Oracle Team USA got off to a flying start on the first day of the America's Cup in Bermuda, comfortably beating Groupama Team France and then coming from behind in their second race with a narrow victory over arch rival Emirates Team New Zealand.
They delivered the first of two thumpings handed out to Groupama Team France before taking on New Zealand in a rematch of the 2013 America's Cup - when the United States outfit won eight straight races to seal one of the biggest comeback triumphs in sport.
For the first time, the defenders have been allowed to contest the challenger series as part of their build-up and Oracle showed they were already on the money.
Oracle pulled into a 3-3 tie for the standings lead with Britain's Land Rover BAR, which opened with two bonus points based on preliminary regattas.
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Should Land Rover BAR navigate their way through to the America's Cup showdown, which starts from June 17, their chances of success in Bermuda will rely heavily on the relationship between helmsman Ainslie and Scott.
However the collision will fall outside new rules giving a damaged boat time for repairs, and BAR will get no concessions as it repairs a clearly damaged hull. No one wants that, certainly in our position as we picked up a penalty and the damage.
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It was the third collision for Ainslie this spring.
By contrast to their opponents, Emirates Team New Zealand sailed a smooth race, staying on their foils through most of their journey to eventually prevail by two minutes 33 seconds.
Three years later he was at the helm when the US came back from 8-1 down to beat Team New Zealand in the best-of-17 series.
"It's good to have our first race under our belts", said TNZ skipper Glenn Ashby, the only survivor from the ill-fated 2013 challenge in San Francisco.
The victor will then face Oracle, who are racing in the preliminaries, but whose place in the final, due to start around the middle of June, is assured as the defending champions.
'We saw in the last Cup just how quickly the competition can change, we know all of the teams will be developing their race boats throughout the Cup - so are we - and we are pushing incredibly hard to be up there and be super-fast.