Episode 10 Sailing: America's Cup


Episode 10

Highlights from the America's Cup from San Francisco Bay. First contested in 1851, the event boasts the oldest trophy in international sport.


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Competition Competitions capture the imagination. It is the fanciful idea

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of the underdog snatching victory from the favourite. #8 After two

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weeks of racing Emirates Team New Zealand are anchored on a match

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point. They sail into a huge lead. The Kiwis now just... Despite

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trailing, Oracle Team USA were confident they could pull off a

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comeback. The Americans will come to the line and they will extend this

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series. Oracle Team US gets the win in race 12. From the start we were

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off the post. It is like we get the best out of our people when they are

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under that sort of pressure. Say they a week is a long time in

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politics. Try sailing! Bad luck and weather have conspired against Dean

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Barker and his crew. Their commanding lead has slowly eroded.

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This is the third race now that we have been in the race and haven't

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won. We can easily get this done. It is just a case of going out there

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again and racing hard. Now with the finishing line in sight, it is an

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intriguing match play situation - it is anybody's game. Thanks largely to

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intriguing match play situation - it a rejuvenated American crew.

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It is full throttle for us. We don't have an option. The boys are almost

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- it sounds crazy - but they are almost excited. One American defeat

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and this 34th America's Cup will be heading to New Zealand.

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??FORCEWHITE It is becoming the longest America's Cup regatta in

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history. San Francisco Bay has produced everything oh ea stunning

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background, poor weather conditions and on Sunday there was talk of

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stopping the race for a whale I is proving to be a frustrating time for

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both teams. The Americans are desperate to keep their winning

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momentum going, whereas the Kiwis and their fans have been on stand by

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to celebrate for almost a week. Dean Barker desperately trying to grind

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out a win to satisfy the four-and-a-half million sailing

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fanatics back home. Their decade-long march to return the cup

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to Auckland has faltered with the finishing line in sight. It may have

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been a blessing in disguise for us as a chance to re-group after the

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disappointment of the day before. So upbeat, so excited to be out there

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sailing. We couldn't be happier to be here racing in these conditions.

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We are looking forward to today. The Americans are hours in the boat

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shed every night, fine tuning their boat. It is paying off. The team is

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quicker. The team transformed. Today is obviously another big day

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for the cup. We have been up against it for the past few days. We have

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managed to hang in there. We are enjoying the challenge of stopping

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the Kiwis from winning it. The more wins we can take off them, the more

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pressure it puts on them. We are really enjoying taking one race at a

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time and focussing on that one race to get each point we can.

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The America's Cup is entering unchartered waters. No-one thought

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it would take this long. But its development has chaptered

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the imagination of everybody. Despite it favouring the Kiwis,

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there is debate over who will win. For the 14th race in this great

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story, there are no real weather problems, despite the clouds, let's

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cross to our commentators. It is good out here. Good current,

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good wind speed. Here is the problem, however - the fog keeps

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coming in and out, which will make it difficult to read the wind on the

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water, putting a premium on the tacticians, Ben Ainslie and Ray

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Davis. Oracle USA has done six practise starts. Thanks Gary. Let's

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get the tide and course report from Ken. It is the end of the flood

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tide. This is something that we have not seen in quite a while. We have

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been dealing with ebb tides, the tide going out for almost a week.

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This is different. It is different off the starting line. What happens

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is that poor tack entry, the entry the Oracle will have in both starts

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to negated by this tide - the weather up to the Golden Gate Bridge

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actually comes into play more often weather up to the Golden Gate Bridge

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in this tide circumstance. So, look for things to be changed up a bit. A

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little different from what we have seen in the past. As usual starts

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off with that exciting blasted to number one. Very often that is the

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race right there, Todd. We have seen more changes in lead in this

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America's Cup than any other America's Cup in history. Look for

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that to happen again - Oracle needs two races. There is just no other

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way around it. The defenders of the kup make their

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move. -- Cup make their move. . They were

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dangerous dangerously close. They thought May be early there and

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slowed the boat down at the last second. It does not look like it has

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made a difference though. Day 12. Oracle Team USA must win to

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keep this regatta going. One more loss and the cup will go to the

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Kiwis. You heard the comment from sling

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sling - good one bro! There doesn't seem to be a lot of pressure from

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these guys. There you saw a tack inside of a

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gybe. These guys are staying upcurrent a little bit, towards the

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bridge. Oracle is dangerously close to the line here. They have a lot of

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time to kill. They said they have 30 to kill to the line - that is a lot

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of time. Gapping off by Team New Zealand.

