16:07. Larry Ellison's wing-sailed wonder BMW Oracle Racing trimaran demolished the perception that archrival Ernesto Bertarelli's Swiss catamaran Alinghi would be the faster boat in light winds. Skipper James Spithill overcame a mistake at the start that left the American tri stalled dead in the water. BMW Oracle Racing sailed 1 knot faster and 3 to 4 degrees higher to overcome a 660-meter deficit within 10 minutes of the start. Bertarelli, at the helm of Alinghi, had no answer. While the Swiss cat kept dipping her weather hull, the BMW Oracle crew consistently kept both outer and center hulls clear. The trimaran rounded the windward mark, 20 miles upwind of the start, 3 minutes, 21 seconds ahead of Alinghi-a time that translated into a massive 2,140 meters distance between them. BMW Oracle seemingly took command within a minute of the prestart. Entering on starboard, James Spithill caught Alinghi dead in the water as the Swiss made a failed attempt to tack ahead of BMW Oracle. Their protest flag drew a penalty. Game set and match? Not quite. Spithill kept the Swiss pinned up into wind but one minute before the start, got caught by a sudden luffing move on the part of Alinghi. BMW Oracle was caught in irons, her huge 223-foot-high wing sail totally stalled. The Swiss bore away, rounded the pin end of the line and set off on starboard. It was another 1 minute, 21 seconds before Spithill and his crew had regained their composure. We had a boat race-or, at least, thought we did. But any hopes Bertarelli had of recovering that prestart penalty were quickly dashed. The American trimaran could not only point higher but foot faster. The Swiss defender had no better answer downwind. Despite being an estimated two tons lighter, Alinghi was sailing consistently 3 to 4 knots slower than her American rival, which could also sail an impressive 5 degrees deeper. Within an hour of rounding the weather mark, BMW Oracle's lead had extended to more than 3,500 meters-1.89 nautical miles. USA crossed the finish at 16:07-15 minutes, 28 seconds ahead of Alinghi. That's a horizon job in any language! The second, and perhaps last race to decide this contentious 33rd America's Cup is slated for 09:06 on Sunday.