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After four days of racing, the 34th America's Cup had already delivered,
but the ultimate hair raising moment was still to come. The Americans
trailed New Zealand by seven races. Team USA, with Sir Ben Ainslie on
board, seemed stronger for race six. Oracle Team USA with their biggest
lead so far in the America's Cup. The Americas lead and headed
downwind. Oracle Team USA have the lead but can they hold on? When they
turned into the wind... How close can it get? Really aggressive move.
The day belongs to the Kiwis as they pick up their fifth win of the
regatta. For race seven, Emirates pick up their fifth win of the
Team New Zealand for once led from the start. What will the Americans
do to counter the speed of Team New Zealand? It is an absolute Kiwi
whitewashed, they lead 6-1. A maximum two points to the Kiwis,
leaving them three wins away from the ultimate prize in sailing. There
was only one thing that could go wrong. The key question is, imagine
if they lost from here, what an upset that would be. Oracle Team USA
were docked two points before racing started for a rules infringement.
Was their luck about to change? Mother nature had set things up
nicely for the Americans. For the Mother nature had set things up
first time, the tide was ebbing and the wind was close to its peak for
racing. One of the changes was to shorten the bowel spread to take
some weight. That is the black hole underneath. The conditions will
change slightly and that may be enough to give us the opportunity to
get some wins and then anything is possible. If Ben Ainslie has
ultimate responsibility, the tactician -- if the skipper has
ultimate responsible at, the tactician is the eyes and ears. It
was a big ask to fill the role of John Kostecki. They have had some
great results. Really it is like taking over somebody's science
project a day before the exam. I had to do a lot of swatting to get up to
speed with the different software that we have. I think it works well.
We lost the two races, we were not happy but we had a great vibe.
Hopefully there can be an improvement for the future. The
final has been breathtaking. It is what the vision was. To finally see
two teams finally sailing these what the vision was. To finally see
boats, really it has been a great competition.
Let's see if the homework has paid off. Time to go racing.
COMMENTATORS: The wind is coming out of the West at 20 mph, the current
is sweeping out of the bay and we are just under the wind limit. These
skippers have to know when to push hard and occasionally, when to
throttle back, it will be a very hard day.
talking about. Those blue arrows indicate the way the current is
going. It is a tide that is going out of San Francisco Bay. It is, it
is called an ebbtide. I think this gives a slight advantage back
towards Oracle. The problem with Oracle up to now, we all know, has
been upwind legs. This quickens the upwind legs and allows them to
been upwind legs. This quickens the possibly go from side to side and
not just have to play one side, one edge. Because remains the same, it
is the blast start and you are off and running. Oracle has a slight
reaching advantage. If it is an even start, we could see Oracle ahead at
Mark two. Could they finish ahead at America's Cup Park? They really need
to win both races today, Oracle Team USA. Will those bold changes give
them a much-needed edge. The port entry comes to New
Zealand, they get to enter the start blocks first. A ten second start is
not really an advantage in the race but allows them to decide where they
will position themselves. It is so hard to judge, it is easy to sit
here in the comfort of our chairs but to go from non-foiling to
foiling and to nail it to be split second is not easy. -- the split
second. The ten seconds is allowed to avoid potentially dangerous
closing speeds. We saw the two boats playing chicken and the Americans
had to give way, that is something the organisers do not want to see.
Oracle has waited a long time before they have jibed to go back towards
Emirates Team New Zealand. A huge gap towards the boats. This is a
very different strategy. Interesting strategy playing out on the water.
Why do you think Jimmy Spithill is going this route? I like the way the
boats are staying apart but the line at the bottom of the screen, you
want to be close to that bend. Less than a minute before we release the
want to be close to that bend. Less hounds and you want to hit the line
at perfect zeros. You want to be at the top of the screen and angling
down in the past races. Today, where we July to be? For sure, the top of
the line would give you a better angle. -- where would you like to
be? Jimmy Spithill coming in for a
potential last-minute hooker. It is an aggressive move this late in the
game -- last-minute hook. Race eight is underway in San
Francisco. Jimmy Spithill tried to do too much, try to get too cute,
just allowed Dean Barker to block and hold him off. The patients by
Dean Barker paid off, too much aggression, a bad move by Jimmy
Spithill. The consequence is disturbed air off the wing of
Emirates Team New Zealand. The Kiwis will have a sizeable lead, can the
Americans reel them in on the downwind leg? I think you really saw
the pressure on Jimmy Spithill, to try to do something. Take it as an
individual and try to make something happen, it clearly didn't work.