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They are trying to get to the weather end. Have they shown their

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hand too early? This will be a time and distance start.

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Day 12, race 14 is on. It is the same thing again - Oracle

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is in the favourite lured position. The other boat has to stay out of

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the way. They will avoid the mark again. This is typical strategy.

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What they are doing, is the Americans are pushing the Kiwis off

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course as far thaz K They will try and get -- as far as they can. They

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will try and get them slow. Remember, the boundary will come

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into place fairly shortly. Simultaneous gybe - who can do it

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better? I think actually New Zealand slowed

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down on that gybe on purpose, to make sure they were not committed to

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Oracle who was the right-of-way boat in that position. They have to get

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down to this mark, obviously. They have to leave the mark to their

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right side. The lead is six seconds to Team USA.

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The Kiwis are to their left-hand side and now the tactics begin.

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Oracle Team USA, three knots faster than the Kiwis. They could be

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sailing again. It is not like traditional sailing where the puffs

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come from behind the boat. They are dead in front of the boat, so very

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often the boat ahead has the advantage, just by sailing into a

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better breeze. So the second comes here on race

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number 14. Again, the Americans have So the second comes here on race

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a lead of 125 metres, as we check in on the water. Looking at the wind on

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the water here, it gets lighter as they get close tore the gate. Good

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pressure, more wind will be a premium. You want a gybe when you

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are in the stronger wind, not when it is light.

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I love the way Oracle Team USA has improved here over the past week and

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out of the textbook, stay between your competitor and the mark. The

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mistake both have made in previous races - they are not making that

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mistake now. What do you think of gate selection? What side do you

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think the Americans will go for? Ben Ainslie and Team USA has the chose,

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left or right. I think he went for left to work that.

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There is less current over there. That will be the best place to be.

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So the Americans going about their business as they have grown the lead

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to more than 274 metres, dropping just minutely just, as we go back to

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the Kiwis. They need one more victory and the America's Cup is

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theirs. They are not getting the pressure. They are not getting the

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speed we notice on the downward leg. This is nervous moments for all Kiwi

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fans, all the way around the world. This is clearly a nervous moment.

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Oracle sailing away here. It has been thought this medium breeze,

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this was a breeze that New Zealand possibly had an advantage in. It is

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not showing up right now on this leg. There is the situation right

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now - the Americans have a 300-metre lead. We look at Jimmy Spithill on

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the centre of the screen. He is the helmsman. You could see a full split

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at this mark. There are three ways, with the incoming tide it is

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sweeping along the bay of the shoreline. Team New Zealand could

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split all the way to the shoreline right away. We could see the biggest

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split we have seen in this entire event so far. At mark number two, it

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is Oracle, team USA, their lead 300 metres and they will make their way

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towards Alcatraz island. The Americans lead at gate number --

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their lead at gate number one was six seconds. It has more than

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doubled here on leg number two. I heard Ben Ainslie say, keep going

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straight all the way to the boundary. I guarantee you they had a

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play book committed before this race started F we are ahead, we're going

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for the cone. Their lead has been quadrupled from

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six to 24 seconds - the Kiwis will head towards the shore and the

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Americans will look for relief relief there behind Alcatraz Island.

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So the Americans on leg number three of five, nursing a 300-metre lead.

