Team Dennis Conner and OneWorld were the first pair to start and simply put, OneWorld won the start and the race. In between those two events, however, there was a classic dogfight. OneWorld won the start and the left-hand side of the course. Stars & Stripes had split seconds before the start and went right. Initially, it looked like a clear winner for OneWorld but, thanks to a huge right-hand shift and OneWorld's decision not to cross USA-77 during a meeting halfway up the leg, S&S; got around the weather mark 26 seconds before the Seattle team. On the first downwind leg, S&S; extended and led by 55 seconds at the leeward mark. The wheels fell off for Stars & Stripes during the second weather leg as OneWorld, showing great boatspeed and aggressive tactics, closed the gap to S&S; to about a boatlength-and-a-half. The duo split during the downwind leg and OneWorld went to the (upwind) left side and made out like a bandit, losing one port/starboard exchange at their first meeting, but after being bounced out, coming back with a huge gain and the lead. OneWorld extended on the next leg, lost a bit on the final downwind, but crossed ahead of S&S; by 1m:16s.