Speed, almost identical and the Americans will decide to peel off
first. They peel off but they make a poor gybe and they slow down quite a
bit. It is amazing, how used to the
fact... We are used to the fact that boats go down the Bay at 38 knots,
it is incredible to watch. 43.7 mph, the Kiwis have the lead
and it is growing to nearly 100 metres.
The wind speed is for knots under the limit, it is going to be no
problem getting the race in -- four knots. Jimmy Spithill at the wheel,
Ben Ainslie to his right. Jimmy Spithill made the changes, taking
out the spine of the bow strip, a wise call? It is only there to put
up a code zero or a larger sale on the boat in a light breeze. They are
not expecting a light breeze but getting rid of every bit of weight
that they possibly can. There is that stubby spine. It also brings
the wind instruments, those are the only wind instruments. It brings
them back closer to the boat which puts them in more disturbed air, so
they may get worse wind readings puts them in more disturbed air, so
while sailing in this configuration. Right out of the textbook, stay
between your opponent and the mark, New Zealand doing what you should do
tactically. New Zealand is still New Zealand doing what you should do
gaining slightly on these gybes, just a little bit every gybe.
This is day five of the 34th America's Cup, the Kiwis have the
lead, 6-1. Three more victories by New Zealand and they will take away
the America's Cup. Oracle gybing early, Team New
Zealand jiving for the lay line. Oracle might be setting up for a
split and one more gybe, a tough manoeuvre so late in the run. If you
are Oracle, you want to do the other gig.
At Mark number two, New Zealand in front. They had a three second lead
at Mark number one and that has doubled now, as the Americans split
the course. Now the all telling legs number three, upwind. -- legs number
three. There is not a lot in it right now
with current, there is pretty reasonable current, the outgoing
current from side to side. We have not mention the dreaded cone behind
Alcatraz Island, there is no such thing. The Americans were touching
speeds around 25 knots, roughly 28 mph, three or four knots faster than
the Kiwis. The Americans have got much better
at tackling. -- tacking. Right in The Americans have got much better
the middle of the attack, it is The Americans have got much better
juicing drag and they have learned something from Team New Zealand --
in the middle of the tack. The lead was up to 114 metres, it has been
dropped down to 75 metres. Not a bad sign for the Americans. They kept it
close on the first set of tax. Gives you an idea of just how
physical these boats are. Team New Zealand with the lead and the
Americans are coming fast. The Americans did a nice job, creating
that split and all of a sudden they get out of phase, going up wind
automatically. A good job of being aggressive and getting the split at
the gate. The wind is coming off the shore when they get close to the San
Francisco city front. If they could get a good port left, the USA has a
real chance to gain. -- port left. There is the wind shift, they take
it right there. A lot of chatter on board this boat. There is more
chatter when it is windy. These guys are into it, they have not got
tomorrow lysed, they are still fully engaged. -- not got demoralised. We
see another cross in the middle of the course on the third leg.
This is something we have not seen for this entire regatta, the
Americans making a charge on the third leg. This is normally wear
Dean Barker and the Kiwis distanced themselves. I like the fact they
used the opposite gate and they are out of phase. The wind is a bit more
favourable in direction and the Americans have taken advantage. Ben
Ainslie is doing a really nice job. The anticipated Cross does not come
about as been Bargoed decides it is a good time to attack. The
Americans have overtaken the Kiwis. The Kiwis put themselves in the
right position they're in the lee bow attack. But the fact remains,
not only aren't the Americans losing but they at ticking away at
the Kiwis. We absolutely have not this - Maxine this in his entire
series of this upwind leg. Why not get over to the south side of the
San Francisco waterfront? Easier said than done sometimes fall these
catamarans. The Americans are not getting them selves pinned to the
left-hand edge as they have in the past. This cost is a big one. --
this across. The Oracle team are going faster and that is the first
time we have seen that. We did see another hunting move. Right now,...
