Team NZ need to keep the pressure on Jimmy Spithill video

Team New Zealand have the chance for two more wins against Oracle Team USA on Monday morning.
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Team New Zealand have the chance for two more wins against Oracle Team USA on Monday morning.

Team New Zealand need to keep their foot on the throat of Jimmy Spithill when the America's Cup match resumes in Bermuda on Monday (NZ time).

The Kiwis won both of Sunday's opening races against defenders Oracle Team USA with an impressive display of superior boat speed.

They also made slightly fewer mistakes on a day when both teams were prone to errors.

The match takes a break for almost a week after Monday's races and Team New Zealand will be eager to go into that prolonged break with all the momentum.

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They have won two races but are only one point ahead on the scoreboard after Oracle gained a bonus point from their win in the round-robin series sailed earlier in the month.

Sunday's races were held in winds of 7-10 knots that suited Team New Zealand's impressive foils package for light airs.

Monday's races are set to be held in slightly stronger winds that might help Oracle's chances.

Both teams are adamant they can improve considerably on their opening showings.

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Team New Zealand's issues were more with crew work. Oracle had those problems too, but have a larger headache in the form of finding ways to make their boat faster, particularly upwind.

AMERICA'S CUP FINAL, BERMUDA

Race 1 NZ v US (NZ won by 30s)

Race 2 NZ v US (NZ won by 1m 28s)

NZ lead series 1-0 (They started at -1 after US got a bonus point from the round-robin)

Monday's races:

5.12am: Race 3 NZ v US 

5.57am: Race 4 NZ v US

 - Stuff

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