We're about 15 minutes away from a scheduled start. The last reported wind speed was a couple of knots below the limit so, for now, we should be racing.
Well, that wind check certainly bodes well for getting a start away. The limit for the first race is 24.7 knots.
Team NZ will enter the startbox from starboard. Stats show port isn't quite the advantage it's being made out to be but it seems to be more of an advantage in stronger winds because they leeward boat tends to get to the first mark first. And that is crucial
Hi Trev. Yes, but apparently only 40,000
The winds are on the limit for the day but at this stage we will start on time
This is the 18th day of the regatta - the longest in history. Will it be the last?
Five minutes from a start. And it's looking like it will happen.
Right now the wind is 18 knots. The forecast is for 24 knots later in the day. A flood tide means the water is reasonably flat
We're inside three minutes until the start. Both boats are heading towards the startbox now.
Two minutes to the start as Oracle enter the startbox at the port side.
Oracle hitting 36 knots as they hit the startbox
The breeze is well and truly up and we should be in store for some fast racing.
60 seconds to start as the boats begin jostling for position.
Barker is tacking away which puts NZ in the windward position
Team NZ come up beside Oracle and get in front. Aggressive move
30 seconds to the start as Oracle lingering behind Team NZ currently.
Team NZ in front as the boats get close to the line. 10 seconds.
They are close to the line. Not moving very slowly