Episode 13 Sailing: America's Cup

Episode 13

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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The America's Cup has a tradition producing dramatic moments as


sailors compete to be crowned the best. 162 years ago the schooner


America won the first race around the Isle of Wight. The Cup was Chris


enned there and then. Three years ago Oracle won the Cup.


The campaign was bank rolled by billionaire Mr Ellison. As the


defender they get to make the rules, choose the venue and choose design


the boats for the next event. It is a real test for the crew on board.


The boats for this Cup are 72-metres long. The space age cat marans are


known as AC72s. Foils lift them out of the water, abouting sell ng them


to 50 miles per hour. It has produced some of the most exciting


racing ever seen. Two boats hurtling towards each


other, with no brakes. Very close, racing on the very edge and


sometimes over. New Zealand are what's known as "the


challenger. Oo I "the Kiwis won the right to face the Americans when


they saw off competition from Sweden and Italy. So, at the start of this


regatta, they were definitely match-fit.


The Americans, on the other hand, had no warm-up event, so they made


up their own, building two identical boats, racing against each other.


One skippered by Jimmy Spithill, the other by Sir Ben Ainslie. More on


him later. After three years of development,


both teams were very evenly matched. It was too close to call. Just days


before the start, Team USA found themselves two points behind. An


international jury decided the team had broken the rules in an earlier


competition. That put them at minus two on the score board.


Nevertheless, the most eagerly anticipated America's Cup began.


It is Oracle Team USA... They approach the line for the start of


race number one of the 34th America's Cup.


The first race went New Zealand's way. In fact, they won three out of


the first four. By the fifth, America looked


second-best. This is really interesting tactics by Oracle. I


don't know what they are doing right now, to be honest.


The situation looked critical. It had come to a head. With no points


on board, they took an unprecedented step and substituted their tactician


for Sir Ben Ainslie. Could a British knight rescue an American Cup


campaign? Really it is like taking over somebody's science project the


day before the exam, and you know, have to do a lot of swopping to get


up to speed with the different software we have and the course


management. With the most decorated Olympic


sailor ever on board, it was set up for a fairytale comeback. No-one


told Dean Barker and his crew. USA lost the next two races and trialled


6-0 on the score board. You can be a rooster one day and a feather duster


the next, mate! By race eight, the Kiwis were sailing on the crest of a


wave, but were in for a massive shock. New Zealand almost capsized!


Oh, my gosh! New Zealand have the right of way


there. Oh, my goodness! By race nine, Team


USA had cleared their penalty points and could chase into New Zealand's


lead. Impressive from start to finish w the most impressive race


time of the series. Day number six of the America's Cup belongs to the


Americans. Too much wind and too much tide had


already caused chaos to the race schedule. With a comfortable 7-1


lead, New Zealand seemed to sail through it. In race 11 Dean Barker's


crew passed the Americans upwind and moved within one point of winning


the regatta. I think the question is; imagine if these guys lost from


here - what an upset that would be! Race 13 proved unlucky for New


Zealand as they looked to wrap up the series - no wind, no speed, it


was like racing in slow motion. Agonisingly in sight of the finish


line, Cup success was two minutes away.


The race has been abandoned! The rule is the race must be


completed in 40 minutes. The Kiwis have not won a race since.


Team USA's fight back from 8-1 down has piled the pressure on New


Zealand, who have to bear the weight of an expectant nation. It is


outrating the All Blacks, which is something. Yesterday the cracks were


really beginning to show. Come on!


The Americans levelled the series. Their seventh race win in a row is a


new record and this 34th edition of Their seventh race win in a row is a


the Cup is only the third time there's been a win-takes-all


showdown. One of the mysteries of this


America's Cup is how Team USA have turned their boat from slug to


slippery. Their incredible comeback has ignited a global audience. Glim


ping the future of match racing at has ignited a global audience. Glim


its highest level. That is what Larry Ellison wanted. It is a huge


race when it comes to the history of sailing and the America's Cup. Such


a long build-up and such an amazing series of racing. Both teams must be


hugely excited about what is ahead. We'll not leave anything in the


tank. I mean the boys, every single day, find another level to go to.


Today, I am going to ask for everything. Of course they will


deliver and find something else. Having never been behind New Zealand


have been stuck on match point for seven days. It's not just the 8-1


lead they lost, they are Government-backed and there the


taxpayer might not fund another campaign if they lose. I have


complete belief. Our team, our guys and I know we can win the race


today. You know, it is obviously a big ask the way the Oracle guys have


been sailing. It will be very difficult. They have improved a huge


amount. They are not unbeatable. We know that if we put together a solid


performance then we can win the race. Lo hat has been made -- A lot


has been made about today. It is a monumental occasion for the


America's Cup and it will be remembered for a long, long time.


