Choke on the water? Surely not this time . . .

No, we are not, repeat NOT getting ahead of ourselves.

And yes, we are still the America's Cup underdogs; we readily concede that.

But surely it's OK to get just a little excited, especially after yesterday's dream two-zip start to the cup finals in Bermuda. Is it not?

Jimmy Spithill, the Oracle skipper who broke more than four million Kiwi hearts in San Francisco back in 2013 (no, we have not forgotten), put on a brave face yesterday after Emirates Team New Zealand dished up two resounding wins, by 30secs and 1min 28secs.

Even to the untrained eye, it seemed our big cat was much the faster boat in the light, albeit tricky, winds, but Spithill claimed it was much too soon to draw conclusions on boat speed.

Well, maybe, maybe not.

And while other observers said the two wins gave New Zealand a significant psychological boost, Mr Unflappable, helmsman Peter Burling, kept it typically understated: ''It felt like our boat was going really fast, which is really pleasing.''

Because of the weird scoring system, Team NZ only leads 1-0 in the best of 13 series, but will need eight wins to take the cup. Yes, it's complicated.

The forecast for races three and four today are for similar wind conditions to yesterday's.

So, fasten your lifejackets and hold on to your helmets. It's cup fever time again and it could be another wild ride for the next fortnight.

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