Fathers and sons, husbands and wives hit Kiwi waters for two-man sailing race around North Island

The fleet of 25 crews from around the country are taking part in the 40th rendition of the race founded by Sir Peter Blake. Source: 1 NEWS

Kiwi triathlete hoping to finally pip arch rival and endurance legend Cameron Brown at NZ Ironman

Terenzo Bozzone believes his rigorous training schedule may finally give him a chance to upstage the 12-time champion. Source: 1 NEWS


Watch: 'I just kind of froze for a little bit' - the moment Oracle sailor almost sliced in half in high speed terrifying plunge

Oracle Team USA grinder Graeme Spence has come away counting his lucky stars after a near-death experience in the water.

Footage from Oracle's training base in Bermuda shows Spence taking a plunge into the ocean after his boat hits a rough wave, narrowly avoiding being sliced in two by a foil on Wednesday as the boat cuts through the water.

"I just kind of froze for a little bit, before being relieved that I was out the back of the boat," Spence told Oracle's official YouTube channel.

Watch: Team NZ's secret out of the bag! Could 'cycle' grinders be America's Cup game-changer?

1 NEWS today gained exclusive access to see what could provide Team NZ with a critical edge in the America’s Cup.

Whether the innovation will give New Zealand an edge at this year's America’s Cup in Bermuda is yet to be seen. Source: 1 NEWS