What an Opening Day for New Zealand in the 35th America’s Cup  presented by Louis Vuitton in Bermuda.

Though they look close, ORACLE is behind and in lighter winds Photo/Ricardo Pinto

ORACLE TEAM USA started out in Race 1 with a penalty and had to move two boat lengths behind Emirates Team New Zealand. What a way to start, Jimmy. He was over the start a fraction of a second too early. And never caught up. Kiwis take the first race.

In race 2 NZ was moving three times the wind speed and executing their maneuvers beautifully. “They really are sailing absolutely perfectly,” commented Nathan Outteridge, Artemis Racing’s helmsman, who joined the NBC sports commentators to provide insights into the races. Kiwis had a 400 m lead, which was taken away as USA got themselves back in the race and were only 30m behind. Then USA went into a gybe poorly, slowed way down and lost their game. NZ wins Race 2.

ORACLE back in the game, though short-lived Photo/Ricardo Pinto

A near perfect day for the Kiwis, which gives them a lot of confidence readying for Day 2 of the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton. ORACLE has some work to do.

NZ had just completed racing during the Finals against Artemis a few days ago, while USA sat on the sidelines during the last few