Bertrand Pace and Cameron Appleton, both sailing for Team New Zealand scored four wins and one loss (4-1) on the opening day.
After a nearly three hour delay due to a lack of wind in Auckland's Viaduct Basin, the Steinlager Line 7 Cup, the fourth event on the Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing Tour, got off to an exciting start. The day was marked by very close racing and taut matches under partly cloudy skies.
Joining the Team NZ boys on four wins and one loss were native New Zealanders Chris Dickson, now sailing for the Oracle Racing Team, and Gavin Brady, now sailing for the Prada Challenge. Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker, finished the day at three wins and one losses (3-1).
Swedish Match Tour championship points leader Magnus Holmberg, sailing for Team StoraEnso, finished the day at three wins and two losses.