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How much relief will they see off the back of Alcatraz Island with the

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tide? A knot-and-a-half, Todd. They could get a current sweeping up

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towards the windward mark. That will help them gain a little more. New

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Zealand, on the other hand, has done the right move, heading for the same

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spot. I don't know if they will have the speed to catch up. That ebb

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spot. I don't know if they will have current - the current out of the

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bay, along the city front is not enough yet, so they decided to keep

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it close and they are playing the cone - that tidal relief behind

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Alcatraz, just like the Americans had. There is the scene on the San

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Francisco Bay. Alcatraz off to the right. The Americans 300 metre lead

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over the Kiwis. It is 270 metres for right. The Americans 300 metre lead

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team USA - the defenders of the Cup. The Kiwis trying to close in. There

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is Alcatraz Island T only thing I know about it is it is somewhere you

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don't want to go. For the sailors, this is where they are heading

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towards. We talked about the tidal relief under Alcatraz or the tidal

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relief of the shoreline. Both these boats determine it is not

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relief of the shoreline. Both these enough in the ebb or the change, so

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they both elected to go up behind Alcatraz Island and try and stay out

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of the current that way. For Americans now it is an easy choice -

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stick with your competitor and hopefully stay between them and the

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mark. Close to the boundary right there.

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That was almost like a boundary that snuck up on them and they did a

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crash tack there. That was not their best. Nonetheless, still a nice

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little lead. They have found a spot all along the water front here -

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people have made their way out to Alcatraz. Look at our good friends -

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that is some prime real estate with the tower behind them. They are

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watching on, as is the rest of the world. This is the 34th America's

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Cup. Well it is one thing to go out there

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in front of the media at the end of the day and say, we believe we can

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win, we think we are faster - it is another thing to do it. Jimmy

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Spithill, his crew have gone out and done it: They have backed up the

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words their leader said at the podium. Here they are leading on leg

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three of five, which would be a clincher for that man, Dean Barker

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and his crew. They cannot track down the Americans right now. It looks

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like this point we will see a second the Americans right now. It looks

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race of the day. I will not say who mentioned that but one Ken Reid

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guaranteed it. That is Ray Davies. How about this - it comes down to

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140 metres. Gary, why the big drop for the Americans? Well what, is

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happening here is that the wind is actually getting lighter at the top

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of the course, so they are going slower. More wind at the bottom,

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that is what New Zealand has. Boy, is that current ripping out here.

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That will be a big factor. Ripping, what I mean, flooding, coming into

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the bay. That was a big change there, wasn't it? I think it just

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got light for the guys ahead of that shore. And they really came back

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into it in a big way t Kiwis did. As I look up the course, on the left

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side of the screen there, right in under the city front, there is a

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little bit of a left shift, in other words the wind is better on the

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shore and the current is less. New Zealand could take advantage of it.

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A good move by Oracle to cover - the right thing to do. Still not a lot

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of panic in these guys, but the lead is shrinking here. A lot has to do

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with the boat ahead. They leave the cone behind Alcatraz and sail out on

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the convey ya belt. It is going the cone behind Alcatraz and sail out on

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wrong way. It leads a bit of a lead. This has got a lot tighter than the

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wrong way. It leads a bit of a lead. guys on Oracle ever thought it

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would. I can guarantee you that. This next cross is not very far.

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Wow! What a comeback - it is Team New Zealand. And here come the

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Kiwis, they were down by more than 300 metres. Here they are, right

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behind the Americans. Here we go again - hold on folks,

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welcome to the modern America's Cup. Now New Zealand is going oh the

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middle, where -- going out to the middle, now a chance for the

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Americans make up ground. They don't have starboard be advantage if they

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come close. If I am New Zealand I want to tack early and not wait a

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long tiesmt The reason they don't want to go out

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into the flood. There is a nice game back - you

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wonder if they will tack before this current. That would be two tacks in

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quick succession. Very tough to do that. They can lose more. Looking

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for Oracle to tack two to three boat lengths.

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The tide and wind pressure and right now, both boats are basically

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walking on the escalator the wrong way and they radio trying to get as

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much -- and they are trying to get as much pressure. It looks like the

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left side of the course has more favourable winds and so that is why

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both are hugging the shore front. Such a fine line with these boats.

