The boats enter the prestart.
Oracle enter first followed by Dean Barker and Team NZ. Ray Davies thought for a sec NZ had a shot at port but the gap closed quickly.
30 seconds to start. Oracle in control.
Oracle will win the start again as Team NZ sit behind at the start line.
So Oracle in the lead from the start and Team NZ stuck in bad air.
Oracle increasing their lead. Five knots difference with NZ in bad air.
Oracle with a nice lead around mark one.
The lead is already around 120m.
Into the first gybe. Nice work by Team NZ and not as great by Oracle.
Gap closed by 50m just on those gybes.
So a great start by Oracle but a poor first gybe opens the door slightly for Team NZ as they head to the boundary.
In the lighter winds, the team work is more crucial. Team NZ set up to gybe and Oracle match.
Team NZ have foil-gybed twice, Oracle yet to do so.
Oracle remain in the lead by 75m.
Team NZ setting up to gybe again.
The boats head to different sections of the course. Team NZ on the left and Oracle on the right.
When Team NZ head back they will have the right of way. Will they have enough speed to take advantage?
Doesn't look like it. Oracle gain.
A better gybe by Oracle there.
Oracle set up for the lefthand mark at the bottom gate. Team NZ looking at the right, so we'll probably have a split on the upwind leg. That didn't work for Team NZ in their only defeat on the regatta.
So now the crucial upwind leg begins. Different conditions with lighter winds today though.
Team NZ head towards Alcatraz.
'Chance of a piece," says Barker. he thinks they could get over the top of Oracle.
The two boats cross each other and it was less than a metre between them.