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New Zealand team takes opening race in America's Cup

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(Globalpost/GlobalPost)

Emirates Team New Zealand seized the first race of the America's Cup on Saturday, besting defending champion Oracle Team USA.

New Zealand got the jump at the start and went on to out-maneuver Oracle, proving to be slightly faster on the water.

Both skippers appeared grim-faced early in the opening race, with New Zealand gliding across the start slightly ahead of Oracle.

Oracle grabbed the lead with a bold cross-over in the third leg, until New Zealand took control with a tack of its own.

New Zealand crossed the finish 36 seconds ahead of Oracle, and now lead Oracle by three points, because of a two-point penalty imposed on the holders before the finals began.

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