New Zealand continued to excel in light-wind sailing and again showed superior speed over the USA boat.
New Zealand are trying to expunge the bitter memory of 2013, when they led the United States 8-1 only to fall 9-8 as Oracle mounted one of the great comebacks in sports history in San Francisco.
Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill isn't waiting for the opening race of 35th America's Cup to launch his game of cat-and-mouse with Emirates Team New Zealand. "These are going to be the most important five days of this America's Cup campaign for us, ' said the two-time victor of the America's Cup".
I think we saw just how a couple of times these guys built a healthy lead, and in the blink of an eye its back on again, Spithill said.
He's part of the massive Team New Zealand overhaul that followed that crushing reversal.
Although they've won the first four races, the Kiwis lead Oracle 3-0. Emirates Team New Zealand faces Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup sailing match starting June.
But Emirates Team New Zealand's young helmsman Peter Burling was as phlegmatic as ever on the eve of the Cup.
"The guys on the boat know each other really well and it just feels like we are getting tighter and tighter as a group and performing better and better the more pressure we get put under", he said.
There are five days until the concluding races on the Great Sound, and Spithill admits they have their work cut out.
Much more is at stake than who wins the "Auld Mug", the world's oldest worldwide sporting trophy, as the final of the competition gets underway in Bermuda's Great Sound on Saturday.
No one is ruling out another miraculous comeback from Oracle Team USA but the worldwide sailing media are united in the opinion that there will be "no silver bullet".
Well-funded Team USA - Ellison is worth an estimated $US55 billion - has five days to come up with some answers to try to counter the spot-on design innovations by the Kiwis, who almost folded after their epic collapse in the 2013 America's Cup on San Francisco Bay. "We felt we really improved a lot on yesterday".
Oracle was still figuring out its boat, and following the infamous "day off" allowed by Team New Zealand, came back with a new tactician in Ben Ainslie and a new mojo.
Race Two: Emirates Team New Zealand beat ORACLE TEAM USA by 1 minute and 28 seconds.
The most pleasing aspect for the Kiwis was the speed of their boat in the light conditions of seven to ten knots, Aotearoa New Zealand consistently quicker than the Americans. They have also made the right choices on which foils to use on the ends of their daggerboards.
Extraordinarily, when I asked him how the team out in front knew where to look for further improvement, the 26-year-old Olympic world champion and gold medallist cited his own past experience with Olympic and Team NZ sailing partner Blair Tuke.