Episode 5 Sailing: America's Cup

Episode 5

Continued highlights of 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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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?


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