Episode 7 Sailing: America's Cup

Episode 7

Highlights of races 13 and 14 at the 2013 America's Cup, where Oracle Team USA are the defending team following their success three years ago.

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what started as a race around the Isle of Wight has become the most


prestigious trophy in the world of sailing. Ultimately, it is about


tactical genius and developing the best Crewe. For billionaire Larry


Ellison, time is running out. For the Defender, there has been no


escaping the relentless pursuit of the Kiwis, who are two wins away


from taking the cup and the event back to New Zealand. Dean Barker


knows the cup is his for the taking, but he also knows one mistake could


be costly. The resurgent Oracle team USA, with the help Britain's Sir


Ben, are ready to jump on any tactical mishaps. -- Ben Ainslie.


They are in good shape, they have done a really nice job. The USA have


won two out of the three races. Day 69 belongs to the Americans. This is


all about pace, phenomenal job by Team New Zealand, keeping the


overlap. Emirates team New Zealand are now just two wins away from


reclaiming the trophy they lost in 2003.


, conditions, but trickier tides are forecast once again in some -- San


Francisco Bay Dean Barker and his Crewe to negotiate. Yet neither the


weather nor the operation run the Kiwi control. We cannot control what


they are doing, we can only control what we are doing and we need to


keep the game plan the same, take things aggressively and let's hope


the conditions are good. We will have two different races in a way,


the first one is more medium conditions and then the second one


can be quite lumpy with a strong inside, so quite a variety of


conditions and I think it will be how well the teams can adapt to the


change. Now with a monumental task on their hands, the USA are


beginning to sound desperate. It is one race at a time, you know? That


has always been our motto and our game plan, really. Today is no


different. It will be interesting to see the birds in the first race. --


boats. It doesn't change our strategy, it is one race at the


time. With the Babos my forecast, it was touch and go whether racing


would get the nod -- with today's forecast. What would be As the


series has shown, getting to the first market is crucial. It has


often seen some of the highest speeds on the course, but strict


rules decide who can do what. The imaginary circle represents three


boat lengths from the mark, so if the boats are level going into it,


the inside boat has right of way, indicated to the Crewe by a green


flashing light on the yacht. Turning first is a huge advantage, and


knowing that boat the best line towards the next mark. But the rules


are slightly different if one boathouse and advantage entering the


zone. In this case, the leading boat goes around first and the trailing


yacht cannot cut inside, leaving the boat in front with all of the


advantages of rending the mark first. The man who has had to make


some tough decisions this series is race Officer Harold Bennett. Tuesday


was a blow out, and today looked like being another nervous few hours


for. -- for him. So with USA against the ropes, let's see if they can get


out of jail with our commentary team.


The current is going to be sweeping out of San Francisco Bay. It going


to get stronger. With that, the waves are going to get bigger, so


these sailors are going to have to be able to shift gears with the


changing conditions. Like Dean Barker said, I want to watch the


sport. It is going to be good today. More from Gary Johnson throughout


the day, and there is some animation showing you just how strong the ebb


tidies, flowing out of the San Francisco Bay. The ebb current


flowing at two knots. What will affect this the most is the start.


The boat entering the port entry first is New Zealand in this race.


They have had a big advantage because of this ebb current in the


They have had a big advantage last three startss, so look for that


to happen right out of the gates for the Kiwis. Then we get into


to happen right out of the gates for racecourse, it is the same one, this


quick blast reach towards the shoreline. We go one and a half laps


up and down the waterfront. Again, this is a great new feature to this


America's Cup. And then the quick reach back into the finish right of


America's Cup. And then the quick America's Cup Park.


So there you see the current, as the countdown continues. The flags are


up and we are now under three minutes to go. At 2:10pm, the


Emirates team New Zealand will enter at the left side of your screen.


They have an advantage to get in there, some may argue whether it is


an advantage or not, but it is for safety purposes. It is and this ebb


current has affected the prerace strategy that these guys. Being able


to enter the box early has allowed these guys to set up what is called


lowering the box, away from the wind as we see it pan out on the left


lowering the box, away from the wind side of the screen. The other boat


has had a hard time matching that. But pushing and blocking, the


blogger seems to have an advantage. So the Emirates team New Zealand


gets to put Bears then first, and the Americans have to respond, and


the strategy is on. Dean Barker coming close to the line, they are


now in the start box, and we are set to go racing. They number eight,


race 11. I think the pressure is squarely on Oracle. It is probably


an understatement. Team New Zealand, if they think about this, they can


sail pretty loose, really the aggressive at the start. If I was


them, I would be super aggressive, because if you win the start, there


is a reasonable chance you can go on to win the race.