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They do manoeuvre, even though we say how much better they have got at

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tacking - catamarans are bad tacking boats. You try and minimise as many

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as you can, while staying on the proper side of the conyeaor belt

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here. It is a high-aspect sail. Oracle has

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a low-aspect sail. I am wondering, as you are the sail-maker, having

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that gybe is helpful to the New Zealanders? It looks to be a bigger

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sail. A lot of times these sails, they help help the wind itself, just

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create flow over the wing itself. You wonder if it makes it is a

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smaller gybe in general. It seems like they are in a high slow mode to

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get up in front of New Zealand. I like the course that the USA sailing

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- high, slow, just close it up, takeaway any passing... Up ahead I

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see the wind turning to the right. That will help Oracle. They will

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tack with a favourable wind shift. That was the voice of Ray Davis. He

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is not laying left. An interesting call by these guys on Oracle. They

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will do two tacks into the gate and take the downwind mark that brings

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them offshore first. Team ne land will do one -- team New Zealand will

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likely do one tack here. Will the strategy pay off for Oracle

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Team USA? They throw in one extra tack. Now they are inside gate

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number three. Three more lengths to go and the Americans will have a

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victory, but the Kiwis are coming fast.

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Todd, I am nervous and I am not in a boat! For the Kiwis, the Kiwi

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mentality, they don't just ever quit. New ze land has chopped -- New

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Zealand has chopped nine seconds off - it stands at 15 seconds. Did they

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make the right call? Everyone hooer is watching -- - here is watching,

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cheering on the Kiwis and cheering on the Americans. So the lead is

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back up to 300 metres for the Americans. They rolled the dice and

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it came up - will it pay off with two more legs? San Francisco Bay is

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the setting for the 34th America's Cup.

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Oracle Team USA - the defenders - need to win out six more races and

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the cup will stay in the States. If they have one the cup will go to the

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Kiwis. Do they close right up to 100 metres again. A slow tack. Gary, it

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must be very puffy down on the water? Very puffy on the shoreline.

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I like what Oracle is doing. This is where New Zealand has to gybe now.

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They have to geft over there. That where New Zealand has to gybe now.

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is a lot of manoeuvring right now. They are struggling to get up on the

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foils. That is how light it is. They are right back next to them again. I

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am not so sure about that last manoeuvre by Oracle Team USA. They

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did it early. They did it four lengths and stayed between them in

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the mark, not straight ahead of them. Really light air out there

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right now. Just a matter of minutes, we were talking about 300 metres. It

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has dropped down to below 100. Again the Americans have found their pace.

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New Zealand is in very light wind now. They too have to manoeuvre and

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get back to the right. It is really puffy and it is who gets up on their

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foils right now. It is so light. I think if they were sailing normally

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foils right now. It is so light. I and they were set up for it they

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might have code zeros now, because they are struggling to get up on the

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foils. Whoever does makes huge gains into the other guy. This is leg four

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of five. This is race number 14 on day 12. The Kiwis looking for just

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one lone victory to take Cup. All of a sudden Oracle has gone.

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Team New Zealand - there is where the two gybes happened. New Zealand

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almost went backwards on the racecourse. They went dead across

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the racecourse, never got any wind, never got up on the foils.

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It is that crazy out there. Catamaran racing at its best.

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It seems like it is nol man's land. When you go over there, the wind

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seems to go away. The Americans are back into the course, nursing this

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260 metres lead over New Zealand. To see the boat up in on foils right

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there is a huge sense of relief. I don't think this race is ever over

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there. Here is New Zealand, only eight knots faster than Oracle right

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now. Big Gybe. Can they get it up and go around this marker?

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That is what Oracle does - up on the foils and now flying in excess of 34

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knots. Boy, this is unbelievably huge for Oracle. Fending that off,

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dealing the pressures - every moment of that race was a terrifying

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experience for Ben Ainslie - I can tell you that. It was six seconds at

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mark number one. Down to 15 seconds at mark number three. It looks like

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the Americans have done enough here on this fourth leg to put the Kiwis

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in a bad spot as their lead has now gone up over 20 seconds. 20 seconds

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even to be exact. Todd, that is why you have a

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four-time Olympic gold medallist as your tactician. Cool under pressure.

