Episode 3 Sailing: America's Cup

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Action from races five and six. For the first time in its 162-year history, the contest is staged entirely within the confines of San Francisco Bay.

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Welcome to day three of racing in the 34th America's Cup. Both teams


have reduced record-breaking speeds in their efforts to win the oldest


trophy in world sport. We want to keep the cup here, we want to keep


trophy in world sport. We want to it in the bay. These guys don't. The


New Zealanders have the advantage. We are here to win the America's Cup


and stagger back to New Zealand. This moment is huge and it belongs


to Emirates Team New Zealand. What an amazing start. Emirate teams New


Zealand goes up 2-0. Day two and New Zealand overcame a penalty to


increase their lead. They came from behind to take race number three in


impressive fashion. Then it was the Americans from start to finish. It


belongs to Oracle team USA. America need a win quickly if they are to


stand any chance of defending the America's Cup.


With a strong breeze forecast San Francisco Bay was set to provide


more dramatic action for races five and six. At the moment there is a


huge swing to team New Zealand who have won three out of the four


races. The Americans have only managed to win one of them. They


have yet to get on the scoreboard because of a two race penalty


imposed by the international jury. Although Monday was a rest day the


defenders used their time to practice manoeuvres, part of the


$300 million project was to build an identical boat to replicate match


race conditions skippered by Sir Ben Ainslie. It means huge investment


and whether it comes a lot of pressure for those in charge. Just


ask Sir Russell Coutts, chief executive of Oracle team USA, and


Grant Dalton, managing director of Emirates Team New Zealand.


This is a high-stakes competition. The teams have put a lot of effort


into this. Over the past three or four years there has been a huge


into this. Over the past three or amount of money invested. They get


one shot at it. Russell is the most successful skipper in the history of


the America's Cup. There is a lot of pressure on both teams, both know


that if they lose this, the team is small likely going to end right here


-- more than likely. A lot of pressure. Not only fighting for the


cup, but for survival. The core strength of this team is its culture


and belief, and is knowledge that it exists for the sole purpose of


trying to return the cup to New Zealand. From what I can see of the


New Zealand campaign this is one of the best efforts they have put


together in recent times. They have a good shot at this. We don't give


it huge amount of thought, but the pillars that we stand on, the


nationality, country versus country, so that is what it should be. The


next thought is the ridiculous cost needs to be nail on the head. We


were hoping more of the teams would go from the 45 series into America's


Cup, but this cup final will end up being a great event. It is something


we can be proud of. He has made the decision not to be on board, not so


much I have made the decision, because you have got 20. Why am I


not on the boat? I have 51 years old. If you are not on the boat you


don't know what is going on. You need people who are physically fit.


I would like to take it, no doubt. The fact it is closed, competitive,


two evenly matched teams, it is a great outcome, that is why we are


all involved. That is the business side of things,


now time for the action. Things look great out here, between


16 and 20 knots, the bigger news is Things look great out here, between


the current. It is flooding in. That will be a big factor. The sun is


out, the boats are here, the wind is up, we will have a great race. We


are set to go with a three of racing. There is an aerial view of


the court. 1.9 knots flood, water coming in. From underneath the


golden gate bridge. This is a huge factor. Upwind, especially for boats


that goat this fast. The left side, small arrows, not much. On the right


side there is up to two knots. There was a big difference which tends to


favour team New Zealand. Here is the course, the standard new America's


Cup course. We have the quick reach to the start, 1.5 laps, up and down


the waterfront then a quick reach into the finish. The clock has


begun, under three minutes to go. At 2:10pm New Zealand will get port


entry. The Americans can come in ten seconds later. It is more for safety


down to give them an advantage. To get across and be able to start to


position yourself where you want to go, the boat coming in from the


other side, Oracle, they have two react to your position. We think


when they come in they will start thinking about where they want to


setup, which end the line they want to set up for.


The Americans are free to enter the start box. You want to get your boat


in the right position. One will become the pusher and the other


blogger. Team New Zealand will roll into attack. It is reaction time,


for the skippers. We check in on the water with Gary. I like the American


position, closer to the line, they will be able to block the course.


New Zealand has got a bit of trouble.


