In the first race, Ben Ainslie and the Land Rover BAR crew led the fleet out of the gate. Artemis racing got the lead as they rounded the second mark in first place, sparring with Emirates Team New Zealand on the downwind. As ETNZ took the lead, LandRoverBAR suffered a penalty. The shifty winds on the Hudson proved challenging as EmiratesTeamNZ, ArtemisRacing and LandRoverBAR were neck and neck down the course. ArtemisRacing made the right call toward Gate 4, taking the lead, and held on to win Race 1 in spite of the shifty breeze.