America's Cup: Oracle Team USA win again to keep Emirates Team New Zealand waiting
Last Updated: 24/09/13 2:55pm
Oracle Team USA continued their America's Cup comeback with a fifth straight win over Emirates Team New Zealand on Monday.
Jimmy Spithill and his crew, who are holders of the Auld Mug, produced a near-flawless performance in San Francisco Bay and now trail 8-6 overall.
Challengers Emirates Team New Zealand have been on match point since last Wednesday but were left trailing at the start when the wind eventually gathered sufficiently to allow race 16 to begin.
And, with Britain's Sir Ben Ainslie again revelling in his role of tactician on Oracle Team USA, the defenders were able to complete victory by 33 seconds.
Race 17, which was also scheduled for Monday, was postponed due to the later than expected start.
Oracle Team USA, who started the competition on minus two after being penalised for illegally modifying their catamarans, still need to win the final three races to complete a successful cup defence.