Own, they pop took off their foils. That was a break they did not have
to have -- they popped off their foils. It is all about their tacks.
They were making again after again. Here is a lee bow and it gives them
an opportunity to get in close and closer until one small tiny mistake.
It really shows it is just the tiniest thing that will make or
break this race. They tack away, doing the right
thing. Don't put yourself in a bad spot to go slow. We figured out the
left-hand side was doing well for the USA. And when you start
catching up, the crew gets excited and it makes the New Zealand crew
little nervous. Oracle will now have the star Board tack advantage.
They are attacking better and it looks like they are going quicker
through the water all the time. They changes have made a difference.
-- buried changes. The boats are so even in speed. If Oracle gets ahead,
they could easily hold them off and take the race.
As they come together, Oracle USA has the right of way here on star
Board. New Zealand almost capsized. Bow,
my gosh! New Zealand had the right of way
there. Not only that, but they will get a penalty. They almost slipped
this thing over. My goodness! The protest is filed by the Americans
but the Kiwis are just happy to have their boat back on the water.
That is a rattled Dean Barker right now. No other way about it. That
was an incredible turn of events. A boat on boat penalty save new
Zealand is already behind and the penalty has already gone away.
What went wrong? Their wing did not pop. It has not gone over to the
new side until right there. It did not actually tack. It is amazing.
Whether it is an hydraulic on human failure we are not going to know.
It didn't pop. It stayed on port tack throughout the whole manoeuvre.
It is just like a wall instead of a wing and it almost tipped the boat
over. This is the most dramatic footage.
I think you can here, "hydro, hydro!" which means they do not
I think you can here, "hydro, have the pressure in the system to
manoeuvre the wing. If the pressure isn't there, the wing went pop.
They didn't have the hydraulics necessary to control it. At 83, the
Americans have their biggest lead of the race. -- at 83. -- gate
number three. I tell you what, the speed and
agility we have seen with Oracle in this leg, a lot of airplane tickets
are being changed for Monday and Tuesday right now been San
Francisco. And a rattled Kiwis crew, Tuesday right now been San
despite leading 6-1. Now they will try and track down the Americans
who are off and running as they make their way to the finish line.
The chase is on. Dean Barker in unfamiliar waters as he is looking
at the back end of Oracle Team USA speeding away and seemingly making
all kinds of Great Menu birds. I speeding away and seemingly making
don't know what is more impressive -- great manoeuvres. He stopped the
boat capsizing. I think you are seeing a rattled team right now.
Now they are off their foils in the middle of a gybe. We have not seen
these mistakes from Emirates team New Zealand.
The lead grows for the defenders of the America's Cup. Teen USA are 700
metres in front of the Kiwis on Lake fall of five. They trail 6-1
and Dean Barker is dealing with a rattled Crook. -- leg fought off
five. When the wing does not pop it goes
from an Air Foyle to a wall and it almost flipped the boat over right
in front of our very eyes. Oracle teen USA are out in front making
fantastic many evils. They made a few small adjustments and right now,
Jamie Spithill is making confidence by every metre sailed. A dowry,
what a change. This is absolutely incredible. With New Zealand
getting nervous, that crew was a little bit rattled. I don't think
it was mechanical. I think it was a little bit rattled. I don't think
human mistake. The big question is, if you are Team New Zealand and you
lead 6-2, do you put -- play your provisional card and postpone the
second race and take a break. The Americans are out of cards. That is
a very good question. I don't think it is in the Kiwi mentality to take
a break. They will want to go back out. You see a smile there from
Dean Barker! They might stop if something is broken nose. The wind
is about 16 knots - going down three or four knots, so they were
not be able to use the wind to take a break. If there is a mechanical
problem, they will not want to take the next race. But if not, they
will be out here again. To bring you up to speed, this
Kiwis have six points and the Americans have one went but no
points because they were docked two points. In effect, It is six to
minus one. This dynamic could change completely. The biggest
point is, at if you are on Oracle you have hoped for the first time
in many days. The speed they shared and their attacking ability upwind
is quite simply something we haven't seen before. -- there
tackling ability. Oracle teen USA speed through the
water. The Americans are looking very fast. 44.6 lopes -- knots. Are
the Kiwis fit to race in the second race or are they issues on that
boat? I think there are at issues. They are having trouble with their
dagger board getting down. It is Oracle Team USA with a huge
lead at mark at No. 4. On the third leg, the Americans turn the tide on
the Kiwis. The Americans are now putting the hammer down.
