26 Jun 2017

One more win needed for Team NZ

From Morning Report, 8:09 am on 26 June 2017

Peter Burling is 'happy to take some good gains' as Team New Zealand sailed to the brink of America's Cup victory, taking two races from Oracle Team USA this morning.

Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling gives the thumbs up after beating Oracle Team USA in race 8.

Photo: AFP

Team New Zealand is just one win away from lifting the cup and are sitting on a 6-1 lead in the first-to-seven final, setting themselves up to revenge a humbling defeat in San Francisco in 2013.

Helmsman Burling's team dominated the start of both races and the New Zealanders were never challenged around the course.

Burling said his crew can still improve.

"We were really happy with today's racing but we talked about how we had a lot of things we wanted to improve and today's no different.

"We don't feel like we sailed anywhere near where we can. But we were also really happy to take some good gains in the starts and I think that was the main difference today."