Episode 8 Sailing: America's Cup

Episode 8

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It has all come down to this, just one more race win for Emirates team


New Zealand and they will be crowned America's Cup champion's. Up against


them, Jimmy Spithill and the Oracle team, USA, desperately defending the


cup they won for America three years ago.


After years of development and a $100 million investment, they must


keep winning, or their campaign will be over.


There's no doubt these space-age AC 72s and this 34th America's Cup have


taken sailing to another level. San Francisco's streets are


beginning to echo to the sound of the New Zealand beat. After rugby's


World Cup, this is the next big thing for fans with a Kiwi


connection. It is a want to be their moment, as Dean Barker aims to bring


the cup home. Will today be the final dock-out show for the crew. It


the cup home. Will today be the has come down to one win and it is


all about the start. Today is a tough ask for us. We have two


entries. It is easier to get at least an even start, so we've got to


work hard to get a good start. As you say, the boats are very even


in performance. If we get behind it will be very hard to get back into


the race. We have to fight very hard to try and win a race today. At this


level, a bad start means playing catch-up.


Uniquely, in sailing, most of the work is done in the two minutes


before the race starts. The boats are separated, almost like boxers -


confined to their corner of the ring.


With two minutes and ten seconds left, the boat on the left, in


sailing terms the yacht with port entry is allowed into the pre-start


area. That boat crosses an imaginary line. There is an extension of the


start line and it is then in play. The starboard entry boat, on the


right, can enter ten seconds later, with two minutes to go. As soon as


it crosses along the green line, it is game-on and the fun begins. The


reason for the 10-second gap, is to avoid both crews hurtling in at top


speeds at the same time. The next two minutes the boats dual to


position n a way that will block the other crew. Trying to apply a


knockout blow before they even cross the start line. Port entry is


favoured by the teams because the boat on the left should have the


advantage getting to the mark. In this example, the wind is come from


the right. The blue boat, the port entry boat has the benefit of clean


air. So, that is the science. Let's get back out there.


In amongst all the confusion and postponed races and weather delays t


stats are beginning to favour Team USA. There is a new confidence about


Spithill spitted and his crew. Together, with -- Jimmy Spithill and


his crew. Together, the arrival of Ben Ainslie has been their saviour.


It is a huge task, but it is a challenge they enjoy. The boys are


fine. They have been in tough situations before. Mounted


comebacks. To be in this position, they'll want to prove everyone wrong


and get the result. Let's hope there's racing today. Hope


commentary team - over to them. Oracle scam team USA have -- Team


USA have done ten runs here. This is a team I don't think wants to go


home now. Can Jimmy Spithill put it together? Hey, this will be great


fun to watch! . Let's look at the course and tide conditions with Ken.


The ebb is starting. It will increase as the day goes along. You


see the bigger arrows on the left-hand side, along the shore


front, that is where the ebb starts first. That is going upwind, towards


the left side, towards the shore front. Good for all the people out


there watching the race. Then, of course the racecourse itself, this


is the new-style racecourse for the America's Cup w the reaching start


to mark one. Todd, you can obviously make a strong case that the first


person to mark one wins the race with the boats so even in speed


right now. Up and down one-and-a-half times and the quick


reach into the finish, we could see history off America's Cup today.


So, with 241 to go until the start of the race, we check in on the


water for the conditions. The wind has really changed here. Just in the


last three or four minutes it is blowing in hard. I expect the chop


to get pretty nasty out here. Both boats have bigger jibs than they had


up yesterday. Shifting gears and being able to handle heavy winds


will be a tough one. The wind is peaking, closer to 17 knots. Wind


limit should not be a problem in this first race. In San Francisco it


always builds in the afternoon. Here comes the Americans into the start


box as they have port entry. . It will be interesting to see if


they take this port entry and go down into the box. Team New ze land


is on their tail, not making it easy for Oracle, that is for sure!


It gives them the chance to take the start line, that we have seen to be


so valuable. This is a big switch up to what we have seen in the last few


days. Both boats are very close to the line. They'll have to kill a lot


of speed here. They were so close coming together, that typically


means that the breeze has gone to the left, that it is a left-shift


coming off the shore. Do you see that? I do, I think Jimmy will try


and get underneath now with them so close.


Todd, they are really far down in the box. They are down near that


yellow line, that is the layline to the mark. It is hard to hook when


you are that far down the line. Let's see if team New Zealand can


hold them up. Both boats at risk of being over. Spithill gets the hook.


