EmiratesTeam New Zealand Skipper Glenn Ashby was quick to highlight they had plenty to improve and work on over the next 10 days if the team are to be ultimately successful.
Skipper and helmsman Jimmy Spithill for Oracle Team USA, right, gestures as he stands with Peter Burling, helmsman for Emirates Team New Zealand, left, alongside the America's Cup trophy, known as the "Auld Mug", before a news.
But the light winds also made for very tricky conditions which produced a heart-stopping moment for the Kiwis when they ran out of breeze and sank off the foils with the finish in sight.
ORACLE TEAM USA is looking to win its third consecutive America's Cup, a feat last achieved by the same team in the 1930s.
Having started the day on minus one, Emirates Team New Zealand are one up in the first to seven series.
Spithill's Oracle team now face an uphill battle to win the 35th edition of the competition, where the trophy is earned by the first team to reach seven points.
The teams have a five-day break before racing resumes next Saturday and Sunday.
"Their acceleration was pretty impressive on the line".
"We're obviously disappointed with what was a tough day, but the deficit is only one point so we we're not panicking", said a defiant Spithill after day one of racing.
Oracle does have history on its side.
The 37-year-old Australian skipper of Oracle Team USA will take on all comers, whether it's from behind the wheel of his fast catamaran in the America's Cup, in a boxing ring or via lethal mind games at news conferences.
Coutts has been the CEO of Oracle Team USA since it beat Alinghi in 2010.
Boats compete in the America's Cup J Class Regatta June 15, 2017 in Hamilton.
"We need to go back and use those days wisely".
The challengers, who won both races on the opening day of action on Saturday, were again in control on the sparkling waters of Bermuda's Great Sound.
"We sailed better today but we also made a lot of mistakes and we are a long way from where we want to be", says Burling.
"We've proved we can win races against these guys". Out teams really hungry to keep learning, keep moving forward, keep improving. The one-design elements narrow the range for major change, and teams are limited in the number of all-important foils they can make.
The Aussie said the crew needed to up its game for the next races.
The kiwi on a bike is a reference to Team New Zealand's innovative grinding system in which it has replaced traditional coffee-grinder winches with stationary bikes to tap the grinders' leg power instead of arm power. Simon van Velthooven, who won a bronze medal in track cycling at the London Olympics, was aboard for Race 3.
Races 3 and 4 are scheduled Sunday.
"We're excited about the next five days, and we'll keeping on pushing the performance...it's a lot harder for them if we keep doing that".
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