboard tack. The crew quickly learned to sail the boat better and won eight straight races to complete one of the greatest comebacks in sports.
Oracle beat Team New Zealand twice en route to winning the Qualifiers, but the Kiwis have stepped up their game since then and are now threatening to pedal away with the prestigious Auld Mug.
The campaign, which Ainslie said is likely to be similar in cost to the 90 million pounds ($114 million) spent on getting to Bermuda, will go ahead regardless of the outcome of the final between holders Team Oracle USA and Emirates Team New Zealand.
"We are clear that we want to compete in the next America's Cup", Land Rover's Cameron said, adding that his preference was for it to be governed by the framework agreement, with an established class of boats and a "World Series" racing circuit.
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Peter Burling steered Emirates Team New Zealand to another runaway victory against Jimmy Spithill and two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA in Race 3 of the America's Cup on Sunday to remain undefeated in the showdown on the Great Sound.
Spithill said Oracle had seen the Kiwis taking a few days off during the week while the Oracle boys sailed every day - Spithill injured his right wrist when he took a tumble on board Friday - and their shore team worked long hours at night.
The underfunded but always crafty Kiwis, the hard-luck losers in the 2013 America's Cup, began secretly working on the cycling system three years ago in Auckland. If anyone is going to make gains it is probably Team New Zealand.
Race 4 was to follow.
"We were certainly excited the way it was panning out", NZL Sailing Team skipper Logan Dunning Beck said.
"I would expect (them) to be absolutely smacking us because of the way the tables were weighted in their favour".
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Smyth said Oracle "went after" Ashby but failed.
But 26-year-old New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling believes the challengers can make strides before Saturday as well as they try to bring the Cup - the world's oldest global sporting trophy - to New Zealand for a third time after Black Magic's triumphs in 1995 ad 2000.
Team New Zealand gained during a wind shift on leg four of the sixth race and passed Oracle.
After claiming the lead by a narrow margin, Team USA were penalised again during the third leg for not giving way to Team New Zealand.
Schedule: The dates of the Match extend from June 17 to 25, though will end earlier when a team scores 7 points.
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