Bermuda – Oracle Team USA opened its quest for a three-peat in the America’s Cup with a win over Groupama Team France on Saturday afternoon in Bermuda.
In picture perfect conditions, skipper Jimmy Spithill won the first start of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers with a timed run to the starting line.
Hitting the line at speed, Spithill and crew extended into a clear lead on the first leg of the race course and led the rest of the way around.
The final finishing delta was 2:11 to the American defender.
The race crew on board for race one was:
Skipper / Helmsman — Jimmy Spithill
Wing Trimmer — Kyle Langford
Tactician / Grinder — Tom Slingsby
Grinder — Cooper Dressler
Grinder — Kinley Fowler
Grinder — Ky Hurst
Oracle Team USA is scheduled to race Emirates Team New Zealand later on Saturday at 16:05 local time / 15:05 ET.