Just as I said it would be hard for him to do, dominant hook. They will


come at them and starboard again. Jimmy Spithill nails it.


We are racing day number nine. Race 12 is off.


The mistake by New Zealand was too close to the line, too early. They


had that chance to take the left side of the starting line early on


in the sequence. It didn't work. They were too early like Gary said.


Oracle pounced. It is the Americans with the lead,


here in San Francisco. The lead is just five seconds. Now,


the Americans have been the faster boat on the downwind leg, now the


big question is - can they build on this? Breeze off the shoreline.


Let's see if the breeze has shifted to come off the city front, off the


shoreside here. Let's see if they can milk this! A long way. That


benefits the boat out front. I notice New Zealand going up and


down on its hull more than the American boat. An indication that


maybe Dean Barker is having a little trouble steering.


Let's go back to the start quickly, as they make their first gybe here.


Was this Dean Barker being too aggressive? Did Jimmy Spithill make


the most of it? At two minutes, they came together and they were so


close, this all of a sudden gave Dean Barker a lot more options. We


have seen the boat from the starboard tack side, than from the


past. Did he change his strategy? Absolutely, as he should. It should


be an advantage at this stage. The problem was they got too close. Team


New Zealand get a proper hook and the rest is history. Here it is on


virtual line. The Americans getting the port entry. They come in fast.


Look how close that cross was! There was a close cross. All of a sudden


they decide to take the lead back. Jimmy Spithill does a nice job of


being patient here. I was worried they would be too low on the


layline. He knows more than I do about how these multi-hulls work and


got a nice hook and forced the issue right away. He also was very patient


there. He could have gone with Team New Zealand. That makes him


vulnerable, as the rules go. He stayed, waited and took off at the


right time. This is a textbook - what we call a hook move.


Race 12, as we check in on the water with Gary Jobson. New Zealand,


behind, going down wind. The speed is not very much difference. We will


look at a split at the lower gate. Pressure should be OK here. Slightly


faster, slightly higher. That is the job of the strategist,


Tom Slingsby, just calling the other boat. Actually, what you have


noticed, they are calling their own boat. It is very typical of the


strategists. They refer to only their boat. We are higher, slower,


we are faster. But really good communication.


Certainly no sense of panic on the American boat, that is for sure.


So, the Kiwis are determined to gybe to set themselves up for mark number


two. This could be the sign of who goes which way. The Americans would


love to get a split. Can you and Gary, both pointed out, the left


side of the course, going up wind will be the fastest. There are big


current lines out there. The big, big current line - this is a tough


spot if you are ahead. You have to try and plan out. You have to have


well ahead of time your strategy of where you want to be. You can see


Oracle wants to be heading out into where you want to be. You can see


the middle. They will do one more gybe and in, is my guess.


So this will create the split that Gary was references, with Oracle


heading offshore and Team New Zealand inshore. Not much in it.


At mark number tworks it is the Americans first there. They head


outside so, they will head into deeper waters. That leaves the


option open for the Kiwis at mark two.


And they will split the course. Gary, I am kind of surprised that


Oracle choose to go offshore here. I was surprised how late they were at


the hook in the mark at that start. What do I know? You would think the


ebb is actually increasing along the shore front quicker than it is


offshore right now. I am surprised they choose this route. You know a


lot. Don't underestimate your knowledge here! I am surprised too.


Why open the door. We know the ebb will be better along the shore and


the water will be a little bit less choppy. The waves will be pretty


nasty where Oracle are now. So an early tact for Oracle - their


lead was 11 seconds after mark number two. They led by five at mark


number one. A win is really, right up along the


shoreline, along the city front. Oracle are in a high-speed right


now. You sail in a high or low mood. There's the -- mode. There's the


current. I am surprised Oracle choose to go offshore first. Here is


the first big cross. Let's see how they go. Perfect tact for New


Zealand. If they were five lengths further, the wind would have gone


way down. So, Ken, is this a case of the Kiwis


on a conveyer belt when you talk of the current going upwind? That is


exactly where they are. We will find out how much of a conveyer belt. I


think they have closed up. It is not a dip, not as close up as we have


seen in the past. They are certainly a lot closer. I would think that


would be a better current the whole time.


