Yachting - USA eye epic comeback against dominant New Zealand

HAMILTON, BERMUDA - JUNE 20: Oracle Team USA skippered by Jimmy Spithill makes its way back to shore after a practice session on June 20, 2017 in Hamilton, Bermuda. Clive Mason/Getty Images/AFPHAMILTON, BERMUDA - JUNE 20: Oracle Team USA skippered by Jimmy Spithill makes its way back to shore after a practice session on June 20, 2017 in Hamilton, Bermuda. Clive Mason/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/CLIVE MASON)

- Oracle Team USA need another epic turnaround to thwart a young, hungry Emirates Team New Zealand in the 35th America's Cup that resumes Saturday on Bermuda's Great Sound. The US team, backed by tech billionaire Larry Ellison erased a 1-8 deficit four years ago to stun New Zealand 9-8 in San Francisco. Vying to win yachting's most prestigious trophy for a third straight time, they trail 0-3 in the first-to-seven points series -- with all the indicators seemingly in the Kiwis' favor. "Four years ago it was a miracle," said Franck Cammas, skipper of vanquished challenger Groupama Team France. "Miracles rarely occur twice in a row." New Zealand, on the other hand, are keen to reproduce the outcome of 1995, when Russell Coutts skippered Black Magic to a five-race sweep of Dennis Conner's Young America in San Diego.

AFP