Oracle get their first and a protest.
Penalty against Team NZ. They must slow down. A big blow.
Meanwhile USA cruise away.
Team New Zealand slow down enough to complete the penalty and race off again.
Team USA in the lead can Team NZ make up the gap?
It was a close call around that first mark. Boats almost touched which saw NZ penalised.
Team USA lead by 170 metres as they head to the bottom mark.
Not much difference in speeds today. So if New Zealand are to make a move it will have to be upwind.
Oracle head for the left hand gate at mark 2.
Team NZ head around the right hand gate.
17.5 seconds is the gap and we have a split. Oracle on one side of the course, while Team NZ head to the other.
And both boats tack towards each other. This upwind leg is vital.
New Zealand still around 125m behind.
The more they tact the more it might help Team NZ as that is where their slicker teamwork will come into play. But it's a handy lead for Oracle at the moment.
Both boats head towards the shortline boundary and NZ have closed the gap. Boats are side by side.
New Zealand have starboard advantage as the boats tact towards each other. Will NZ hold on for the lead?
New Zealand take the lead. As the boats meet again. But NZ forced to tack away. Oracle might have it again.
Exciting stuff. Bad mistake by Oracle as they tack.
Team NZ go very close to the boundary.
Team NZ come over the top of Oracle and eye to bottom mark.
Team NZ hold the lead heading toward mark 3 after being trailing at the last mark by 15 seconds.
The teams will tack once again before making their approaches to mark 3.