America's Cup: Oracle Team USA beat Emirates Team New Zealand twice more
Last Updated: September 23, 2013 5:43pm
Oracle Team USA: Kept their hopes of a dramatic comeback in the America's Cup alive
Oracle Team USA continued to cut their gap to Emirates Team New Zealand at the America's Cup by taking victory in races 14 and 15 on Sunday.
Jimmy Spithill and the rest of the Oracle crew are now 8-5 behind having won the last four races, with the Kiwis still searching for the one victory they need to clinch yachting's top prize.
After an even start in race 14, Oracle rounded the first gate in the lead and them outmanoeuvred their opponents to extend their advantage throughout the contest on San Francisco Bay.
New Zealand exerted some pressure in the upwind third leg, closing to within 25 metres at times, but Oracle managed to fend off their challenge and crossed the finish line 23 seconds ahead.
Oracle jumped out to another big lead in the second race of the day, with New Zealand again unable to overhaul the deficit. The eventual margin of victory was this time 37 seconds.
Although they have now won four races in a row, Oracle must win four more in succession to take the overall honours.