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It is terrifying being in those shoes at times when you see the

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other guy reeling you in, like Emirates New Zealand was during that

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race. 36-year-old Sir Ben Ainslie - a four time Olympic gold medallist,

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also has a silver in his collection. He was brought on board to make some

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changes and mix things up when Oracle Team USA was unable to get

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winds and it looked looic the Kiwis were going to get this thing. They

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started to plan their parade I is not the case. Race number 14 on day

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12 will go the way of the defenders Oracle, Team USA, lives to fight

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another race. Wow!

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No other word! Give these guys, give New Zealand a

:26:55.:27:01.

tonne of credit. They were behind at times - they did not quit. It shows

:27:01.:27:05.

you, stand by folks, we have another race to go here and there's nothing

:27:05.:27:12.

off limits at this stage. Because you are trying to sail as

:27:12.:27:16.

fast as you can but you know the wind is lighter at you get down the

:27:16.:27:20.

course. The guys did a good job sailing the boat, keeping it calm.

:27:20.:27:24.

You know, again working with Tom, did a great job. When the heat came

:27:24.:27:29.

on and they were on our hammer there, we managed to hold on and

:27:29.:27:35.

make the right decisions. But, yeah a few nervous moments that is for

:27:35.:27:42.

sure. USA fight off elimination once again. The Americans are in full

:27:42.:27:47.

flight with their scorching boat speed and Sir Ben's tackles. If they

:27:47.:27:53.

are to retain the Cup they need another straight five.

:27:53.:27:58.

A beautiful Sunday afternoon for the second race of the day and another

:27:58.:28:04.

opportunity for New Zealand to clinch that elusive win. Once again,

:28:04.:28:09.

the American Americans have the favoured port entry. Let's see what

:28:09.:28:14.

happens. So, at two minutes it is game on for race number 15. New

:28:14.:28:19.

Zealand looking for one victory to take the Cup and the Americans

:28:19.:28:24.

looking for one to extend it into next week. Jimmy Spithill talking

:28:24.:28:29.

about tack again. Different tactics than we have seen in the ebb tides.

:28:29.:28:34.

All of a sudden these guys are worried about getting too far

:28:34.:28:38.

downcurrent. So a quick little tack right in front of Emirates New

:28:38.:28:42.

Zealand right there. Very surprising.

:28:42.:28:46.

So the Americans have filed a protest.

:28:46.:28:53.

They have switched side - very interesting play by both of them.

:28:53.:28:57.

Oracle tacking in front. Switched back over again. Penalty is waved

:28:57.:29:02.

off. Both boats very close to the line

:29:02.:29:05.

here. They'll have to kill a lot of time.

:29:05.:29:09.

Emirates does not want to get overlapped here. They want to

:29:09.:29:11.

prevent from being overlapped. Can overlapped here. They want to

:29:11.:29:15.

they get up to weather? Is Jimmy Spithill too close to this layline?

:29:15.:29:20.

Keep gapping, if you are Team New Zealand at this stage. Try and keep

:29:20.:29:24.

distance between the two boats. And this looks very similar to what we

:29:24.:29:28.

saw in race number 14. Will the Americans try and push them high at

:29:28.:29:31.

the line? This is different though. This is way down by that yellow

:29:31.:29:35.

line. This is much further down the line. Emirates Team New Zealand

:29:35.:29:39.

could be in a better place to be a sling shot here in this start.

:29:39.:29:55.

We've got a clear race on race number 15. The Americans trying to

:29:56.:30:02.

stay alive. Here comes the Kiwi acceleration. The Kiwis did a little

:30:02.:30:07.

bit of a skid side ways. Is that enough to allow Oracle to stay out

:30:07.:30:16.

in front? I think it is going to be? New Zealand was too late, twol

:30:16.:30:21.

seconds late. -- two seconds late. At mark

:30:21.:30:24.

seconds late. one, it is the Americans who have

:30:24.:30:28.

the inside lane, but the lead is just a mere three seconds.

:30:28.:30:34.