One minute to the start and you hear Dean Barker starting to talk about


manoeuvres. Classic pusher and locker. Team USA is trying to get


New Zealand down to the left-hand side of the racecourse. They are


coming from behind fast to get that hook. Got to be careful get in too


low on the slow line. 30 seconds to go. Team New Zealand being patient,


timing the distance for Dean Barker. He will end up going to the


left-hand side, it is who excel rates best? -- accelerates.


The final count is on a stay free of the 34th America's Cup, who will get


it right? -- day three. New Zealand at the last moment made a great move


as Dean Barker was able to get underneath Jimmy Spithill. Who can


reach fastest to this mark, can Emirates Team New Zealand hold off


the boat that has a slightly better angle? The blue dots are dirty air


Americans are sending back. Oracle will get over the top and give them


disturbed air. Oracle team USA picks up over the Kiwis. The race is now


on, this is race number five, Day number three, as we go down on the


water and checking with Gary. Very puffy when conditions. -- wind. New


water and checking with Gary. Very Zealand has plenty of opportunity to


catch up. Gary talking about the jibs, the sales at the sales are


different. If you want more speed is it not better to get more power up


front? These soft foils are made out of Carbon five but the smaller


front? These soft foils are made out foil on a windy day.


This is a left-hand racetrack. The breeze is blowing off the shore malt


and we have seen in the past allowing them to extend on starboard


tack. The wind has gone out on the south. The bad news for New Zealand.


No passing lane and no opportunity to jibe. The New Zealanders are in


tough position. Oracle showed speed at first reach. The first time you


can say Oracle was the faster boat on that first leg. Well positioned.


There is pressure to limit. Dean Barker is the skipper and helmsman.


Getting ready to jibe. A nice jibe, Oracle team USA jibes on top. Is


that tactical is to mark tactical position, that is called the cover.


They are staying between the other boat and the mark. No reason to do


something crazy. It is windy out there. Oracle is showing some jets


on one number one. Stand by. You see the dagger boards


drop-down, it Jimmy Spithill makes the -- across the trampoline. I


think it is going to be a falling. -- for Ealing tack. They are going


to go straight into this mark, they will want to try and get some relief


from underneath Alcatraz Island, they will be tacking fairly shortly.


You heard them talk about that tactic right there. Gate number two,


the Americans, Oracle team USA, the defenders, who have the lead. Almost


150 leaders over Emirates Team New Zealand as the Americans clear mark


to first. As the clock continues, the mark is set at eight seconds.


The Kiwis trailed by eight seconds. It looks like they will split the


course. The Kiwis are going closer to shore. Interesting move by


Oracle, we've never seen a foiling tack like this. They rolled into a


tack, I watched them do it yesterday in practice.


With a lead of about 60 metres, it is Oracle Team USA on leg three of


five who have the lead on the Kiwis. They trail three races to one. I'm


really surprised they went into that manoeuvre so quick off the mark. I


watched them do it yesterday so quickly that I wondered if there was


a mistake. Team New Zealand is set for one less manoeuvre, really a


move by Oracle around that mark. It will be very hard for Oracle to make


two moves so quickly. Based on what Oracle did at that mark, New Zealand


have caught up, and now they will have the starboard tack when they


split to the other side. And less current, so New Zealand has the


advantage right now. So Team New Zealand right behind arbiter as


there. The big arrows mean heavy occurrence, the Americans are in it.


-- heavier currents. That wind is more to the south when you get to


the city front, so that could help Oracle with a better angle. That big


angle difference we see on the TV right now, Team New Zealand is out


of current right now and you will see them go across the line right


there. Now they are in the same current as Oracle. Really


interesting tactics by Oracle, I don't really know what they're


doing, to be honest. So the Kiwis have taken the lead for the first


time in this, race number five, on leg number three, which has really


been a lucky charm on the last four races.


