America's Cup: New Zealand one race win away from clinching 2013 trophy
Last Updated: September 19, 2013 10:47am
Emirates Team New Zealand moved within one win of clinching the America's Cup after claiming a 15-second victory in Race 11 on Wednesday.
The Kiwis took an 8-1 lead over Oracle Team USA but were denied the opportunity to win the oldest international sports trophy the same day after high winds postponed Race 12.
Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker edged out rival Jimmy Spithill at the start of Wednesday's race and led the whole way, building his lead on the crucial upwind third leg towards the Golden Gate Bridge.
Oracle gathered momentum on the course's only upwind leg but could not reel in New Zealand, who led by six seconds at the second gate mark and extended it to 17 seconds at the third gate.
The New Zealanders watched their lead of about 200 meters shrink to around 70 meters as the boats raced downwind on their foils, their hulls completely out of the water.
Neither crew enjoyed a good rounding of the fourth gate, yet the Kiwis sprinted first down the final reaching leg to the finish off America's Cup Park on Pier 27-29.