The USA has delivered a victory for challenger BMW Oracle Racing against two-time defending champion Alinghi of Switzerland in first race of the 33rd America's Cup.
Owned by Silicon Valley maverick Larry Ellison and steered by Australian Jimmy Spithill, the black-and-white USA boat flew over the Mediterranean Sea powered by a223-foot wing sail- bigger than the wing on the world's biggest passenger airliner.
USA recovered from an error at the start to beat the catamaran Alinghi 5 by 10minutes, 5 seconds after a 40-mile windward-leeward race.
BMW Oracle Racing is one win away from bringing the America's Cup back to the United
States for the first time since Dennis Conner lost it to Team New Zealand in 1995.
Here's early highlights from the beginning...
"The difference was the speed of the boats. The solution they have come up with on Oracle is very fast. It's pretty hard to beat them on a day like today," said Brad Butterworth, Alinghi team skipper and tactician.
Race 2 is set for Sunday off the coast of Spain- weather and wind permitting...