Join us here for live coverage of the first two races of the America's Cup, with Team New Zealand challenging Oracle in San Francisco.
Hello and welcome to nzherald.co.nz's live coverage of the first two races in the America's Cup.
Team New Zealand are all set to challenge Oracle for the Auld Mug, with the revealing first race set to start in 10 minutes.
After all the build-up - the Louis Vuitton Cup, the cheating scandal, the subsequent punishments - we're finally set for some real racing.
The first race should be telling, as we will finally find out which boat is fastest.
Oracle, of course, have to come back from the two points they lost as a result of the jury decision over the cheating saga, meaning even if they win both races today, it will be nil-all.
Race one is only moments away, with race two set for 9.10am NZT.
It's a sunny 17 degrees is San Francisco this morning, with relatively light breeze meanign we should get both races in.
Both boats are heading towards the starting zone now, with both skippers set full into the pre-race process.
Just a couple of minutes away now...
Team NZ coming in from the port end of the start zone, and the race is underway in earnest.
Both boats are already pushing 38 knots.
Only a two-minute entry as Team NZ tacks to the left and Oracle heads the other way.
Inside a minute until the official start.
Team NZ on the right o Oracle with 10 seconds to go as the boats head to the start line.
They're relatively level as they cross the start line and we're underway in the America's Cup.
Team NZ are edging forwards as we head to mark one. And they're ahead around the mark.
Team NZ the fastest boat right now.
But there's not much in it.
Team NZ gybe off the port and Oracle stay straight.
Oracle are now gybing but they're well back from Team NZ as we head to mark two.
Team NZ do have the speed - Barker and co will be thrilled with how this has started.
Oracle are right near the left edge of the boundary, with a distance of about 74 metres between the boats.
There's not much in it and whoever leads at the bottom mark will be in a strong position.
Team NZ gybe and they're heading back towards Oracle now. They're just in front a the boats cross paths.