America's Cup: Sir Ben Ainslie not giving up on despite Team New Zealand's lead
Last Updated: 13/09/13 8:48pm
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Sir Ben Ainslie says Oracle Team USA have not given up on America's Cup glory despite their seven-point deficit to Emirates Team New Zealand.
Britain's four-time Olympic champion was drafted in by Oracle to replace tactician John Kostecki for races six and seven on Thursday, but could not stop Team New Zealand winning both.
Oracle trail by 6 to -1 having been docked two-points prior to the event for making illegal modifications, and need a minor miracle if they are to win the first-to-9 series.
But Ainslie says the team have not given up despite the huge disadvantage.
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"Nobody here is giving up by any means," the 36-year-old told Sky Sports News.
"As we know in any sport, it's not over until it's over and we've got to keep working incredibly hard to try and find a click of speed in the performance of the boat.
"As a sailing team we've got to go out there and keep fighting all the way until the end. We'll do that. We're excited about the races coming up over the weekend and we'll keep pushing all the way."
Ainslie's area of great expertise lies in the individual atmosphere of the Finn and Laser classes but he enjoyed being part of a team in San Francisco.
He added: "It was great - well I say it was great we lost both races, so none of us were thrilled with that.
"We are on the back foot a little here, the New Zealand team clearly have a speed advantage right now which we are desperately trying to rectify.
"Certainly onboard the boat the mood was upbeat. We sailed two pretty good races but unfortunately we didn't quite have the raw speed to match the Kiwis."