Boy, this is just, this is a broken record here right now, but, tiny,

:30:34.:30:41.

tiny little mistake there, or bad luck, really did the Kiwis in. That

:30:41.:30:46.

is just a shame for those guys. Ray Davis is tired of this position, I

:30:46.:30:50.

tell you that. You cannot give up. You have to keep

:30:50.:30:55.

fighting. Eventually you'll find a way to go past. Is what New Zealand

:30:55.:31:01.

is hoping for. Four-and-a-half million people. It is Monday in New

:31:01.:31:05.

Zealand. The folks down there are saying, let's wrap this up so we can

:31:05.:31:10.

get back to some effective work. As the boats pass our position here, it

:31:10.:31:14.

looks like Oracle Team USA are sailing faster. So the I can r Kiwis

:31:14.:31:21.

first to -- so the Kiwis first to gybe. It is a matter of where you

:31:21.:31:25.

see the wind. If you are the boat ahead, remember, get a better chance

:31:25.:31:29.

of actually gybing when you want and in the breeze that you like. So, a

:31:29.:31:34.

lot of times we see the boat ahead extend because they are picking a

:31:34.:31:40.

more op tune time. Here we go, leg number two. The

:31:40.:31:44.

Americans with a sizable lead. They had the start they wanted. They led

:31:44.:31:51.

at mark number one. The question is, can Emirates New Zealand find the

:31:51.:31:54.

sweet spot on this course and reel them back in? A look at Glenn Ashby,

:31:54.:32:02.

they are looking for anything right now. They are looking for a miracle,

:32:02.:32:07.

they are looking for the fans to wave the Kiwi flags, to give them

:32:07.:32:11.

some sort of breeze that they can work with. Full credit to sling

:32:11.:32:24.

sling and Ainslie in the back of -- Slingsby and Ainslie in the back of

:32:24.:32:28.

this boat. They make their way to the gate.

:32:28.:32:32.

They have all the time in the world to make this decision. Jimmy

:32:32.:32:35.

Spithill will make it clean and they will head towards Alcatraz yet

:32:35.:32:41.

again. This will be an absolutely enormous number on the clock by the

:32:41.:32:46.

time the I can wis get to gate -- by the time the Kiwis get to gate two.

:32:46.:32:52.

It is paying off - you would think they would be terrified. I mean,

:32:52.:32:56.

they are one race away from losing the America's Cup and not a single

:32:56.:33:00.

bit of tension on board the boat. Very impressive!

:33:00.:33:05.

Just sort of the laylines t Kiwis make this gybe. They still have

:33:05.:33:08.

about 100 metres before they get to the gate. And the clock keeps

:33:08.:33:14.

running. I like the fact not one member of Oracle looked at the other

:33:14.:33:16.

boat as it passed. And it will be one minute even. The

:33:16.:33:27.

advantage for the Americans, as the Kiwis now head upwind, looking for

:33:28.:33:34.

Mother Nature to give them a hand. So, just like in race number 14, the

:33:34.:33:43.

Kiwis not giving up. 250 metres. Just shifting into that ebb current

:33:43.:33:47.

- that outgoing current along the city front before Oracle does right

:33:47.:33:51.

now. They will have an advantage until Oracle get across that tide

:33:51.:33:56.

mark. Initially when they made the change on Oracle U ssmt SA replacing

:33:56.:34:05.

with Ben Ainslie, who is normally a helmsman and you #45d Tom Slingsby,

:34:05.:34:11.

I thought it would not work out. I thought it would be like having

:34:11.:34:16.

three quarterbacks, but they have all found their spot. Kostecki is a

:34:16.:34:20.

great at the tigs. He was trying to all found their spot. Kostecki is a

:34:20.:34:25.

-- a great at the tigs. He was trying to work with a boat that was

:34:25.:34:27.

-- a great at the tigs. He was not up to speed in the first couple

:34:27.:34:32.

of races. These guys are doing a great job. It They did make several

:34:32.:34:41.

changes. Several changes to the boat. So it was not just the

:34:41.:34:46.

replacement of John Kostecki that has turned this around. Absolutely

:34:46.:34:54.

not. You can make the case, it is not that at all.

:34:54.:34:59.

