That wa a cagey start, which was a bit of an antic-climax after the last few. Team NZ protected the leeward position and it was a case of who got off the line in good speed. Team NZ got tot he first mark first, with Oracle losing a bit of control and nose-diving. They recovered well and there's little in it
Team NZ holding on for now.
Oracle gybe behind Team NZ. And ETNZ follow. The lead just 27m.
There is nothing in it. Oracle are right behind them.
Both boats at the boundary and Oracle are right on their tail. By that, I mean RIGHT ON THEIR TAIL
Again it might come down to the start of the upwind leg. like yesterday.
Great recovery from Oracle after such a poor marking around 1.
Not far from gate two now. This could decide it.
Both teams will be considering their options as they head to the bottom mark. Oracle will hope to achieve separation but that will probably require another gybe
There will be a split upwind.
Oracle head out right and will head off to the cone of Alcatraz for tidal relief. This is where the race will be won and lost
Team NZ round mark 2. Oracle just three seconds behind. This is where oracle passed yesterday.
Oracle hold a 60m lead now.
Team NZ tack to get into phase with Oracle
Team USA tack back across the course.
Team NZ seem to be up on their foils. Oracle head back to engage
Will they lead at the cross?
Team NZ lead at the cross. A poor tack by Oracle.
Team NZ have starboard advantage which forces Oracle to dip underneath
Team NZ head out to the city front. This is different
Team NZ head towards the port boundary before tacking back towards middle of course.
They head back now as they get close to the boundary. This is nerve-wracking stuff
Oracle tack which will see another cross.
Oracle leading at the cross.
ETNZ will have to dip and give up the lead.
Oracle go over the top of ETNZ and take the lead.
They extend their lead to 80m.
Oracle have starboard advantage and are in front of Team NZ. Team NZ will at least have starboard advantage if they can somehow find some speed
Oracle tack from the port boundary.
Get ready for another cross as ETNZ tack.
Can ETNZ regain the lead?
Oracle have the lead, even though they came from the port (left) side