One quid difference between the two boats, I noticed that the New


Zealand forward sale is larger in area than the American boat. You


think that is an advantage for the Kiwis or the Americans got it wrong?


I think both of them know what it means, both of the boats are


different in the way they are balanced and I think we cannot doubt


that these guys have the correct jib balanced and I think we cannot doubt


up for the conditions. Team New Zealand are actually


heading back to the start line earlier than I thought they would in


this particular situation. Look for them to really protect down to the


this particular situation. Look for left, down to the left side of their


boat, as Oracle approaches from behind.


You could hear Ray Davies saying, " same as the other day". They are


going to protect that bottom left side.


A big advantage to the Kiwis right now, the boat is very firm on the


wind, Gary. New Zealand are looking very strong, Ken.


The all clear has sounded and the Kiwis will have the advantage at the


line, better positioning, and they are closer to Mark no-one. And they


are going to get them slow. Even though the starting gun has already


gone, they are going to try and get them slow and make a big gain once


the speed really comes. Great job by Dean Barker, really


well thought out. Again, that port entry was the difference. They have


never relinquished being the blocker in that starting sequence. I think


they are doing a good job to hang in there, only being a length behind


after a poor start. Now it is the drag race to


no-one. Emirates team New Zealand first to the circle, they will make


the left-hand turn, with the Americans close behind. This is race


number 11 on day number eight and it Americans close behind. This is race


is a three second advantage to the Kiwis. And the Americans are the


first to peel off. You have heard the tactician Ray Davies on-board


Emirates team New Zealand, saying they will drag it out a little


longer, they are not worried about the air, dirty air, disturbed air


coming from Oracle, they are just looking to spread it out and start


planning later in the leg. Find the right time and the breeze pressure.


As New Zealand executes their first job, we go back and look at Mark


no-one and we go back to the start, this is where it all happened. --


Mark no-one. Basically shutting it down. They had to pull away, it


couldn't wait any longer, they had just snuck forward enough to break


the overlap, so Oracle got out of jail by the overlap being broken.


Still, great job by Dean Barker. And the call for the Garraway as the


Americans try to get up to speed. The hull is really down deep in the


water. The Americans are really narrow, the bow section of their


boat tends to dig in when they accelerate but it didn't make much


of a difference, they were upon the foils quick. The lead is over 115


metres, it is the Kiwis out in front, the Americans are trying to


close the gap. This is a five legged race, this is the first scheduled


for today and a five legged race, this is the first scheduled for


today and mother nature cooperates, we will have a second race in which


the Kiwis, if they win, can wrap it up and take home the America's Cup.


Dean Barker very happy with that jibe. I noticed the American boat is


sailing a much lower scores than the American boat and they are able to


gain by doing that -- a much lower course.


There's not much in this now. It is amazing, two boats going at 38 knots


and there will only be a meter here or there being gained or lost


between the two boats. It shows you have far this sport has come, how


far the America's Cup has come. And as they approach gate number


two, Gary Jobson, what you see as far as tactics, which way will the


Kiwis go, well they look for a split? I think the Kiwis have got to


use the ebb current, it will be stronger out in the middle of the


bay. They will look for the New Zealand team to take the right gate


and the USA to take the left. I think the Kiwis have done a nice


job, sending Oracle off to one side of the racecourse. This will


potentially increase the possibility is not having a split, and when you


are the boat at head, you don't want a split at this bottom gate, you


want both of the boats going around the same side. Just as I said that,


I think we heard speak ill the same side. Just as I said that,


Right turn" -- speed Hill. This is a really tough manoeuvre if you are


Oracle USA. And that mark number two, the


Americans do indeed split the course. So what was a three second


lead at mark number one, the Americans now trailed by six


seconds. That is an incredibly hard manoeuvre on these boats, grinding


hydraulics, grinding sales, grinding dagger boards up and down and they


made it look very easy. Keep going. Nice and smooth.


And we have a lead change as the Americans have overtaken New Zealand


here on Lake number three. The big question now is, can they make it


stick? They are one tack behind. Now it will be this incredible contest


up you get the right hand side again. It could be that this tipping


contest of who keeps trying to get starboard tack advantage. As I look


up the racecourse, I think the right side, where the wind is shifting in


that direction, is better for New Zealand.


