INEOS Team UK have held off a fast charging Luna Rossa to win both their races on day one of the Prada Cup.
An early mistake from Luna Rossa skipper Jimmy Spithill at the start gave the Brits the lead in their second race and they never looked back.
Much like race one, in which Team UK beat American Magic, they extended their lead at each gate on Auckland's Waitematā Harbour.
It was a messy race by the Italians who touched down at the top mark, twice losing valuable time which they couldn’t get back.
Team UK crossed the finishline ahead of the Italians by 28 seconds.
Racing begins tomorrow at 3.15pm with Luna Rossa facing off against American Magic in round robin 2.
The winner of the Prada Cup will challenge Team New Zealand for the America's Cup in March.