Racing underway for Team New Zealand

There was damage to the boat's hull as layers of carbon could be seen peeling away throughout the race. "So I can be proud of our team, and where we have come from and the potential we have to move forwards, this is hugely positive for the team". It's been documented that we've struggled with straight line speed in some of the practice races and that is something we are working really hard to rectify.

This year, Ainslie has his own team, while the USA are still led by Australian Jimmy Spithill, the man many believe was usurped by the Brit in 2013. "Maybe they were still in a bit of shock when we started racing but the way they regrouped and got back into things was fantastic".

"Ben has apologized", Barker said.

Below is all you need to know to watch the action on Monday.

Team Japan skipper Dean Barker reveals how the collision with Team BAR all happened in "slow motion".

"It was a pretty hairy moment at the time, seeing the leeward hull landing on our boat".

Their only lapse so far has come against cupholders Oracle Team USA, who suffered their first loss to Sweden today.

"We are approaching this to win, that's our goal", said Spithill.

The British team, Land Rover BAR, are led by Ainslie, who was part of Oracle Team USA when they won the cup in sensational fashion in 2013.

Crews representing Britain, France, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden are seeking to win the right to challenge Oracle Team USA for the America's Cup, the oldest trophy in global sport, in the crystal blue waters of Bermuda's Great Sound.

It was one of the most exciting America's Cup races in years.

"Going into this competition, I think a lot of seasoned observers had written us off, saying that we didn't have a chance".

"However, I'm extremely proud of the way the whole team regrouped from that defeat and fixed everything in an nearly ideal race against Oracle Team USA".

With SoftBank Team Japan leading, Artemis Racing came from behind and the boats pulled side-by-side.

"It proved a very tiring first day of racing", said Outteridge.

Artemis will face Ainslie's Land Rover BAR in the third race scheduled. We've got the talent and the determination and there are still five points available - this is a long way from over.

"There's a couple of bruises", SoftBank Team Japan's tactician Chris Draper said when asked in a television interview about the incident.

Following the press conference, Oracle Team USA took to the Great Sound race course area for a final tune up run in top-end conditions over 20-knots.

"Luckily we did because when we got back to the dock she was on her way down".

There was much excitement in the America's Cup Village before the two teams faced off and they certainly didn't disappoint as what ensued was a race full of drama and excitement in a great advert for the America's Cup.

"Having lost it late on was a little frustrating but I'm really happy with our first day on the water".

  • Zachary Reyes