"What do you want me to say?" answered the beleaguered skipper. "Did you watch it? Then you know the answer. Today [BMW Oracle Racing] certainly showed how fast they can get their boat going. They could not have come off the line in a worse position and they ended up in a very strong position. When you are sitting in front of them and they sail up and around you, that is speed!" Today, Bertarelli and key Alinghi team members are locked away looking for any sort of comeback strategy before tomorrow's second, perhaps deciding race in this best-of-three match for yachting's most prestigious prize. Rolf Vrolijk, the head of their design team admitted: "Yes, we were surprised by their performance. We didn't expect it, of course. We now have to look at our options to reconfigure our catamaran and find some more speed." Bertarelli added: "Well, we won't be building a wing mast overnight, that's for sure. But we still have a few tools in the box. We will sit down and work out our best options." There was no crowing within the BMW Oracle camp, despite yesterday's emphatic win. Australian James Spithill, BMW Oracle Racing's skipper, said after Race 1: "We probably learned more today than in a month of sailing. This was one of the hardest day's sailing I've ever had. It was very puffy and shifty. These were very difficult conditions. We pushed the boat harder than we have ever done before. I'm surprised how well we did downwind and we learned a lot about the crossover point between the two boats today."