Yachting - Spithill could hand over wheel of desperate Oracle

Under pressure: Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill (AFP Photo/EZRA SHAW)

- Skipper Jimmy Spithill says Oracle Team USA will consider every option to keep their America's Cup defence alive, including handing over the helm to a teammate. USA trail Emirates Team New Zealand 6-1 in the first-to-seven series with races nine and 10 on Monday. Spithill recalled his team's remarkable 2013 fightback from 8-1 down to triumph 9-8 over the Kiwis in San Francisco. "I'll do whatever is good for the team," Spithill said. "If we think the team's got a better chance with me on the wheel, clearly I'll go on the wheel. If we think the team's got a better chance with me off the wheel, no problem." Spithill was out-sailed by hotshot young Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling on Sunday. "All teams rely on algorithms and systems ... but at the end of the day a human has to decide when to push a button or when to make a move."

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