A textbook tack directly under the wing to force Oracle out into the


current. A good move by New Zealand. This is what you are talking about,


they went immediately to attack. They called for a foiling tack. They


were trying to use their speed around the mark to roll the boat


into attack. They owned most -- into a tack. They almost rolled over. As


they made the turn, all the speed gets lost. I remember thinking


yesterday during practice, what if they broke something? They did such


a radically quick turn. They thought it would be better. Here they are


going up the track. New Zealand does a standard tack and just start


running them down. They get the starboard tack advantage as soon as


they dipped behind USA, they are in less current, they take the lead


pretty quickly. Was that a tactical mistake by the Americans, or was it


just a favourable current for the Kiwis? It was all of the above. I've


just a favourable current for the never seen a tack like that, it


didn't really set them up very well. You see those blue arrows? That is


heavy current going against you. Why would you charge over to the left


side of the course? Gary, that is a good question, can you help us out?


Total confusion! This is the scene on the San


Francisco Bay, leg three of five, race number five, and Oracle Team


USA had the lead for the first two legs. They gave it up on the third,


and now they trailed by a substantial amount to a very fast


Team New Zealand boat. The lead is now almost 300 metres by


Team New Zealand. Look at that speed, they are just a faster boat


today. That has been the rumour around San Francisco for the last


few days, or is -- Oracle seems to look strong downwind. But I think


everybody is shocked at how fast Team New Zealand are. They are


really good at tagging. They are just better wind. -- at tacking.


So Emirates team New Zealand, you heard them talk about no pressure.


Team USA has detached back into the course. A very tough manoeuvre for


Oracle now. Just slow making those turns. It was tactics at the bottom


mark that got them so far behind. Team New Zealand is almost foiling


going up wind. Very impressive, what they are doing. The lead continues


to grow for the Kiwis. What we saw Oracle do, it looked a bit out of


control on that tack. But they are trying to do what Team New Zealand


has done so far and go from one directly to the other, to use their


underwater foils to pop out of the water during a tack.


We heard Ray Davies say boundary tack which means they are going to


go all the way over to the wall now, the wall that only we can see,


of course. Remember, this is where the most amount of relief is with


regard to the current. Amazing how quickly this turned into


a runaway. Oracle Team USA trying to get back into this race. At mark


two, they made a decision to tack as they came around the mark, they lost


all their speed and went out of sequence. The Kiwis have led ever


since. They are leading by now almost 500 metres. This is an


incredible turn of events. You have to believe Oracle fans were jumping


for joy after the first run. But we've seen more passes again in the


America's Cup. You hear that creaking? Folks at


home might think that these birds are about to break apart. What are


we listening to? We are listening to read tonnes of load on this wing


wench, and then of course the jib, they are just easing and trimming to


try to make these boats go at maximum speed. For Oracle Team USA,


a moment like this, it gets in your head that you are slower. So then


you start making those mistakes. The next big thing for New Zealand is to


make a clean rounding. Let's not forget in the finals they almost


crashed. Gary is referring to the Louis Vuitton Cup final where Team


New Zealand got into it with Luna Rosa and they had a big dip, losing


two men that went overboard. They were fished out moments later, but


they came around with a lot of speed. Here we go, at mark number


three, it is all Kiwi. Team New Zealand with a huge lead.


And the clock will begin, and will give us the difference between


Emirates team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA. It will be sizeable, as


the Americans are still 200 metres away from the gate. Gary, with this


southerly breeze coming off the land today, essentially no passing lanes.


They will do one jibe and then go all the way down the track. Yes,


that is one of the reasons they were unable to catch up or pass on that


first down leg. So Oracle Team USA has to make another attack before


they get to the gate. Meanwhile, Team New Zealand has the wind, has


the current, and they are heading towards mark number four. The lead


is over one minute now. At mark number three, Oracle Team


USA finds themselves in a big hole. One minute, 17 seconds. Can they


work magic on leg number four? It is 1356 metres, that lead. Where did it


all go wrong? One manoeuvre at gate to, that's it. -- gate two. They


will punch straight through to the finish line with yet another


victory. Barring a major disaster, this race will go the way of the


Kiwis. That is the scene in San Francisco


Bay, and if you are a fan of Team New Zealand, it is a happy day. An


absolute whitewashing of Team USA, who led for the first two legs of


the race. Dean Barker put the hammer down on the Americans at mark three.