This is about whether team New Zealand will have a lead. If not


they will have to start this tipping contest again. This is a great move


by Emirates Team New Zealand. Here they go, they will go right


back at them. A simultaneous attack from the Americans and New Zealand.


This is lead 35, race number 11. The Kiwis need two more wins and the


race is theirs. This graphic shows that the current


is negligible at this stage. There is no favourite side. Let's see if


the Kiwis bounce these guys the other way. I am surprised they


don't. The bigger jib that New Zealand has


is helping them go with these manoeuvres. I am surprised they did


not continue that bouncing contest, and by bouncing Amin tacking on top


of the other boat and pushing them to the short side of the racetrack.


Still a good move by Oracle to keep the tacks going.


And the Kiwis decided now is the time to attack with a lead of more


than 100 metres but it will shrink here on this manoeuvre. The Kiwis


have the lead on Lake number three. Question is, can they hold onto it.


Emirates Team New Zealand with the lead on both the course and the


scoreboard. Looking to wrap up the America's Cup today on day number


eight. Two more wins and Dean Barker and company are taking the cup back


to Auckland. Halfway through leg three, the


Emirates Team New Zealand boat has a lead by about 18 metres. The


Americans trying to find a sweet spot on this course, but right now


the Kiwis are firmly in control of this race, and dictating pretty much


where the Americans are going. Both boats are working on the left-hand


side of the racecourse, so hard, you have to believe they can see


something out there they believe to be favoured on this left-hand side.


They are working on the left side, it is stronger and longer the


shoreline. -- along the shoreline. Ben Ainslie saying, we have got to


go straight here for a little while. The current does look better on the


left side of the course. Left-hander, the winds coming from


the side. That will help New Zealand. We are not singing either


boat with any sort of speed advantage right now. This is a


tactician's race as much as any other race we have seen in this


event. Ben Ainslie acting as tactician for Oracle team USA, and


Ray Davies, the 41-year-old from New Zealand, is Dean Barker's tactician


for Emirates. And the Americans going to the right side of the


course are starting to close the gap, now within 60 metres.


And today you see just how close it is, with the Americans just sailing


a little bit faster. It is just incredible speeds, these boats


started this at the beginning of the week going 22, 23 knots, here they


are going 28 or 29. These guys are out in the middle of the racecourse,


they were. To stir it up again. -- they will start to stir it up again.


New Zealand will keep the starboard advantage by keeping going here. And


the Kiwis decided now is the time to attack. As the Americans tack back


and look for the cross, how much could you still from their boat? I


don't think we have ever seen such a tight tacking contest ever in


catamarans. It shows how equalled these boats actually are. The wind


is increasing appear, which will favour the boat ahead. -- increasing


up here. They will start looking to minimise manoeuvres here. If team


New Zealand can do one more attack, they will probably do that and take


the right-hand gate as we look out towards the Golden Gate Bridge.


Looking to lead number four, which side of the course would you want to


Looking to lead number four, which be on? You get starboard tack


advantage, you round the right-hand gate. If the boats came together on


that first crossing on the run, New Zealand would have the advantage.


You want to stay away from the land gumming downwind unlike four. --


O-rings downwind on leg four. The Kiwis take it all the way to delay


line on the left side of the course. We will see if they can take it in


all the way. Jimmy Spithill and company looked like they are set up,


as well. That was not Oracle's test tack there. They got down to ten


knots. New Zealand did a really nice job at the top of this leg. Very


close cross here. But New Zealand are looking good.


The Kiwis who had the six second lead at Mach number two will


continue to pound that lead, this time it will be into the double


digits as the Americans come through at gate number three and make the


turn for home, they are now trailing Emirates Team New Zealand by 17


seconds. Oracle team USA got into an


attacking jewel on leg number three. Unfortunately for the Americans it


did not go their way. Emirates, who had been closed down by 25 metres to


the Americans, now have a sizeable lead of almost 200 metres.