This beginning part of this leg is where they make some good inroads

:34:59.:35:04.

every single time they are behind. Don't count them by any means. You

:35:04.:35:09.

think that is a long distance. These boats make up such distance in such

:35:09.:35:13.

a short period of time with one gust of wind, they go two or three times

:35:13.:35:17.

the speed of the wind. You can close it up easily.

:35:17.:35:25.

So the Kiwis make the tack and they trail the Americans and the lead is

:35:25.:35:38.

coming down now about 250 metres. Really, there is hardly any tide on

:35:38.:35:42.

the right-hand side of the korss. You see the -- Of the course. You

:35:42.:35:47.

see the tide line. The blue arrows are these tide models. To the right

:35:47.:35:51.

of Oracle there, this there is a big current line on the water. They are

:35:51.:35:55.

both probably in similar tide at this stage. Maybe a little advantage

:35:56.:36:00.

to New Zealand. It is probably not as dramatic as those blue arrows

:36:00.:36:03.

were showing us. This is leg three of five. The

:36:03.:36:15.

second race of the day. The Americans won the first race, which

:36:15.:36:20.

was race 14. And every race they win, it forces another one because

:36:20.:36:25.

the Kiwis are on match point. One more victory to New Zealand and the

:36:25.:36:28.

the Kiwis are on match point. One race is theirs. A breeze increase as

:36:28.:36:32.

they get up here. That is a nice advantage for the boat ahead. When

:36:32.:36:36.

you sail into more wind, you tend to extend. Look at the difference in

:36:36.:36:42.

speed. 31 knots for the US boat. Only 23 for Emirates Team New

:36:42.:36:48.

Zealand. That is a tremendous difference.

:36:48.:36:55.

Oracle setting up to take the left gate going down wind. That has not

:36:55.:37:01.

worked. See if they do that left gate this time.

:37:02.:37:06.

You are hearing the voice of Ben Ainslie. The far right of your

:37:06.:37:12.

screen. We will see an early gybe out of

:37:12.:37:16.

Oracle here just to stay with the other boat. At gate number three,

:37:16.:37:20.

the Americans maintain a lead. At gate number two, it was one minute.

:37:20.:37:24.

The clock begins. How much will be their lead as they head to the

:37:24.:37:27.

finish line? So the Americans around gate three,

:37:27.:37:36.

happy with the pressure they are feeling on the right-hand side of

:37:36.:37:41.

the course as they head downwind. Emirates make the turn. The good

:37:41.:37:43.

news for the Kiwis is they have cut Emirates make the turn. The good

:37:43.:37:50.

the lead almost in half. What do the Americans need to do to

:37:50.:37:55.

maintain this lead? Very simple - stay between the New Zealanders and

:37:55.:37:59.

the mark. They are looking really good. Tomorrow will be another day

:37:59.:38:01.

if they are able to hold on. Well, is the lead insurmountable? It

:38:01.:38:19.

may be as Team New Zealand is running out of tack. Dean Barker

:38:19.:38:25.

trying to find some magic mo Jo trying to get his -- mojo trying to

:38:25.:38:30.

get his boat up to where the Americans are.

:38:30.:38:35.

Any idea what the weather conditions look like for tomorrow? I had a talk

:38:35.:38:39.

with the principal race officer. He says the wind tomorrow will be a

:38:39.:38:44.

little lighter, about the same direction. If we go on to Tuesday -

:38:44.:38:48.

that is a big if, if we do, the winds will be stronger. The

:38:48.:38:53.

prospects of two races over two days are very encouraging. Expect the

:38:53.:38:57.

unexpected here in San Francisco when it comes to the weather. We

:38:57.:39:03.

have seen high winds, low winds, fog, even spotted some whales on the

:39:03.:39:08.

course yesterday. All of a sudden Oracle has a slow gybe rate there. A

:39:08.:39:16.

500-metre lead is down to almost nothing. Very light at this end of

:39:16.:39:21.

the racecourse. Here we go, under 150 metres and here come the Kiwis.

:39:21.:39:29.

Just very late wind under Alcatraz. Oracle fell into a wind shadow -

:39:29.:39:32.

that was the difference. They gybe away, Gary. This is a big call right

:39:32.:39:37.

now. I guess they feel like they have to do something. Very hard to

:39:37.:39:42.

pass. They are behind - give it a try.