The lead is almost 1500 metres. In match racing, Kenny, that has got to


be unprecedented. They have a little pace. They are going 49 knots an


hour. Just out for a little afternoon cruise on San Francisco


Bay. Gary, you could probably just circle in between New Zealand and


USA and have no problem. Yesterday, Oracle was out here


sailing and I wonder if they made some changes to their boat, trying


to make it go faster up wind, and it went backwards. That happens when


you have very little time to test things. I guess the question for an


outsider would be, if you won the last race of the America's Cup, why


change anything from Sunday afternoon? Well, remember, the


learning curves on these boats are huge. Every member of the crew on


learning curves on these boats are these boats would say they are


learning curves on these boats are getting faster everyday. I think for


the first time we just saw a big tactical Arab. Until now, the


mistakes been tiny in magnitude. -- tactical error.


I'm just wondering if they will do a second race or whether they want to


get back to the barn and do every sat. They will have about 20 minutes


to decide after the finish. Each team has a provisional card they can


play where they can literally wave of a race, normally because of


weather conditions or breakage on the boat. It would be unprecedented


for Team USA to play their provisional card after getting


hammered by Team New Zealand. So, here we are, mark number four, and


it is the Kiwis by a long shot out here we are, mark number four, and


in front, reaching speeds of 54 here we are, mark number four, and


miles an hour. That is 46.9 knots. Dean Barker is firmly in control of


this race. People are starting to get


sceptical, did the Kiwis get lucky on those first three races? The


first two legs of this race, there were a lot of sceptics, we were all


wondering if Oracle had caught a new gear but they handed it away quick


at that first gate, really surprising that the afterguard would


have put themselves in the position they actually put themselves in.


Very easy to say from sitting in our comfortable chair, but nonetheless


not a great move. If they do have a second race today, will Grant Dalton


stay Mr Mark -- will he stay? The Americans finally make it to mark


number four, the defenders of the cup. Across it at 1.14 behind. There


is nothing they can do now but watch the Kiwis pick up another win.


Time and distance belong to the Kiwis yet again. Race number five,


team New Zealand is your winner. Ten minutes before the next arts we


have two say whether they are going to do the race or not. It would be


unprecedented for a team not to do this next race. Just because they


are too soft. It is still a long series ahead. You can break stuff. I


would be surprised if they didn't do the second race, unless they have


reckon something. Looking by their body language and think maybe they


reckon something. Looking by their have broken their eBay 's -- egos.


You need to go out again and learn what you can.


And more than a minute behind it Oracle team USA that finally crosses


the line. This could be a case of what could have been. They led local


one, led two and leg three seems to be the kryptonite of Oracle.


In typical Kiwi fashion the celebration is somewhat muted as


they go by America's Cup Park and the fans continue to make their way


down to the San Francisco waterfront to see Dean Barker put on a


masterful display in race number five as they pick up the wind. They


are five races away, five victories away, from claiming the 34th


America's Cup. As the pit crew comes on board, they do a thorough


investigation of every piece they can while they have time in between


the races. It is about half an hour total from one race to the other.


They will absolutely be crawling through to find pieces that may be


about to give up. The pit crew comes aboard, the skipper and helmsman


gets the job done. We go on board with Dean, congratulations. Leg one


and two it looked like the Americans found another gear.


It is a tough way to win races but it is working for us. I would like


to be controlling a little bit more around Mach one. It didn't quite


work out. They picked up a bit of pressure and stretched out a little


bit. Plenty to work on. Encouraging to get back into the race. So far we


have never seen somebody roll into attack like they did. Where you


surprised? Something they have been practising, we have tried it as


well. When you want to go a certain weight it is a nice move. The cone


was wide enough, we could stay in it and set us further up later on. We


were not unhappy. How important is it to have Grant Dalton on the


boat? As long as he is still feeling the template we will keep him here.


-- feeling fighting fit. It is not the reason we lost the second race


on Sunday. It is good with him here, he enjoys it and hopefully we can go


on and when another race this afternoon.


Enjoy the thick tree momentarily. -- Victor E. -- Victor E. They will


take into consideration what Gary has been reporting about the wind


and how that has been building. We now go on board Oracle team USA.


Jimmy Spithill. A great start, a great second leg. Taken through what


happened on that third leg. They were able to pull off a pass up


wind. Attacking the boat very well. We got caught at. That lewd mark, if


you had it again would you roll right into attack was to mark --


leeward. We got out of phase the bit but they definitely had an edge on


us up wind. Going with a smaller jib might be helpful, any other


adjustments you can make is to mark they are pretty much locked in, we


cannot shorten the wing. The Americans deflated and down after


their peculiar tactics, they have to win nine of the remaining 12 races.


