Emirates Team New Zealand started the America's Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton -1 due to Oracle Team USA's win in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers.
The charismatic Spithill has more expertise in match racing, the sailing equivalent of a boxing contest, and the benefit of almost two decades of America's Cup experience. He said the Kiwis had benefited from some "soft" calls by the umpires.
"It's an incredibly shifty day and we tried to consolidate a little bit halfway up that second beat and let them get a bit closer, but it felt like we had pretty minimal risk that whole race".
Even after losing two races on Sunday, Spithill was not in any mood to give up, conceding that the USA crew had been outsailed by Burling and his five Kiwi team mates, but vowing to come out fighting again on Monday and take one race at a time. "We're in a tough situation now". "They sailed very well and won two races".
Jimmy Spithill dodges a question about Peter Burling, opting to talk about Team NZ instead.
Burling, 26, was at the helm for NZL Sailing Team alongside trimmer Blair Tuke when they won the Red Bull Youth Americas Cup four years ago. Now Burling could become the youngest helmsman to hoist sailing's greatest prize. "Pete, Lenny (skipper Glenn Ashby) and the boys do a fantastic job of getting the boat round the course".
Underfunded Team New Zealand nearly folded after the 2013 debacle, but has bounced back with a remarkably fast boat design that includes a radical cycling grinding system, and spot on crew maneuvers.
"We talked a lot yesterday about how we had a lot of things we wanted to learn and improve on and today's no different", said Burling.
Team New Zealand first won the America's Cup in 1995 when Coutts - now the CEO of Oracle Team USA - skippered a five-race sweep of Conner off San Diego.
"That was exactly what the boys needed. we've had a good improvement on our boat speed today and I think another step tomorrow would be great", U.S. skipper Jimmy Spithill said.
That's all Burling needed to put his cat ahead for good. Teammates Andy Maloney, second from right, and Josh Junior, right, look on.
Team New Zealand's dominance so far saw Team USA's Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill offer to stand down.
Increasingly impressive young Team New Zealand helmsman and regatta rookie Burling executed a textbook manoeuvre against his vastly more experienced Oracle counterpart in race two on day four of the Cup match in Bermuda on Sunday (Monday NZ time).
Picton-product Sullivan also gave a great insight into just how much power the Team New Zealand catamaran can produce.
England's Princess Anne, center, gestures after the eighth race of America's Cup sailing competition between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda.