The wind conditions on Day 13 would again play a role in the race. The start was postponed but when it did begin there was a distinct difference between the two boats. ETNZ, expecting light winds, started with their Code Zero hoisted, but furled, while Oracle sailed with their longer bowsprit but didn’t hoist the big sail. This meant New Zealand was sailing with a bit of extra drag.
After crossing the starting line OTUSA-17 was the first boat up on its foils and the Americans quickly accelerated to Mark 1. After the rounding New Zealand deployed its Code Zero but it didn’t seem to make any difference as Oracle continued to pull away. The Americans were actually able to foil without the Code Zero while ETNZ seemed to have trouble getting their starboard hull out of the water even with the extra sail area.