And Oracle take their sixth straight victory.
This race was won and lost at the start. Team NZ tried to be aggressive to grab the leeward position but were too close to the start line and had to slow down. This allowed Oracle to sneak underneath and push Team NZ higher. Thetwo boats touched the Team NZ were slapped with two penalties. Race over. It's now 8-7
Team NZ lead 8-7 on the scoreboard but Oracle now lead 9-8 on the water.
A second race is scheduled for 9.15am (NZT) today but we will have to check the wind limits. Team NZ will have port entry
Those two docked points are now proving costly. We didn't think that at 8-1
If the second race is postponed, we will have port entry for the first race tomorrow. That is rotated each day
Spithill on the start: "We just saw an opportunity there. At night we think about these starts. It was a physical race and theboys really dug in."
Spithill on the boat: "She's all good."
"We've just being doing a lot of work at night. Our design and engineer team have been putting in a lot of work. But they've been rewarded - the boat is getting faster and faster and tere's a lot of belief on board."
Spithill message to people: "We're not going to stop. We are going to go to the end. We really want this."
Barker on start: "It was an absolute shocker. We tried to make a bit of a play to mix it up a bit but got ourselves in a really bad spot. It was a bad option."
Barker on start: "We had to try drag it off the lay line and we tried to squash them down below it. The problem for us was we were way too early and killing way too much time."
Barker on boat speed: "I think considering the amount we gave up at the start to be as close at the finish gives us a lot of confidence."
Barker as possibly playing postponement: "Nah, we're out here to race and, if the conditions are suitable, we're into it."