Oracle protest, claiming starboard rights
And we have a lead change. Oracle with much better speed right now.
And ETNZ have been given a penalty.
Team NZ penalised. They will need to slow down but the penalty is already completed
The two boats converged but Oracle had the crucial starboard advantage (the wind was coming from their right). They had to dip to avoid Team NZ and then protested. Team NZ were handed a penalty and forced to slow down
And Oracle have established a decent lead as we head towards gate two.
Oracle are around the second mark just in front.
Team NZ round the opposite side of the gate.
We are heading into the upwind leg, which is the crucial leg. Team NZ made a couple of gybes heading to the top to achieve separation but they lost a lot of speed. That handed Oracle a bit gain
Oracle's lead currently over 100m as Team NZ head off to the separate side of the course.
Oracle's lead grows to 130m.
Now up above 200m with much better boat speed.
Oracle are sailing a few knots faster and their advantage continues to grow.
350m now with Oracle at 24 knots.
400m and growing. ETNZ still at about 21 knots.
Team NZ starting to pull closer as Oracle tack to the left.
Their lead is now down below 300m.
250m advantage now with both boats heading towards the city side of the course.
Team NZ lost ground with two mistakes, one that saw them handed a penalty and then another when they gybed twice at the bottom mark. Big gains can at least be made in lighter winds
Oracle's lead is now about 200m.
The tide is pushing the boats to the top mark so they are going faster
They're pushing the boat speed up near 30 knots and their lead begins to grow again.
The boats are about halfway up the upwind leg
Oracle about 300m ahead now, sailing a couple of knots quicker.
Oracle tacking to the left as Team NZ start pulling in the deficit.
Oracle's lead about 200m as Team NZ hold their line.
Team NZ have closed things up but the boats are in phase and Team NZ will struggle to live where they are
Heading up towards the third gate and Oracle are currently edging the tacking duel.