Young Kiwi sailors Burling, Tuke go for Triple Crown
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Together, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand won Olympic silver and gold medals, and then the America's Cup.
Separately, they will try to win the Volvo Ocean Race, the round-the-world race that starts Sunday from Alicante, Spain.
Burling is a helmsman and trimmer with Team Brunel, a Dutch-backed squad led by VOR veteran skipper Bouwe Bekking.
Cup champ Burling joins Team Brunel for Volvo Ocean Race
ALICANTE, Spain (AP) — America's Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Peter Burling has joined Team Brunel for the Volvo Ocean Race.
If Team Brunel wins the bluewater classic, Burling would become the first sailor to win the "Triple Crown" of an Olympic gold medal, the America's Cup and the VOR.
Burling helmed Emirates Team New Zealand to an upset of two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup in June.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Redemption for a gutty crew of five New Zealanders and one Australian came on the turquoise waters of Bermuda's Great Sound, four years and 3,000 miles removed from one of the most brutal collapses in sports.
With a mixture of ingenuity and national pride, Emirates Team New Zealand got back up after taking a gut punch for the ages, came to the Bermuda Triangle and ripped the America's Cup right out of tech tycoon Larry Ellison's hands.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Emirates Team New Zealand's Peter Burling wheeled his 50-foot catamaran into controlling position in the prestart of Race 8 of the America's Cup and then gave a quick wave with his right hand to Jimmy Spithill and the boys on Oracle Team USA.
Burling said later he was merely pleased that he nailed the maneuver that allowed the Kiwis to sail away to its second win Sunday on the Great Sound and reach match point in sailing's marquee regatta at 6-1.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Skipper Jimmy Spithill has his swagger back, meaning it's game on in the America's Cup on the Great Sound.
Spithill skippered two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA to its first victory of the regatta, taking a thriller in Race 6 to earn a split Saturday and slow the momentum of Emirates Team New Zealand.
America’s Cup reaches crossroads as Kiwis near win
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — The first and perhaps only America's Cup sailed in the Bermuda Triangle could be over as soon as Sunday afternoon, bringing champagne showers to the Great Sound and changes to sailing's marquee regatta.
That is, unless Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA have any comeback magic left.
That'll be a big ask, considering how fast and dominating helmsman Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand were in routing Oracle in the first four races last weekend.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Jimmy Spithill and his mates with Oracle Team USA might need to start tapping out an SOS from the Bermuda Triangle.
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 international sports.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — In light, shifty winds on the turquoise waters of the Great Sound, Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand made fewer mistakes than Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA and won the first two races of the 35th America's Cup.
It wasn't the cleanest start to sailing's biggest regatta, leaving more questions than answers as both teams headed back to their bases to pore over data and figure out where they need to sharpen up.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Jimmy Spithill isn't afraid of a fight.
The 37-year-old Australian skipper of Oracle Team USA will take on all comers, whether it's from behind the wheel of his fast catamaran in the America's Cup, in a boxing ring or via lethal mind games at news conferences.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — It just wouldn't be an America's Cup match without Emirates Team New Zealand on the starting line.
Representing a small, sailing-mad island nation of 4.6 million people and led by seemingly unflappable 26-year-old America's Cup rookie helmsman Peter Burling, the scrappy Kiwis have reached the final round for the sixth time in the last seven editions of sailing's marquee regatta dating to 1995.
It's on again, mates.
The 35th America's Cup match will be another showdown between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand, a rematch of the epic 2013 regatta that was decided by one of the greatest comebacks — and collapses — in sports.
Emirates Team New Zealand earned its spot in the finals of sailing's marquee regatta when it sped away from Sweden's Artemis Racing on Bermuda's Great Sound on Monday to clinch the challenger finals at 5-2.
The heart-stopping moments keep coming for Emirates Team New Zealand in the America's Cup eliminations on Bermuda's Great Sound.
The Kiwis overcame a mistake by helmsman Peter Burling and barely held off Sweden's Artemis Racing in a drag race to the finish line of Race 6 Sunday to reach match point in the challenger finals.
Emirates Team New Zealand won two of three races Sunday to take a 4-2 lead in the best-of-nine series.
Emirates Team New Zealand capsized Tuesday at the start of an America's Cup challenger semifinal race against Britain on Bermuda's stormy Great Sound, throwing three crewmen into the water and extensively damaging its 50-foot catamaran.
Chase boats immediately converged on the catamaran and confirmed that all six crew members were accounted for, including three who remained in the cockpit in the starboard hull. Skipper Peter Burling said there no major injuries.