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Oracle loses again to Kiwis in race for America's Cup

SAN FRANCISCO — Nothing but stern.

That's mostly what defending America's Cup champion Oracle Team USA saw of Emirates Team New Zealand's fast boat on Thursday, when the plucky Kiwis won two more races to move closer to taking the America's Cup Down Under for the second time in 18 years.

Of course, since this newfangled America's Cup is sailed in high-performance, 72-foot catamarans, Oracle and its new tactician, Olympic star Ben Ainslie, had to watch two Kiwi sterns speed past and then pull away between Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge.

There's only one upwind leg on the five-leg course on San Francisco Bay, and that's where the Kiwis are burying the Americans as the boats zigzag toward the Golden Gate Bridge.

With their grinders working so hard they were gasping for air, and skipper Dean Barker making an aggressive move, the Kiwis turned a close Race 6 into a 47-second victory. They then put a whitewashing on Larry Ellison's syndicate in the seventh race, leading the whole way for a victory of 1 minute, 6 seconds.


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