Oracle can take advantage of the current. They too can continue get


too close. The Americans have led the entire


race. The Americans now in a favourable position. As Gary pointed


out, light wind on the left side of the track. They were going 31 knots


of wind. Who would ever have thought these boats could have gone 30 knots


of wind! It is remarkable. They were 39th downwind to. Give you


an idea of how much gain there has been and the speed of these boats.


Nice little extension by Oracle here.


A good opportunity for Oracle to attack on New Zealand's breeze. They


don't seem to be taking it. It is a little too close, to throw two tacts


in that close to the shoreline, I think it would be a tough spot for


any catamaran. That is impressive there.


Upwind was kind of like - people have said they have seen it, but


no-one was sure and now, in fact, it is a common sight.


Here is the cross on leg number three.


So the Americans have the lead. Can they hold on to it?


Still hovering around 100 metres. Both boats heading upwind here on


leg three of five. The Americans must win this race, or the America's


Cup goes to Emirates Team New Zealand.


Just coming coming in now. The boths, really the first time in


similar currents side by side. What can you tell us about the current


status. I am looking at the boats coming up to the city front. Right


now, you twoont be close to the city. That current is sweeping out


to the Golden Gate. That is why it is so close now.


A huge moment heert in San Francisco, on the cross, of leg


number three, the Americans with the slight advantage over Emirates Team


New Zealand, in a must-win situation. As always, the Kiwis will


never go away. Their tenacity is incredible. I am


surprised that Oracle forced them back into the left so early on those


surprised that Oracle forced them last two tacks. It pushed them in


the right place. You love it when your competitor pushes you to the


right spot! 17 knots going through a tack - that


is impressive. It is on the left side of the


screen. Got a shot of Ben Ainslie, the


four-time Olympic medallist playing tactician for Oracle Team USA.


Going really well. Fully foiling upwind.


You'll see Oracle tack on Team New Zealand and keep the left side of


the racecourse. I think New Zealand should tack a


lot sooner to get back to the left. I think New Zealand should tack a


Keep going guys! Nice mode there! Make sure you have the pressure.


Constant chatter on Oracle. Team New Zealand drifting back just a bit as


the lead has gone out to 150 metres. A minute-and-a-half ago it was


within 30 metres. I think Oracle has a nice mode. They keep talking about


their mode, as do we. I think they have found a really nice mode in


this ebb current, that they can go super fast in. Seems to be


performing very well today. The wind is getting a little lighter


as they approach the mark. A good play for Ben Ainslie here, forcing


your competitor in the direction you think is wrong - tactically force


them out into less current. You take the side you think has more current.


And possibly a better wind shift. You have a good look at them


grinding away. There's the goal on this beat - the


Americans, the lead 128 metres and growing.


Now Oracle is trying to set up team New Zealand for that one final kill.


That one that will force them to do one more manoeuvre than they have to


do as they come into this weather mark, or force them to overstand the


mark. Either way, the boat ahead, they have a big opportunity to gain


here. Here we go - they'll do two. My guess Team New Zealand, Oracle


will only do one. Good call. Ben Ainslie says let's go


to the layline, we don't want extra tacks, let New Zealand make them.


And as the Americans hit the layline, the lead is up to 150


And as the Americans hit the metres on leg number three.


Something interesting between Ben Ainslie and what John Kostecki was


doing. He brings himself into the middle of the boat a lot, where


Kostecki was always grind from the high side, doing tactics from there.


