Sir David Ainslie got off to a winning start in the America's Cup
Sir Ben Ainslie's crew made a strong statement in their pursuit of the America's Cup today in their first race.
After organisers were forced to postpone the opening day due to high winds yesterday, Land Rover BAR eventually began their pursuit for the Auld Mug.
Swedish outfit Artemis Racing were the form horse in the practice rounds and proved a stern test for Team BAR.
But Ainslie's boat got off to a flying start and led from the off to win by 11 seconds.
Giles Scott was delighted with the win over Sweden
And Team BAR's grinder Giles Scott admits they fuelled their frustration from the practice rounds to inspire the win over Artemis.
"We're pretty stoked on board here at the minute," Scott said..
"It's been well documented that we've been struggling in the practice racing and to be able to come out on the first race when it actually counts and put a good race like that in against such a strong team such as Artemis is great for us.
But attention will swiftly turn to the damage to the port hull which could force them to take tomorrow off.
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There was a lot of frustration that came out of us boys here today and it's just great that we were able to dig in
"There was a lot of frustration that came out of us boys here today and it's just great that we were able to dig in and come out with a victory in such a great race."
There was high drama in Team BAR's second race of the day against Japan though.
Both boats collided as they approached the start line with BAR's hull going over the top of the Japan hull.
The Brit's clearly took on more damage from the collision and were given an early penalty that proved disastrous as they went on to lose by 48 seconds.
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Full results from day one
Race 1: Oracle Team USA beat Groupama Team France by 2 mins and 11 secs
Race 2: Artemis Racing beat Softbank Team Japan by 13 secs
Race 3: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Groupama Team France by 2 mins and 33 secs
Race 4: Land Rover BAR beat Artemis Racing by 11 seconds
Race 5: Oracle Team USA beat Emirates Team New Zealand by six seconds
Race 6: Softbank Team Japan beat Land Rover BAR by 48 sec
Standings after day one
Land Rover BAR 3
Oracle Team USA 3
Artemis Racing 1
Emirates Team New Zealand 1
Softbank Team Japan 1
Groupama Team France 0