:39:42.:39:46.

The problem for New Zealand is they are gybing right into where Oracle

:39:46.:39:52.

found the right wind. And look at the speeds - the

:39:53.:39:57.

Americans approaching 29 knots, the Kiwis drop down to 11. Oracle will

:39:57.:40:02.

go right down, I believe lay this mark from where they were. Look at

:40:02.:40:07.

the zigzags up in the middle of the course.

:40:07.:40:13.

After a close call in the middle of leg number four, the Americans make

:40:13.:40:20.

the right call. Now it is the charge for home for Oracle Team USA,

:40:20.:40:24.

looking to keep this regatta going through the weekend and into

:40:24.:40:29.

tomorrow. That is unbelievable! We were down

:40:29.:40:34.

to 110 metres and the Kiwis looked to be coming fast. And then, just

:40:34.:40:39.

like that, it is back up to 400 metres and the clock running over 30

:40:39.:40:44.

seconds. Astonishing really, how quickly we have seen these collapse

:40:44.:40:49.

and then get put back on together. It is just a stunning racecourse out

:40:49.:40:56.

here. What is supposed to be a very predictable place - San Francisco

:40:56.:41:01.

Bay. If you are a fan of Oracle Team USA - that is a beautiful sight. Up

:41:01.:41:07.

on the foils, with a lead on top of Emirates New Zealand. So, two races

:41:07.:41:11.

today go the way of the defenders of the America's Cup - Oracle Team USA

:41:11.:41:21.

will pick up point number five. It will now be with the Kiwis needs

:41:21.:41:27.

just one. The Sunday showdown belongs to Oracle. There is belief

:41:27.:41:33.

in the crew as they cut into the Kiwi's lead.

:41:33.:41:34.

37 seconds in front. Kiwi's lead.

:41:34.:41:38.

something to cheer about for the home crowd and a return for the man

:41:38.:41:42.

who has put in hundreds of millions of dollars - the billionaire Larry

:41:42.:41:49.

Ellison. So a fourth straight win means the Americans only need four

:41:49.:41:53.

more to win. New Zealand still searching for that one race win.

:41:53.:41:59.

It was always going to be a battle. We knew that. And you know, without

:41:59.:42:03.

question, they have improved since the first week.

:42:03.:42:09.

We feel like we have improved also. The game is very, very close. It is

:42:09.:42:13.

going to be a case of having to battle for every point. I said that

:42:13.:42:18.

we had one hell of a challenge on our hands. I said that stranger

:42:18.:42:22.

things had happened in sport. I thought we had the boat and team to

:42:22.:42:26.

make a comeback. And that was something I wanted to be a part of.

:42:26.:42:31.

I am not the only one. I mean, everyone on the boat wants to be a

:42:31.:42:33.

part of it. The entire team around everyone on the boat wants to be a

:42:33.:42:37.

us wants to be a part of it. Now we've got the city and really the

:42:37.:42:44.

nation behind us. I have got a huge belief in our team and the guys. I

:42:44.:42:48.

know that we have definitely got enough to go out there and win this

:42:48.:42:54.

thing. We have obviously had a tough few days. Some ups and downs. Things

:42:54.:42:58.

which have gone against us. It is sport and we know we can bounce

:42:58.:43:03.

back. So we are very ex-sited about getting out there -- excited about

:43:03.:43:06.

getting out there tomorrow and doing what we do well. When they do return

:43:06.:43:10.

to the water, this will be the longest America's Cup match on

:43:10.:43:13.

record. The forecast is for lighter conditions. Everything is balanced

:43:13.:43:18.

on a knife edge. The Kiwi's campaign seems to have ground to a halt. The

:43:18.:43:22.

Americans have a wave of momentum that seems to be increasing every

:43:22.:43:24.

day. We are back on Tuesday, at 11. 50pm

:43:24.:43:29.

day. on BBC Two, with the climax of this

:43:29.:43:36.

34th America's Cup. Will it stay in American hands or will New Zealand

:43:36.:43:40.

finally win their match-point?

:43:40.:43:47.

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