It has to be difficult to see your opposition on the other side of the


wing. So the strategy pays off for the


Americans. They forced the Kiwis into an extra tack, as the Americans


hit gate number three first. It is very small lead and it looks like


Jimmy Spithill will opt for the deeper waters as he rounds gate


number three. The Kiwis in the opposite direction - again they have


split the course. The Americans lead still over 100


metres over the Kiwis. So Gary, you would have to consider


mark three a huge success, strategically for the Americans. Ten


seconds does not sound a lot, but that is eight boat lengths. We are


next to Oracle, USA right now. They went through a perfect jive and


another gain. -- gybe and another gain. So the


Americans go in the normal moid. Mode. The sense you get is you do


not want to give the Americans any more momentum than they already


have. That is exactly right! Dean Barker knows in that pre-race


interview, he says, these guys are dangerous, we don't want to let them


off the mat, so to speak and sure enough, they give them a chance


right now. Leg four of five. This is race


number 12. Day number nine, for the 34th America's Cup. The Americans


firmly are in control of this one and they have to be. If they lose


another race, the America's Cup leaves their hands and goes back to


New Zealand. So the Americans sailing two knots


faster downwind. They have the lead, they look very smooth. People


watching at home may say they were less than 100 metres when they


approached gate number three. When you round the weather mark, that


weather gate, you automatically accelerate. You start going about 10


knots faster than the other boat going upwind. You automatically


knots faster than the other boat create a jump from going downwind


compared to upwind. They got this first shift correct. There is some


luck involved in that. At the same time, you make your own luck. They


got into the first shift and maybe tripled their lead. You are on the


water - what did the Americans do so right and where did the Kiwis miss


out? We saw the wind getting lighter up to that gate. New Zealand rounded


the left gate, went along the shore. That is where they lost the


distance. They did haven't the wind to give them the speed.


To be honest, they didn't have a choice either. The lead boat


dictates what the boat behind is going to do going into those


situations. The I can wis took the hand they -- the Kiwis took the hand


they were given and it didn't work. Emirates Team New Zealand, Grant


Dalton, as a grinder. It is well over 400 metres away, what we like


to refer to as "the bat mobile." Having Grant Dalton on the boat has


been very important. He needs to stay on board to settle this team


down for the second race this afternoon.


For the longest time, we have said the Kiwis are the fastest boat here


at this 34th America's Cup. At the moment the Americans are clear


clearly the faster boat. Remember, compared to most boats we sail,


these guys actually sail into the front of them. Where the breeze is


coming from, it is right in front of them. That is how fast they go. That


is how much apparent wind they create. You can sail into a puff and


extend and sail away, there's nothing the boat behind can do about


it. You cannot help by think, this has


been a long few weeks, a long couple of years. These guys have been


been a long few weeks, a long couple nonstop now, for days and days in a


row. Comugs has to happen at some --


exhaustion has to happen at some stage. The Americans head for home.


And unlike yesterday, mark number four, not that close, as the Kiwis


make the turn, they are down by 29 seconds, as the Americans head for


home and this victory will go the way of Oracle Team USA. And they did


exactly what they had to do. As you pointed out, they had to get the


start - that was mission number one. They must have read our pre-raised


script. Really, give these guys credit. The pressure is all over


them and they have performed under the heat that the world's sailing


community is just heaping on these guys. Really well done by Oracle


Team USA in this rass! -- race! The Americans will come to


Team USA in this rass! the line and they will extend this


series. Oracle Team USA gets the race win in race 12.


No major celebrations on board. That is just one down. They need seven


more wins to keep the cup. For the Kiwis, Dean Barker, you can always


imagine what he'll say, it is one race. Regroup, get over it -


imagine what he'll say, it is one there is one thing with these Kiwis,


their in incredible composure and demeanour just solid. These guys


will be totally sorted out and ready to go for this next race. Now the


biggest question is, what will Mother Nature do? Knowing San


biggest question is, what will Francisco and how the wind builds in


the afternoon, everyone will start to look at the numbers.


But the most important number is the Americans pick up win number four of


this regatta and they keep the Kiwis from getting number nine and game


set match. There we go. A cheer for the boys


from the boss. Straight back to doing business. The


boys are really focussed today. They are accepting the challenge. We are


straight on to the next one. That is how we'll treat it, one after the


other. Is there more pressure or less pressure? You can make a case,


the mountain seems so high at this stage, there's less pressure,


nothing to lose as you go out there. In some ways there is. We love a


challenge and we will certainly -- and we certainly got what we


challenge and we will certainly -- for here. The boys this morning,


there was almost excitement - they really embraced it and sailed a


fantastic race. We have to focus. One at a time, did a little thing


right and keep chipping away. Grant Dalton sums up the race and the plan


going forward. We were a lot faster yesterday. We have sort of gone back


to the configuration today, targeting the first race now. We


know n the breeze, as we targeted yesterday morning's race, breeze up


a bit now. Starboard advantage now as the ebb is starting to run. Makes


it real hard N the race they got blown off yesterday, we had a


blinder. A bit unfortunate really. But, yeah, a more normal


configuration now. Yesterday was different. Grant, can you speak of


the pressure you and the boys are feeling knowing that the entire


nation of New Zealand is glued to their screens now, expecting you to


bring home the cup. We know there is a nation watching us. Once you go


into the start box, you don't really think of that any more. You just do


your job as best you can. So, with the first chance gone, will it be


lucky 13 for Dean Barker and his crew? Will the American's great form


continue? They have won three #0u9 of the last five races.