In a perfect example of how one mistake can cost you a race, Oracle


team USA had one bad tacks on the upward leg and now they find


themselves, moments ago they were 25 metres behind the Kiwis, now almost


300 metres. They had to do one extra tacks, I think that was even more


important. Team New Zealand did a really nice job of bouncing them


want additional time, setting up, they only had to do one tap into


that gate compare to Oracle's to tacks. That is the advantage of the


boat ahead. Got a quick shot that of Ray Davies


comedy tactician for Emirates Team New Zealand, calling the race for


comedy tactician for Emirates Team Dean, the skipper. -- from Dean


Barker, the skipper. As we said on leg number one, the


smallest differences in boat speed means it turned into a tactician's


race. Ray Davies, he nailed it, making record do to gybes. We will


know how nervous team New Zealand is in the second if they do to gybes to


get over Oracle. They seem pretty comfortable right now. Let's go to


Gary Jobson for more on the measurement configurations. It seems


to me that Oracle might have changed their boat to make it a little bit


better for my two wins, which weren't forecasted. Now the wind is


up, they might have slowed themselves down. They have closed


the gap which was over 300 metres, it is now just over 200 metres, so


the Americans are gaining. But will they run out of real estate on the


San Francisco Bay? They are on a lower angle out here, it looks to be


a fairly dramatic wind shift. They are staying parallel to the


boundary. It is a very different cause right now that the two of them


are failing. If I was on Emirates Team New Zealand I would be getting


nervous. It is a classic case where you want to cover, you have a 300


metre lead, New Zealand should have dived over and stayed in front. Now,


the race is almost over. What was a 300 metre lead is now down to 153


metres. Right now Oracle is laying this game and team New Zealand has


to do to gybes. This is going to be pretty close. To translate that, are


the Americans looking straight into Mach number four without any more


gybes? In a perfect world, they are, but the -- this is the defining


moment in the race. They need to block the wind of Oracle team USA,


so team USA is in the driving seat. It lifted a little bit as the two


boats have come together. it is now under 100 metres, the lead for the


Kiwis. A little pressure showing New Zealand, that wasn't their best


gybe. Still a little loose after the gybe.


Both boats are going to have soak to get around this Mark


. At mark number four, the races on. The Kiwis have a link wished a


huge lead that was over 300 metres, now it down to about 85 -- the Kiwis


have relinquished a huge lead. Both boats got really slow, though both


overstepped the mark, both being upwind, but it doesn't seem to


matter, New Zealanders in a dominant position again. On-board Oracle team


USA as they make the mark, 18 position again. On-board Oracle team


seconds behind. I think the look on Jimmy


Spithill's face told the entire story. The body language, it looked


as though Emirates team New Zealand had given them the opening but as


you pointed out, not their best gybe in this regatta. Talk about being


under pressure, they have got the America's Cup peeking around the


corner, it's just wasn't their best gybe. They just need to be smoother


in those tight spots, it was just enough to stay ahead. If that wind


had stayed the same direction for Oracle team USA for about 30 more


seconds, they would have been exactly even. The wind did them in.


A day number eight, race number 11 belongs to Emirates team New


Zealand. The Kiwis are now just one win away from the America's Cup.


And the Americans, with a fantastic third and fourth leg, it just wasn't


to be. As Gary pointed out, the wind did them in and they didn't have


enough pressure to catch up. So the Kiwis are now on the


precipice of taking away the America's Cup from Oracle team USA.


Race number 11 goes to Emirates team New Zealand. Dean Barker and his


tactician Ray Davies, a fantastic job, and they now will begin the


set-up for what could be the defining moment for Emirates team


New Zealand. It is so hard. Monumental battles. You are just


thankful for every win you get and if we can get one more, that would


be very cool but we are not even contemplating what would happen.


Yes, obviously we messed up the timings from the start, straight out


of the jar we were late, so a big mistake, but the boys put in a great


effort and I really started to grind them down, it was on until


effort and I really started to grind finish. We just have to get on with


the next one. It is not over. It is a long way from over.


As the series has gone on, the races have got progressively tighter, but


New Zealand still have the edge and are now just one elusive win away.


Glory won't just be for the team, it is also for the New Zealand


taxpayer, who have backed this Kiwi campaign. So we are all poised for a


dramatic decider on the choppy waters. Here is race 12.


COMMENTATOR: I wonder what is going through Jimmy Spithill's mine. They


have worked so hard to get to this place, literally the years. It is


like a young basketball player, a young kid who has practised his


whole life for that three second shot. That is him right now. They


can win this race, the windows up, they have the port entry and a good


attitude, go and win the race -- the wind is up. Larry Ellison, Russell


Coutts, they have held onto the cup wind is up. Larry Ellison, Russell


and here they are on home waters and Team New Zealand are making very few


mistakes. Ray Davies may be the best tactician in the world and Dean


Barker is certainly one of the best skippers in the world. Ray Davies


had made a name for himself prior to this event but he exits with a win,


he exits this event as a star for Team New Zealand in the series.


