The international media say Jimmy Spithill and Oracle are in trouble.

Team New Zealand's emphatic wins in the two opening races of the America's Cup final in Bermuda has made the global sailing press sit up and take notice.

The Daily Telegraph reflected the tone which suggests Oracle will be hard pressed to replicate their incredible San Francisco feats.

The Telegraph's sailing expert Miles Dilworth noted Team NZ's "dominance".

Advertisement

"The emphatic nature of their victories, by 30 seconds and 1 minute 28 seconds respectively, will have sent shockwaves through the American camp," wrote Dilworth who added Oracle looked "a little ring-rusty after two weeks without competitive racing".

Bermuda's chief newspaper The Royal Gazette was also fulsome in its praise of the Kiwis.

"The Kiwis came out firing on all cylinders, winning both starts and leading their rivals around every mark to take a 1-0 lead in the first-to-seven series," wrote the paper's sailing correspondent Colin Thompson.

But others reminded readers that the Americans had overturned an 8-1 deficit to prevail 9-8 in the previous instalment of the America's Cup in 2013.