We go about the business of actually remembering it for the ght reasons.


There's no second place in this America's Cup. The describe the


final showdown let's go to commentary. And to update us on that


all-important win is Gary Jobson. So the current is flooding in. It makes


the waves small. It will be a premium on boat handling. You have


to push hard. This is the race of this century. Last century, 1983 -


sailors from Auckland, New Zealand, San Francisco and all the way to New


Jersey are on the edge of their seats today! More from Gary today.


We have a flood tide coming into the bay. It is not as strong as we have


seen in the past. It will smooth the course out a bit. It will. New


Zealand think the smooth water is to their benefit. They think that is


when they go well against Oracle. They don't like the chop. This makes


a difference in the start-box. The weather towards the end of the


Golden Gate Bridge becomes more favoured when there is a current


like this. It is because it is a better angle to mark number one. It


is a subtle little difference. But you can make a case that the leader


at mark one goes on to win this case. The boats are that equal in


speed. Obviously up and down and a case. The boats are that equal in


half times, to huge crowds along the city today. And then the region to


the famous - somebody has to finally win the America's Cup here, Todd!


So there you see the current. They have been talking about their


tactics. I think it will be high. You're not


going to go to the shoreline and go all the way... I am saying like we


don't want to let them cross over and let them get on this side of us,


do we? No. If they go to the left, then surely we build light pressure


and attack... I am saying we are not rolling straight away. No.


So, at 2. 10 - there was the right of way to the start box and the


Americans will follow. This tact has been favourable. Both skipper,


skippers on both teams think to be able to enther the box ten -- enter


the box ten seconds early is an advantage. Team New Zealand has


locked out at the beginning of today's race.


We are over! More over... Here is where the at


the tigs will feed -- the tactician will feed information to the


helmsman. He is totally in control here, using instincts, setting up,


not only to get to the line in time, but to get themselves between the


other boat and the first mark. One minute to go to the start. Team


New Zealand has set themselves up down lu in the box. -- low in the


box. It is called the gapping off - they


box. might try and use that gap if they


can get to the line at the same time to have a better angle to mark one


and roll over-the-top. 35 seconds, Jimmy Spithill shows


like he'll go for the hook and then pulls it off. Trying to keep a gap


here at this stage. He is hooked to... He has to get better time and


distance and roll over-the-top. That is their only chance at this stage.


Team New Zealand is down low. This is a dangerous spot for Emirates


Team New Zealand right now. The wind is good. We are all clear.


Race 19. Such a critical moment in this race.


A beautiful job by New Zealand. Can they hold the overlap? Huge skids,


piled in by Oracle. Emirates Team New Zealand gets the hole shot.


Oracle takes a big dip. How much will that hurt them? Both boats got


really loose there, right at that mark. This is incredible already.


Oracle, upon their foil. You heard Ben Ainslie, the tactician say, nice


recovery. The Kiwi is just off to the right.


Again, another crucial moment. Team New Zealand did not gybe right away


with Oracle, therefore it is a drag race. Oracle is not in a bad


position. The faster boat could roll the other boat right now. Oracle is


inching away at that lead. Let's check in on the water with Gary


Jobson. Oracle there really had a bad wave and went up and down and


lost it. Buoy, are they selling fast. They have gone right by us, so


from our position Oracle has a bit more speed but the big question for


Jimmy Spithill, can he block the wind of New Zealand, he is going to


go forward about two and a half lengths. They trail by 40 metres to


the Kiwis. This is the winner take all of the 34th America's Cup.


Flat out Dragon boat racing, two very even boats right now. The


boundary will be coming into play shortly. I don't think Oracle is


going to have the time to roll over the top. Actually Team New Zealand


has come out a bit ahead here recently. Almost a final 20th gybe


is both boats decide to make the term with the boundary on the left


-- simultaneous gybe. 41 knots of boat speed going into that shot.


When you are behind, you put a lot of pressure to make the leading boat


nervous. These are sights and sounds that nobody in sailing ever dreamt


we would see. This is just a new sport that we are witnessing here,


in a 34th America's Cup. They are travelling about 40 knots, which is


46 miles an hour, downwind here on leg number two of five. This is


going to be a very fast race, the wind is blowing around, 18 to 19


knots. Emirates on the left, Oracle Team


USA on the right as they approach Mark Liberty. What are the options


for the Kiwis? For the Kiwis you are trying to stay in thing. You learn


the hard way at this stage yesterday they were ahead, in the second race,


and they allowed Oracle to split and get to the other Mark of the two on


the gate. Don't let the split happen. Go with them, match here at


this stage. Tom Slingsby calling up the times.


