America's Cup: Team New Zealand move further clear with comfortable win in race five
Last Updated: 11/09/13 3:07pm
Emirates Team New Zealand wave to the crowd after winning race five
Team New Zealand extended their lead in the America's Cup after comfortably defeating Oracle Team USA in the fifth race of the series on Tuesday.
Despite trailing after rounding the first two marks, the Kiwis successfully chased down their rivals whilst sailing upwind on the third leg in San Francisco Bay before moving well clear.
They eventually triumphed by one minute and five seconds, their fourth success so far meaning they are now just five more away from seizing the Cup from the grasp of the current holders.
"It's a tough way to win races, but it's working for us," said New Zealand skipper Dean Barker.
Oracle have one race victory to their name so far but are still stuck on minus one due to a penalty they incurred before the opening race.
They opted to use their "provisional card" after their latest loss, allowing them to postpone the second race that was due to take place on the same day. Instead, race six will now be staged on Thursday.
As well as the two-point penalty handed down for illegally modifying its smaller, 45-foot practice catamarans, Oracle's cause has not been helped by the absence of their first-choice wing-sail trimmer, Dirk de Ridder.
"We need to up our game," skipper Jimmy Spithill said. "We're going to go away and make sure we do what we need for the next one."
Worryingly for Oracle they had practiced sailing upwind, as well as their tacking, on Monday, while their opponents instead stayed ashore on what was an off day.
You can watch the seventh and eighth races of the America's Cup live on Sky Sports 4HD on Thursday at 9pm