Team New Zealand put one hand on the Louis Vuitton Cup with another crushing win over Luna Rossa in San Francisco today.
The 1min 57sec victory gave Team New Zealand a 5-1 lead in the best of 13 series challengers final.
Just two further wins are needed to secure a place in the America's Cup final against Oracle next month.
Only a calamity will prevent that such is New Zealand's dominance over the Italians.
It could be wrapped up tomorrow when the next two races are scheduled although heavy wind forecasts could force another postponement.
The Kiwis will want to get this done as quickly as possible and get into their last phase of development because they simply aren't getting the competition they wanted out of the Italians.
Dean Barker lined up another good start at the windward end of the line and simply ripped past Luna Rossa, showing nearly 10 knots of speed difference on the first short leg.
That gave them a massive 10 seconds lead at the first mark and with their speed advantage and slicker performance all round, the race was over.
In less than a minute the Kiwis had opened up a 300m gap and by the bottom mark the delta had pushed out to 50 seconds.
On the upwind leg, Team New Zealand even managed to get up on its foils despite the lighter breezes, hitting 28 knots in 17 knots of wind at one stage for an instant gain of around 200m and a lead extension to 1min 16sec at the third mark.
That pushed out to 1min 47sec on the final downwind leg and the short dash to the finish extended that even further.
Barker was delighted with a near flawless performance from his crew and boat: "We went well today. They very difficult conditions, quite light and puffy, and any little mistake gets magnified."
He said the start was again crucial.
"We wanted to start at the weather end, it's a tight first reach and with the flood tide we wanted to try and use that angle. It worked out as well as we could have hoped."
A disappointed Luna Rossa helmsman Chris Drape waved the white flag, saying it didn't matter which side Team New Zealand came at them at the start line, the Kiwis simply had too much gas.
"It would have been nice if we had a better start, but the cold reality is they are going to sail past us, it's pretty frustrating."
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