They go almost to the lay line and it remains about 65 metre lead for


the Kiwis on the left of your screen. The Kiwis have done a great


job of staying in sequence with these guys the whole way down and


job of staying in sequence with holding a really, really small lead


right to the gate. I think Oracle is going to go for a split here. At


gate number two, the Americans will split the course yet again.


Man, is this setting up exactly like the second race yesterday. Team New


Zealand will come out of the right-hand side and they are going


to start using that code to their advantage. Let's see what Oracle


does at this stage. At this point on the racecourse the Americans have


taken the lead by 20 metres. But they are down one tack, so still a


lot to play for. As the American league grows up to


69 metres, Gary Jobson, who has the right spot and where is the sweet


spot on this course as they had up wind? Position wise, Emirates Team


New Zealand have to start with the advantage but they are sailing slow


slow right now, they have to pick it up a notch if they want to hold on.


Here comes the moment of truth. This is the moment of truth. Port start


board. Oracle will be likely dipping at this stage then they will


board. Oracle will be likely dipping the port starboard advantage. This


is the race we only dreamt of. And on the cross the Kiwis take the lead


back. With the starboard tack right away, the Kiwis are allowed to head


-- and are allowed to cross ahead of Oracle at that stage.


Oracle is heading for less current, New Zealand is heading for more.


Is the Kiwis tack on the far left side of the course, the Americans


stay on course with good speed and this will close the gap


substantially. This is where Oracle turned on the


afterburners yesterday. It was speed that we have never seen out of AC72


up wind. Let's see if they have it in them again today. Another moment


of truth. Starboard tack advantage now to Oracle, as they -- was the


cross comes yet again. They are almost dead even on the water Oswego


on-board Oracle Team USA. -- Oswego on-board.


A big cross, the Americans having the right of way and they will make


the cross. I don't think Team New Zealand had to look at that stage,


that means that is about three boat length game over the last minute and


a half, a big number, a big jump for Oracle. We will learn a lot about


a half, a big number, a big jump for boats here, if New Zealand go to the


right, the speeds are even, if the USA continues the game, they are a


lot faster boat. Leg three of five approaching the halfway point of


this race and this is one for all of the models, the 34th America's Cup


this race and this is one for all of will go to the winner of this race.


That is the voice of Tom Slingsby, the strategist on Oracle. He says


they are crossing if he tacks. Yet others are huge moment. -- yet


another huge moment. Wow! Not just across, another couple of boat


lengths, a couple of boat lengths for Oracle. This is looking awfully


familiar. The question is, what are the Americans doing right? What are


the Kiwis doing wrong? Boat speed, boat speed, boat speed, a


tactician's best friend. Dig into this one a little. Don't be afraid


to be a little faster I think, guys. Set-up here. Here, as we take a look


overhead at Emirates Team New Set-up here. Here, as we take a look


Zealand, what is their strategy now with less than a race to go question


might Well if you are slower than Oracle right now, if you are New


Zealand, you have to keep the other boat tacking and manoeuvre and try


to make them make a mistake. If your speed is even, go straight, if you


are slower, make them manoeuvre. You can see the flood tide coming in


from the Pacific into the San Francisco Bay. Emirates holding up


25 knots. This is it, this is it. Is commentated by Mr Ben Ainslie.


They continue. These guys are smoking right now. They are foiling


almost all the time. Something that we rarely saw at the beginning of


this event. Every single race they have been out of the water is


foiling more and more up wind, they are using it to their advantage.


The lead is now 162 metres. Keep working, keep working. Holloway. --


Hall away. Go! Come on! The wind continues but not overly mid-. There


is no wind limit after the top mark. Pics moments ago at 20.7 knots. Our


wind limit is 20.74. As Gary Jobson pointed out, if they get through


Mach number three the wind is waved off and that has to be advantaged


Team USA. These guys are down the road, is it getting windier? It is


getting a bit windy, particularly at the top end of the course. It is


hard to see that because of the top -- the strong flood tide, which


keeps the waves down. These guys have done everything right in this


race except they just don't have the pace.


Oh, nice move by Oracle to push them back. Well done. Ben Ainslie, the


tactician on-board Oracle Team USA, the man on the far right of your


screen, is a four time Olympic gold medallist.