Contrast team New Zealand, a stunning victory by over a minute, a


huge margin in this style of racing. With half an hour between races the


defenders faced a difficult decision, Russell Coutts summoned


his skipper after the opening race. John Kostecki, the man who delivered


a shock. Affirmative, we would like to use the post home and car. Oracle


have just asked for the postponement car. -- card. Affirmative, we would


like to use the postponement card. Oracle team USA have pulled their


card, they don't want to race the second race today. They are aimed


communication with John Kostecki. It has been granted so that will be it


for the day. They have called for a


postponement, the Americans have decided to shut the day down. This


is a huge turn of events, as they have basically been hammered in race


number five, they say race number six, we are not up to it or is it a


structural situation? I am shocked but there are a lot of guys walking


around the boat with tool boxes in their hand. I believe they have do


have a structural rubble, some sort of breakdown that can allow them to


use this card. They only get one for the whole event, so from now on if


they break something they are stuck with whatever the consequences of


stop this is the pricing they are using it but obviously they have a


problem big enough that they think they cannot get around the


racetrack. We go on board the committee boat. They have do have a


structural situation to wave of this race.


Each competitor has one card they can play at any time. If they don't


like the weather, if they have a structural consideration, but they


have one card only they can play in the series to postpone the race.


Race number six will not take place today. Jimmy Spithill has already


gotten off the boat. He is back on the tender. They will head back


towards the docks. The big question the tender. They will head back


will be was there a structural problem or was it a case of we got


hammered so hard we need to get the boys back and regroup? It is really


interesting, there is Jimmy inside with Russell Coutts. Obviously


having a bit of a discussion as to what went on in the race, why did we


pull the card? None of us will ever really know. They are not talking


about what they are going to have for dinner, I guarantee you. What


was the decision behind pulling your card?


Wanted to go back and regroup. They have got an edge on us. Need a bit


of work and we will play the card. Strategically, hopefully improve.


This is all about upwind performance.


There were a couple of mistakes. As well is something we have to


address. We need to up our game. We will go away and do what we can and


make sure we step up for the next one.


Is this a decision you make or Russell Coutts, altogether?


It is a team decision. We consult a couple of guys and we are all in


agreement. We need to make a few steps and we are not going to hide


from that fact. We will work hard and come out ready for another


fight. A quick glimpse of you and Russell


Coutts talking about strategy, we will give you the full opportunity,


would you like to share what that was about as to mark just chatting


about the weather. Four out of five race wins for the


Challenger which made a press conference very interesting. Jimmy


Spithill did all the talking. We can win these races, we just need


to be very smart about the way we go about it. We need to make sure we


sail the boat well. The attack itself was a terrible attack as


well, technically. -- tack. We have to go away and learn from it, it was


obvious we needed to regroup and have a good look at the video and


what is going on out there. We will get out there again tomorrow and try


and improve. We can beat these guys. You have said the team is not


flustered and you will go into Thursday, can you guarantee is John


Kostecki will be tactician? I cannot guarantee anything, I cannot


guarantee I will be on there. It is too early to make a decision right


now. That is part of the reason why we played the card, we need some


time to assess our programme and the boat, and get it heading in the


other direction. Fortunately we have got the time, a lot of races left,


and the team has been in tough situations before and been able to


pull off the regatta. Has saved you feel in your job right now? You can


be a rooster one day and a feather duster the next.


Jimmy Spithill doing his best in front of the worlds press but the


chickens are starting to come home to roost. The American support


behind the home team but could there be a change board? Ben Ainslie


already out there helping them. No such problems for the Challenger, an


impressive tactical display so far about a superior upwind speed, and a


top speed of 54 mph. More concerning for the Americans with 12 races to


go, Dean Barker's crew are looking to improve on the start line. We are


back on Friday, BBC Two at 1:30pm with more intrigue and drama from


San Francisco Bay.


Continued highlights from San Francisco Bay with action from races five and six of the America's Cup, with the contest being staged entirely within the confines of San Francisco Bay for the first time in its 162-year history.

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