Is of the Americans have entered and now the race is on for the America's


Cup. Can Oracle team USA hold onto it will this be the knockout punch


from the Kiwis? I look at the Kiwis to try a different strategy here,


maybe to try and cut in front of Oracle and the really early back to


the start. No matter what, Oracle and the really early back to


method of the pushing and blocking has not worked but the boat coming


from the right-hand side. Let's see if try something new. -- if they


tried. We check in with Gary Johnson. The starting line is


slanted, that could help the winning boat, even though the current is up.


We are talking about killing time here, both boats are fairly far away


We are talking about killing time from the starting line. Looks like


the Kiwis are nearly up to speed, are they going to try and hit the


single time in distance? Knights move by New Zealand. -- nice


move. The Kiwis are trying to create a gap so they can accelerate but I


think they are going to get blocked out again. Here they come, looking


for that weather and start, gaining acceleration early. Too much wind.


And just before they hit the line, the race has been postponed. So the


wind limit was reached. Who does this hurt more? Oh, no. That is


remarkable. What a shame. All of the Kiwi fans will be saying right now


that the Kiwis had their start won, but Oracle would maintain that they


fouled them by trying to blast by them. New Zealand is taken that wind


would position with the slanted line work that well. Oracle definitely


drew a flag and protest against the Kiwis in that situation. I'm not


sure they didn't foul them, they tried to rip it right by them,


Oracle has the right of way. They never got close to within a length,


New Zealand would have been fine, but it is a moot point. The big


question is, do they know the race has been called off? Emirates team


New Zealand look like they are in full race mode. They will certainly


come alongside quickly, the Coast Guard, and tell them.


We still have 22 minutes, so they could still get a race in here


today. By the way, we missed by two tenths of


of knot. How close was it? 15 seconds. Had they started, it would


have been a five-minute average, it probably would have been okayed. We


keep hitting the wind limit every minute, it is taking us over, so we


have only got three more minutes to get it in before the latest possible


race start and we will keep going up to that, but it is not looking


promising all of a sudden. Safety has been paramount for everyone


involved in this America's's Cup. Iain Murray had delayed the race


until he was left with no option. So too much wind, too much tied, but


New Zealand are a step closer to too much wind, too much tied, but


taking the America's Cup home. They lead the series eight -1. We wanted


to race. You know, we enjoy getting out there on the boat and it was a


beautiful breeze, it is unfortunate not to be able to do the afternoon


race, but Iain Murray has the limits that he is stuck with and he can


only do what he can do. Both teams probably would liked to have raced,


but he has got to stick by those limits that are set and we have got


to obey them, so that is just the limits that are set and we have got


way it is. We're happy to be in a good position. It was all was going


to be a tough ask for the second race with the way the breeze built,


probably more quickly than we expected and we had just over three


knots of calmer, so it drags you down at the start. We have had one


hell of a battle on our hands here. But we have witnessed some


incredible comebacks in sport and it is never over until it is over. I


have said it all along, this team will fight all the way till the end,


we will not give up and like I said, stranger things have happened and


there is a lot of history in sport teams coming back huge deficits. San


Francisco Bay has been an incredible place to sale, reliable and its


conditions and I think that has made this event pretty spectacular. San


Francisco Bay and the sure, it is something that has got to go forward


with this event. I think all of the guys here would agree that we have


enjoyed this racing immensely. It has been a huge challenge to learn


to sail these boats in the finals and it has been unbelievable, so


moving forward, it really comes down to if you want to carry on with the


development of this type of class or to if you want to carry on with the


do we want to go back to monohulls, and what we want to do to have to


keep costs down for more teams to compete? It doesn't mean a smaller


boat has to be more cost-effective, it comes down to the people, that is


one of the issues with the budgets of these teams. All of these things


have to come into consideration when you are deciding on the type of boat


have to come into consideration when for the future of the America's Cup.


This has ticked all of the boxes, grateful competitors and spectators


and we have introduced it to a bigger audience. Certainly in the


USA, people had a preconceived idea of what the America's Cup was and


what the sailors are, but it has totally re-educated people and


re-engage people back into the sport. Thoughts are beginning to


turn to the future, but there is still a cup to be one. The Kiwis are


on match point. The Americans must win to keep the series alive.


Weather permitting, we are back together at 1:30pm on BBC Two to see


if New Zealand can re-establish themselves as the world's greatest




Highlights of races 13 and 14 at the 2013 America's Cup, where Oracle Team USA are the defending team following their success three years ago. The famous setting of San Francisco Bay is playing host to the contest.

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