For sailors around the world, fans of the America's Cup, this is Anna
-- exceptional turn of events. I think people just want to see more
sailing. This change is the dynamic so greatly. If they can keep this
momentum up in race to come up the so greatly. If they can keep this
emirate's now make the turn for home and they are just happy to
have the boat sailing because that is as close as you can get to a
capsize. Oracle Team USA are approaching 39 knots. Jimmy
Spithill and crew will bring it across the line and Oracle Team USA
will win the first race of the day. If You heard Jimmy Spithill
absolutely pinpoint the biggest difference, awesome tacks. The Kiwis
crossed the line just about in one piece. The crowd have loved every
minute of the exhilarating race so let's get the views of Jimmy
Spithill and Dean Barker. When everything is going well there
is the opportunity to make gains. It means we have to keep improving. We
all have a bit of a route group -- regroup and get ready for the second
race. We have been putting in a lot of work to try to improve our boat,
our tacks, are upwind speed. I think we have taken a great step forward.
A loss of hydraulics 14 New Zealand made about uncontrollable. Their
campaign almost ended there and then. A capsize can destroy an AC72,
all credit to Dean Barker for keeping it up right. A rattled New
Zealand, ready to go again. As experienced as the sailors are,
does Dean Barker need to calm them down and say, it is no big deal or
as they would say, no worries? The older statesman on the boat is back
on board, that has got to be an asset. Oracle Team USA, getting
themselves into position. Remember, Emirates Team New Zealand
will have port entry, that means they get to enter the start clocks
ten seconds before the Americans. The Kiwis are in. They will cross
well ahead of Oracle. Oracle really used a very different strategy than
any other start we have seen in this whole America's Cup. Let's see if
they go back to more traditional pusher-blocker strategy against
Emirates Team New Zealand. Is this playing out to what we saw
earlier in the first race of the day? There is no advantage to either
end of the starting line. New Zealand want to stay away from the
other boat. Look for Oracle to attack and try to get a hook as they
approached the line. Oracle is looking to possibly go for the
weather end of this starting line. Team New Zealand has set themselves
up towards the left on the starting line, I think Jimmy Spithill stays
up there at this stage. Just like that, proving you were
right and I was wrong, they go for a hook. Both boats are about 15
seconds early. Spithill tries to get underneath Dean Barker and the Kiwis
to try to gain advantage, can't get it done. Dean Barker is doing a
really nice job of protecting the bottom lay line. He might have the
jump yet again. And we are clear to go, race two,
day five, underway. Dean Barker protected the left side of the line
perfectly, another really good start for Emirates Team New Zealand. The
disturbed air is not a factor coming off the wing of Oracle Team USA
because the Kiwis have the lead and it will be New Zealand grabbing the
whole shot as they head down wind. I really like that tactic of New
Zealand sailing high, going in for the mark. It gave them an extra two
boat lengths. An identical lead, as in race number one of the day, three
seconds advantage for the Kiwis. I think they just prove to us that if
there is any sign of rattle on these guys... There was nothing in that
pre-start, that is visual. It was a tricky job of blocking by Dean
Barker. -- a terrific job. 37 knots, 42.5 mph. A similar lead
on this second leg and it is playing out awfully close to what we saw in
race eight, the first race of the day.