And with every metre sails, you've got to imagine the pressure that is


being applied on-board Emirates Team New Zealand. One week ago they had a


lead of 8-1. It is now 8-8 and the winner of this race will take the


Cup. What a show for the people on the shoreline in San Francisco Bay.


And for sailors and non-sailors alike around the world, this is a


comeback like international sport may have never seen before. Oracle


has pace. Folks, this is a complete role


reversal of what we saw seven or eight days ago. It was the Kiwis


putting it to the Americans. They could go wherever and whenever they


wanted on the course and now the role is reversed. The lead, 260


metres to the Americans. Look at the boat speeds, almost 30 knots for


Oracle and 25 or 26 for Emirates Team New Zealand. Give the design


team a lot of credit. The shore team. An incredible amount of credit


for sticking with these guys and giving them a faster boat at this


stage. Let's not forget Emirates Team New


Zealand, three or four times over the last couple of days, have been


able to close the race down one leg for, to less than 100 metres -- lead


four. If the Americans think this is wrapped up, give them a pep talk


because it will be thrown at them when they turn to home. There is


zero quitting in these guys but holy Smoke, look at that, talk about


demoralising. Just gone, right now. If you are Oracle, just gone. Gary,


every time they lead the docks, they seem faster. They made some


improvements since yesterday. It is impressive sight, seeing them foil


up wind as they are right now. Get on the foil and then we will do


it. Really big wind out of the gate, Oracle has to be very careful


making that rounding. It can't make a mistake at that point. As we saw


during the Louis Vuitton Cup, almost taking the thing over and losing two


crewmember over the side during the race. No harm, no foul, but with


that big a wind under 13 story wing, you have to be pretty careful.


Team New Zealand is going 27 or 28 knots of wind, that is almost 30%


more faster than they went in the Louis Vuitton Cup. Unbelievable


speed gains. Maybe there were a little Conservative on the start,


knowing they were fast rolling to New Zealand.


I am not sure Jimmy Spithill has ever been conservative about


anything, Gary. There is the track, showing Howard


far -- showing you how far out the Americans are in front. That is the


41 Kiwi acting as tactician. Well, it is miracle time for


Emirates. They have to darn near flip this boat over at this stage,


it is such a big lead. And at gate number three, we will


bring them home uninterrupted. Oracle team USA with a huge lead.


The Americans will retain the cup and for Team New Zealand they have


to find wind and speed if they want to take the Cup to New Zealand.


The boat just about takes off at the top gate.


They went for it! The Kiwis split the course. They are


looking for in Iing to get them -- for anything to get them back in


touch. They are dealt a 26-seconds behind the defenders. They are


almost going to have to gib immediately here.


-- gybe immediately here. The lead is almost 500 metres. The


Kiwis way over on the boundary. At this stage of the game, nothing


Kiwis way over on the boundary. to lose!


All kinds of records will be talked about when this is p done -- when


this is done, whichever way it goes. The fastest Cup. Oracle Team USA is


this is done, whichever way it goes. ahead of the record by about 30


seconds. Let's not forget it was four days ago that Emirates Team New


Zealand had the lead. They made the turn on the last leg, literally four


minutes away from winning the Cup and the whistle was blown. A time


limit of 40 minutes had expired and the race was wiped clean.


One thing in common with this Cup, there was a Kirby on board. His


father on board in 1992. You talk about the speed of the


Kiwis, they certainly had it when they won the vit vit vit -- Luois


Vitton Cup. Where has the speed gone? They put the jets on. A lot of


time and effort has gone into designing the technology. Vertical


learning curves have been talked about all the time. They get better


every day. Oracle has happened to get better, faster.


Do you think we'll ever see these boats again? These AC72s are the


vision of Larry Ellison and Russell, after they put these together after


winning the last America's Cup. They had the right to decide where it


would be contested and these AC72s were they drier. Their dream.


Here we are, breaking down barriers into the history of the America's


Cup. Never have we seen anything like that - the epic combat


continues! Was that a smile? Very close. Jimmy


Spithill, the skipper and helmsman on Oracle USA, Australian by birth,


married to an American woman. As he is bringing this home, he can see


gate four in the distance. It's not bad to have five Olympic


gold medals behind you and give you information. Not bad at all!




Don't smile yet, Jimmy! For more than ten days Jimmy


Spithill sat down at press conference after press conference


and said, "We can still with this." At 8-1, he said, "I believe we can


win this again." We had the conversation that said, what is


wrong with him - you have to know when you are beat! He never knew it!


