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Emirates Team New Zealand beat Oracle Team USA in race two of the America's Cup final on Saturday to go 1-0 ahead after erasing the US team's one-point lead in the first race with another convincing win.

Emirates Team New Zealand threw down the gauntlet on the opening day of the 35th America's Cup on Saturday with two surprise victories over defending champions Oracle Team New Zealand.

The 26-year-old Burling calmly steered the Kiwis' fast 50-foot catamaran to two more dominating victories Sunday to remain undefeated in the showdown on the Great Sound.

They made up that deficit with their first win on Saturday and with three wins from three races held a 2-0 lead in the first-to-seven points series with race four to come later Sunday.

It was an nearly totally dominant display from Emirates Team NZ helmsman Peter Burling, who had the better of counterpart Jimmy Spithill throughout the opening exchanges, winning both starts and overcoming slight lapses late in both races.

"I think the question is, imagine if these guys lost from here", Spithill said, glancing at then-Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker. Emirates Team New Zealand faces Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup sailing match starting June 17.

Two races are scheduled on both days this weekend, beginning at 14:12 local time (1:12pm ET).

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Race Two: Emirates Team New Zealand beat ORACLE TEAM USA by 1 minute and 28 seconds.

Further along the narrow hull of the catamaran is Blair Tuke, Burling's Olympic partner in the 49er skiff, who both cycles and adjusts the rake of the foils which allow the boat to lift out of the water and "fly".

The last meeting between these teams in the America's Cup Match saw Spithill and his team complete one of the most remarkable comebacks in sporting history to win the 34th America's Cup in September 2013.

But skipper Jimmy Spithill and his crew, although outwardly confident, will not be taking anything for granted in their quest for a third successive win after seeing how New Zealand have performed to become the challenger for the "Auld Mug", which was first claimed in 1851 by the schooner "America".

The Kiwi's control system, which is manned by skipper Glenn Ashby, means that they can also be fast and accurate going into manoeuvres and coming out.

“Theres a lot obviously we can take from today, a lot to be learnt and good news we are only one back.

"I think it just shows that you guys will fall for anything", Spithill chuckled. "We'll keep battling away and aim to get the remaining six wins needed as soon as possible".


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