Oracle have one of their hulls out of the water now, too. There seems to be a little more wind pressure towards the bottom of the course
The gap between the boats is growing again, out to 450m now.
Yes, the race needs to be over inside 40 minutes otherwise we go back to the startline
Team NZ certainly seem to have the edge in these conditions, perhaps the only concern is the 40-minute time limit.
We're 12 minutes through the race now.
And we still have the upwind leg to come.
Gate two is at last in sight, with Team NZ holding a 500m lead.
The boats still need to go upwind, which accounts for about 40 per cent of the race so it's touch and go whether they finish in time
Team New Zealand's advantage continues to grow. Out to 600m now.
And Team NZ are around mark two.
Oracle still heading towards that mark as ETNZ begins the upwind leg.
The time gap is over a minute.
Team NZ have a massive lead but the boats are struggling in the tacks. Team NZ were down to about 7 knots for their first tack and are sailing at about 15 knots at top speed
Oracle have finally rounded the mark, 1.41 in arrears.
The gap between the boats is still more than 500m.
We're 16 minutes through the race - the clock, not Oracle, is certainly the enemy at the moment.
Oracle are clearly better suited to the stronger winds. The wing is quite different to Team NZ's and it's holding them back at the moment
ETNZ currently at about 16 knots, Oracle at 19. The lead is still in excess of 500m.
Both boths are foiling a little upwind but Team NZ won't take any risks
Team NZ tacks and their speed drops to seven knots during the manoeuvre.
And that clock has just passed 19 minutes.