New Zealand are having trouble staying on its foil and Oracle,
sailing right past. The question I would have, is the choppy water
making it harder to foil? It really shouldn't, it shouldn't have any
difference. The foils are living below the water surface, they don't
really know that there are waves at this stage. Our point, Fisher, when
the hulls are in the water -- upwind, for sure. Literally blocking
directly. Oracle has gained almost two boat
lengths and the reason is they are doing a better job, staying on their
foil. Look at the two helmsman, Barker
moving his wheel back and forth a lot more than Spithill.
Emirates Team New Zealand will be thinking about how not to have a
split at this bottom mark, they thinking about how not to have a
to get Oracle to round the same bottom mark as they do. The
advantage is with Oracle, they can decide to split at the last second.
Speed is certainly a factor as they had down wind. -- heads down wind.
Dean Barker, the skipper, number 14. Number ten is Ray Davies, his
tactician. If the Kiwis can make it through this gate, that might create
the split that Oracle is looking for. You would think it is a good
thing but Oracle might have the for. You would think it is a good
opportunity to split away at the last second if the Kiwis commit
themselves to a thin lay line. It last second if the Kiwis commit
a 65 metres lead for New Zealand. With so little turn it won't matter
what part of the course they go on. However, the wind in my view is
better along the city front. This is a tough manoeuvre. If USA decides to
split to the right side gate, it is a really hard manoeuvre
split to the right side gate, it is physically pull off. They don't have
a choice, they have to make this manoeuvre.
At gate number two, the Kiwis have the lead and we do have a split as
the Americans, round and they will be behind by seven seconds -- the
Americans come around. Can they gains again on the third leg? We are
hearing words that the race is going to be abandoned. Oh, no, this is
horrible. Not just for us but for the sailors. If you are on Team New
Zealand, this is devastating. Emirates Team New Zealand, race
committee, do you copy? If you are Team New Zealand, you ignore that,
you hope you don't hear what you are hearing cos you are ahead. --
because you are ahead. I don't think they fear him. Race committee, do
you copy? They don't hear him, not that it really makes a difference.
Do you copy, over? Have you got the message? We have hit the wind limit
and we have to terminate the race. The first time in this entire event
have seen a wind limit takeover and abandon a race in the middle of it.
What a shame. It looks like they are sailing pretty well to me.
Officially, the race has been terminated. Race number nine has
been terminated here in San Francisco. The wind limits were
reached prior to mark number two so the race has to be abandoned.
With New Zealand in front it was a tough call to make for director of
on water operations, Harold Bennet, but the wind was topping 26 miles an
hour. The Americans have completed the two point penalty imposed and
for the first time in this is we can say New Zealand lead-0. The winner
is the first to ninth so there could be a few more twists and turns yet.
A bit of a tussle with the Oracle boys. It was a sort of marginal
cross and we made the call to tack. It was a bit rushed. We dismissed
the Hydro and with our system, we have to drive the Hydro through and
if you don't get it, the boat tacks, the wind starts sucking the boat
over. Fortunately, the guys keep grinding. We went through, I guess,
a split second to soon. I think about as close as you could possibly
get before the thing would have ended on its side. Initially we were
going to go for the hook but that didn't look that great as I got
closer. At the last minute, we didn't look that great as I got
bailed out. We almost went into a crashed tack and I was surprised, I
thought they were going to go over. It is these boats, they are
powerful, you have got to sail them well. We were at the top end of the
wind range today. You have got to make sure you are completely
error-free around the course. We made one mistake and it not only
cost us the race, it also came very close to costing us a lot more than
that. It is just what the team needed. I can't tell you how hard
the team works. The design engineering team. Obviously the guys
sailing the boat. They are rewarded now with a victory. We have been
saying that we can win races. We don't care what the score line is,
we are going to fight until the end and at some point it will turn. This
is a big moment for us. We made a step in the performance. The crew
were sailing it better, we came from behind to date. We did not get off
the line well but it did not stop them one bit. I think it is a key
moment in the regatta. It is game on, both crews pushing
their boats to the limit in their quest for the America's Cup. Expect
intrigue, more drama and bow to bow action from San Francisco Bay. We
are back tomorrow from 1:30pm on BBC Two. Will it be New Zealand's day or
the Americans flying the flag?