Oracle try to hook around onto the inside...
Tem NZ protect the leeward side
Oracle have slightly more speed.
Can they roll over the top of ETNZ?
Oracle have rolled Team NZ. Not good
A great start by Spithill, there goes the advantage that Team NZ had.
It was an even start but Oracle accelrated so much faster off the line and got their noses in front to get to the first mark first
Oracle lead now out to 90m.
Oracle gybe and Team NZ follow. A better gybe by Team NZ but they are still 125m behind in bad air.
Both boats raise their code zeros. Expecting lighter air ahead.
Oracle near the boundary and they gybe back towards middle of course.
Code zero is a type of sail, which is a hybrid of a genoa and a spinnaker
Oracle sail into some nice pressure and they increase the lead.
Oracle set to take the lefthand side of mark 2. Team NZ set to follow them instead of causing a split.
Oracle are in phase with Team NZ and both are foiling - just
Oracle lead at 140m as they gybe away.
Team NZ head to the left and Oracle to the right. Can Team NZ find something extra on the other side of the course?
The code zero sail will make life even more difficult for the grinders
Not a great gybe by Oracle. Team NZ cut into the lead.
Down to 75m now but ETNZ must gybe.
It looks like we will be on split tacks as we head to the bottom mark
ETNZ have cut into the lead. Close around mark 2.
ETNZ 13 seconds behind at the mark as they begin the upwind leg.
It's on the upwind leg when Team NZ have tended to go better. They need things to go very well today
So we do have a split. Oracle have the favoured righthand side of the course where they will eye the Alcatraz cone tide.
Both boats are travelling at a tick over 17 knots heading upwind