They had incredible winning and losing streaks, Dean Barker and


Jimmy Spithill. Not the best gybe on Oracle there by the way. They


handled their press conferences, the pressure, with incredible poise and


we have to take our hats off to both of them. If you go out here, New


Zealand did a really good race. Got to lead at the second gate. What


else could they have done? They are a little slower. At tend of the day,


it is always the faster boat that will win and tacticians aside, over


the past races it has been Oracle Team USA. If this stands the way it


is, this will definitely hurt for Emirates Team New Zealand and a


nation. I will say this, Dean Barker, Davies and the crew are some


of the classiest you have ever come across. Oracle, Team USA makes the


turn for home. I never thought I would say this,


but Oracle is going to win the America's Cup. This is incredible!


What was dubbed as a rates for redemption for Dean Barker and New


Zealand looked like it was on course as they led a week ago. They were


sitting on a match-point. One more victory and the Cup was being


shipped off to Auckland, New Zealand. Here we are a week later


and it is Oracle Team USA that is just moments away from keeping the


Cup. The Stars and Stripes say it all!


The comeback is complete! America's Cup will stay in America.


CHEERING AND APPLAUSE And as the celebration commences on


the shores here, in San Francisco, Emirates Team New Zealand comes


across, one short for more than a week, their final delta in excess of


438 seconds -- 43 seconds. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE


A fly-by like no other! A defence for the record books. America's Cup


will stay with Oracle Team USA. Oh, just had anything - a little bit


of spray, as you can see. We almost lost you! I am still here. Jimmy


Spithill, two-times America's Cup skipper. How does this feel? It


really is about the team. On your own, you are nothing. When you have


a team like this around you, that I can make you look great and they did


all of that today and the whole series - just so proud of the boys.


Just a fantastic team effort! Heartbreak for Dean Barker, who with


his team couldn't compete with the blistering speeds and skill of the


USA. blistering speeds and skill of the


Very frustrating. You think back two weeks, the


opposite was true. The gains they have made is phenomenal. A great


credit to those guys, they have really done an amazing job to sort


their boat out and probably a good thing for us they didn't do it


earlier. I am incredibly proud of our team and what they have


achieved. I am gutted that we didn't get the


last one that we needed to take this Cup back to New Zealand. It's very


hard to swallow! A triumphant win for Jimmy Spithill,


completes one of -- completing one of the most exhilarating comebacks


in the sport. I will tell you one thing, it is an


incredible team standing behind me. We faced a lot of adversity, a lot


of challenges. We dug a big hole. We came together as a team. There is


of challenges. We dug a big hole. We one ingredient we could not have


done it without - your support. Thank you very much. This is a team


that never, ever gives up. We fought all the way to the end. Every single


day we were winning races, all you guys were coming supporting us. All


the good messages got through. It really affected the guys. We are in


debt to you guys. The defender of really affected the guys. We are in


the America's cup... Oracle Team USA!


CHEERING AND APPLAUSE It was an amazing feeling to. Be a


part of that really creating history w this American team - it is a real


privilege. The Olympics is mainly about individuals or small teams and


the America's Cup is about big teams. To be sure, these are the two


the America's Cup is about big best in the world - Emirates and


Oracle Team USA. Hats off to the Kiwis. They have been a standout


team all the way through. At one point it looked like they were


walking away with the America's Cup. Somehow we managed to pull the hat


out of the bag and get ourselves back in the competition. It is one


of the biggest comebacks I have ever seen in any sport. It has been an


hon tore be a -- honour to be a part of the team. This could have done


more for sailing than anything other. The messagesvy had from home


is -- the messages I have had from home is people who never really


watch sailing before, they suddenly get it. They think the raw speed -


they really are taken away by it. And the closeness of this


competition, this comeback from Oracle Team USA, from 8-1 down, it


has captured the public's imagination. There is no secret I


would love to see a British team's success. It is where it started. We


have a proud maritime history. We have incredibly talented sailor,


designers. If the Aussies and the Kiwis can be top of this game, then


surely the Brits can too. No-one could see this comeback. Full credit


to Jimmy Spithill and his crew. The team boss has transformed this


event. There was a revolutionary team boss has transformed this


gain in boat speed, reducing an on-water speckal that produced


heart-spotting excitement. -- heart-stopping excitement. They


are expensive - a winning campaign can cost at least $100 million. That


limits the challengers. Will we see the AC72s again? Back to the


Americans and Spithill, but a first for Britain's Ben Ainslie who has


added the America's Cup glory to his Olympic titles.


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