Of the eight boats, seven are F-18s, one is a foiling Nacra carbon 20.
Breeze is easterly, around 8-10 knots at the start, forecast to build to mid-teens towards the end of the day.
After a beautiful downwind start, the boats rocketed out of Newport, blasting up the bay on a spinnaker reach.
First casualty was Mike Easton and Eric Witte (ITA 77), spinnaker down north of the Newport Bridge. They're ashore on Gould Island to make repairs.
The rest of the fleet is heading to the North end of Jamestown.