With a strengthening wind, the time slot for race 13 was passing.


And those blue arrows that are supper imposed on your screen tell


the tale. That is the ebb tide. That coupled with the wind has triggered


the clock get again. The clock has been pushed back to 15 minutes


again. Just like yesterday and several other days we are in a


wind-limit hold at the moment. We keep talking about this upper


limit, wind limit here, particularly with the ebb. Is there any chance


that the teams, you and the coastguard could agree to raise it?


I think it is a bit late in the competition for that, Gary. This is


something agreed quite some time ago. It was heavily scrutinised and


you know, the change halfway through the competition is unlikely.


But anything is possible. You know, this is the America's Cup. You know,


I think right now we are dealing the worst of it. It gets a whole lot


better from here. I'm not short changing it, would achieve much any


way. It gets better because of the current? We start with the flooding


tides and you know, we have been caught by the last of the ebb here


this afternoon. There's no late day scheduled at all. We race every day


until this regatta concludes? Keep going now. Does it put pressure on


you? Look, I think it is frustrating for all of us. We see it here, the


ebb is really starting to run. Of course we measure it 15 minutes into


the race. But, of course, the breeze is building. These guys having great


skills to sail these boats T rules are the rules. It is what we have


agreed to. We have to play by the rules. With minutes to spare, the


wind dropped and the start sequence kicked in.


So the jackets are off. It looks like we will in fact go sailing


here. Race number two on the bay of day nine. Jimmy Spithill and company


look determined. I always found it was really hard


when you were in the middle of postponements like that it was hard


to keep mentally and fiscally prepared. These guys being having


their jackets on, doing their time runs, it is professional. Getting


themselves back into race mode. Oracle Team USA. They get the


advantage. What can they do with it? Oracle Team USA. They get the


Will Mother Nature co-operate? Todd, it is interesting, you heard


Dean Barker say he's the wing, the wing, the wing. They are quite late


into the start box because they actually lost control of their boat


for just a second. It was too close to the wind. Maybe they aren't quite


as prepared as we thought they were for this start.


So, the dance begins. 90 second away from the start of race number 13.


Keep your fingers and toes crossed. Still has to go over that.


Sorry guys, over the wind limit. I had a bad feeling about this! It


looked like the breeze was on a little bit more out there.


I am looking at 30 second average now. Itted had just -- it had just


popped over - literally three seconds. That will takeaway our


second race of the day y again. No panic the Kiwi camp. They have a


six-race lead. Momentum with Team USA. The gamesmanship continues. We


actually sent a letter to the Kiwis, saying, listen, we would accept


raising the wind limits for at least the fact that if you start a race,


you've got to finish it. They cannot blow it off. I think that would be


better for the sport, better for people watching, but it takes them


to agree to it. You know, if, at the moment, there is wind limit, this is


likely to happen again. It doesn't seem right to change any rules


halfway through a series. When you start that series, it is how it


should be. We have seated our boat up knowing what the wind limbs can


be. Yes, we can win seven more races. When we started this regatta,


I think Dean and his guys had a significant edge up wind through a


lot of hard work and engineering and the boat builder builders, we have


been able to improve the performance of our boat, to the point now where


been able to improve the performance we think we are very competitive


around the race track. Certainly the guys sailing the boat would believe


we can win it now. We believe we have a great boat. We have improved


it. We have not finished yet. We are still, tonight we'll make some more


changes and that's the name of if game is you have to keep developing


your boat the whole through. So we are in a different situation now,


where we are clearly confident of our boat and we believe we can do


it. And you know, we've almost got nothing to lose. We will go out


there and win races. We have said from the start, we don't believe


this is over until we win one more race. It's a better one. You have of


the -- it's a battle. You have to fight for every point. We are very


aware that we've got to race well to fight for every point. We are very


win races. Nothing has changed since we started this series. We'll go out


there again tomorrow. We have a huge amount of confidence in the way we


sail the boat. We know that if we sail as well as we should, then


we'll win a race. The Americans are clearly in tune


with the ever-changing weather conditions. New Zealand have


with the ever-changing weather match points. The hacker is on stand


by. The mobile phones are on charge, with fans eager to celebrate the


America's Cup. We will bring you every tack and


gybe of this over the weekend.


Highlights as the America's Cup builds to its climax. The 162-year-old sailing event - which boasts the oldest trophy in international sport - is being staged entirely within the confines of San Francisco Bay for the first time in its history.

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