Update: 8:18AM TWO penalties on the start effectively stalled Team New Zealand's race for the America's Cup this morning.
The shocking start left the Kiwis dead in the water and Oracle flying off into the distance.
In high winds on San Francisco Bay there wasn't much between the boats around the rest of the course, but Team New Zealand couldn't eat into the lead.
Boss Grant Dalton was back on board Aotearoa to try to stop the rot and get the job done as weather concerns swirled around the America's Cup again.
Dalton has been absent for the last five races, all lost by his team has Oracle have charged back into the final, cutting Team New Zealand's lead to 8-6.
But he resumed his grinder's role from the luckless Winston Macfarlane for the first race today, to no effect.
A second race is possible after high winds earlier in the day eased slightly.Team New Zealand need to win one more race to claim the Cup and Oracle need to win the two remaining races to hold on to the Auld Mug.
The Kiwis will want to get that win today or the seemingly never-ending final, now into day 18, could go even deeper into the week.
The forecast is for "fresh" winds, putting a question mark over the second race although a flood tide does extend the allowable winds beyond the 23 knot limit to 24.7 and 24.1 for today's races.
Regatta director Iain Murray described tomorrow's forecast as "fresh to frightening" and then a problem wind direction could affect the next day.
Already there have been nine scheduled races wiped out by weather problems and another by Oracle using their postponement card.
Murray admitted "concerns" for today's second race.
Anticipating this problem last night, he contacted the teams about trying to move racing forward when the winds are expected to be lighter "to open up the operating window".
But he couldn't get mutual agreement from them to alter the schedule so they are at the mercy of the weather again.
"We are concerned about getting the second race in because of the wind limits," said regatta director Iain Murray. "We are hoping the crews have brushed up on sailing these boats in the wind.
"This is potentially the most wind we have seen; the winds recently have been light and dozy. I hope they are brushing up on their reaction times and everything else."
Team New Zealand said they were up for that challenge.
"It's a bit more like a round the world race today," Dalton said at the morning dock-out show when asked about the top-end wind conditions on offer today.
"It can turn bad really easily ... you have to manage the boat around the course, especially at the top end with the bearaways.
"You have to look after the boat or you'll crash."