Both boats getting up to 30 kts ahead of the start. Don't think time limit will be an issue today.
4 minutes from race start. Oracle will enter in two minutes. Team NZ 10 seconds later
Team NZ reach 38 kts. Oracle were up to 37.
Now the cat and mouse of prerace begins.
Oracle tack around to face the start line. Barker tacks as well to sit behind Oracle.
Oracle in a good position. Team NZ just sitting behind waiting.
Oracle have windward. Team NZ on the outside.
Oracle have the advantage. Team NZ don't have enough speed to roll over the top.
Spithill sending Team NZ wide again.
The bows come down on Oracle, still holding Team NZ wide.
Both very close to the boundary.
They finally round mark 1. So aggressive move there by Oracle, holding Team NZ for a while.
Finally they head off on the first downwind leg.
Oracle with a little bit more speed and lead by 108m.
Oracle hit 30 kts. Team NZ about 28.5kts.
Team NZ gybe and Oracle match.
So again Team NZ start from behind. Tactics or solid technique will be vital here.
Oracle extend their lead. "really nice mode" says Spithill.
Oracle lead now up to 164m.
Both boats head towards the port boundary. Team NZ gybe and Oracle follow.
Oracle lead now at 194. A good gybe by Oracle there.
They are about halfway up this downwind leg. All eyes on Team NZ now. Will they look for a split for the upwind leg?
Oracle lead remains at around 200m as both boats near the Alcatraz boundary. Team NZ gybe and Oracle match.
Another slight gain for Oracle on that gybe.
Oracle doing a nice job in the lead. Speed up to 34 kts. Team NZ at 33.