In the best race of the regatta, with the wind still hovering at 11 knots, Oracle showed that the changes they’d made were indeed significant. The American boat took the start and held on for the first three of seven legs, effectively maintaining control of the New Zealanders in classic match-racing form. But they weren’t flawless, allowing Emirates Team New Zealand to slip ahead at the fourth mark by sailing a slightly longer distance on the downwind leg with an additional jibe. For once, however, their mistake wasn’t fatal, as Oracle Team USA found better breeze on the left-hand side of the course to recapture the lead. Once they regained it, they did not relinquish it, holding off the Kiwi’s to record their first win of the event.