Portsmouth Highlights Sailing: America's Cup


Portsmouth Highlights

Highlights from the latest leg of the America's Cup, in which Ben Ainslie continues his attempt to guide a British team to one of the most prestigious trophies in sport.


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It's beautiful, isn't it? That is the oldest trophy in world sport,

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the America's Cup. 165 years ago it was won for the first time by an

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American boat in a race around the Isle of Wight. This trophy has never

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been won by a British team but this time around we are back in the game.

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After over a century and a half that game looks very, very different. Oh,

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wow! Oh buoy! Steaming along. Fantastic racing. Just lost control

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of the boat. Oracle Team USA! The America's Cup World Series this week

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lands in Portsmouth. Six teams made up of the very best sailors on the

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planet racing the fastest race boat ever built. It's quite a spectacle,

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its high-speed adrenaline fuelled sailboat racing. But it's not the

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first time it's come to the UK. Last year here in Portsmouth thousands

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flocked for the first round ever of the 35th America's Cup World Series.

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It was the first time the six teams went head-to-head. Sailing fans had

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never seen anything like it. The event was a resounding success. Not

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least because the man they all came to cheer topped the podium. British

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team Land Rover BAR took a spectacular win here in Portsmouth

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last year to the delight of the very partisan home crowd. All here to

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cheer on their sailing hero, Sir Ben Ainslie. Ben Ainslie and crew, their

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first debut, and they have done it. Before we find out just how the rest

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of the World Series has been going for Ainslie since his win here last

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year we will take a quick time-out for a quick history lesson. As we

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have already seen the first ever race for the America's Cup was

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sailed around the Isle of Wight Way back in 1851. At the time it was for

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a new trophy then called the Hundred Guinea cup, awarded to the first

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yacht across the line in a race around the Ireland. That yacht was

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called America. And in winning the trophy her owners decided it was

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appropriate to rename it the America's Cup. They took the

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silverware back to New York and in doing so they started the longest

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ever winning streak in world sport. For an astounding 132 years the

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trophy stayed with the New York yacht club until, in 1983, Australia

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two wrestled the trophy from the American sliced like grip. They took

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the cup on US soil for the first time since that race back in 1851.

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Since then the cup has been contested a further nine times. It's

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only seen three different winners. But it's the most recent cup, held

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back in 2013, that really caught the attention of the sporting public.

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And that is where our man Ben Ainslie enters the fray. Held out in

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the waters of San Francisco Bay, the last cup was raced on the most

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advanced, most expensive, fastest sailing machines ever built. The

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previous winners, Oracle Team USA, were defending the cup against the

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challenging team, Emirates Team New Zealand. 8-1 down in a first to nine

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contest it was all over for the Americans, the cup was on the way to

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New Zealand. In a last throw of the dice they changed tactician and up

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stepped Ben Ainslie. Fresh from London 2012 Olympic success, Ainslie

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helped mastermind the greatest ever comeback in sporting history. As the

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USA sailed to an incredible eight straight wins and thus keeping their

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hands on the oldest Choate fee in world sport. And still the defender

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of the America's Cup, Oracle Team USA -- the oldest trophy in world

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sport. For Ben Ainslie, that win was a career defining moment. He would

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return home cup winner. But the cup would remain in the USA. The next

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big challenge was to set about winning it again. But this time as a

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British team with British backers. A team that could win the America's

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Cup and bring the oldest trophy in world sport back to where it all

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began. You know what it is like, the final build-up, you are a cup winner

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already. How different is it now you are in charge of the whole thing?

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Well, I think having founded the team, and sort of being involved in

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every area, you realise just how much more is going on other than

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just the sailing or the design. Whether that be commercial or

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illegal, or, you know, we have a lot of investors heavily involved with

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the team as well. -- legal. So yeah, there's a lot to occupy the mind, a

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lot to think about. There are so many things going on with the team

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on a day-to-day basis that you have to learn to take it all in, cycle it

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through and try to make the right decisions and then move forward and

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keep, ultimately keep the team going and pushing to get the desired

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results. I was going to ask you about your relationship with your

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competitors, particularly Jimmy Spithill. Team members three years

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ago, batting for the same side. How has that changed as you become more

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competitive? We have always had a great relationship, Jimmy and I. We

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first met back in 2001 or something like that. We came back together

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many years later for the Oracle Team USA. I think there is our healthy

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respect. We are very different people, but opposites attract to a

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certain extent. One thing is for sure, when we are both out on the

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water, we want to win and we want to beat each other. That's great,

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that's what you want can sport, you want those rivalries. Certainly from

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my point of view I love knowing that I'm going out against the best guys,

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and if you can actually beat them you know you've achieved something

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special. I wonder if you take a moment of thought when you go into

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work in the morning and there are over 100 people working towards this

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common goal, do you take a moment to think you can't believe what's

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happening and what is going on? Sometimes we definitely have to

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pinch ourselves, because it is really amazing, building the base in

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Portsmouth, getting it to where we are now, performing well on the

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World Series. We are and we should be very proud of what we have

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achieved as a team but we are also hugely competitive. We want that

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America's Cup back home. Until ultimately we win it, you can't

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relax, you've just got to keep pushing, keep trying to improve, and

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work out things to be better and smarter. That team is all working

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towards that goal, and they are pretty focused on it. Having raced

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the required funding, Ainsley's team set up base in the city of

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Portsmouth, the home of the British Navy, a city steeped in British

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maritime history, the perfect environment to mastermind the return

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of that elusive silverware. Ainsley's team set up here, built an

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impressive base and are well into a cup campaign. We are about to head

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out onto the water but before we do and going to take a minute to

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explain how this America's Cup business works. The teams are all

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currently racing on the America's Cup World Series. It's a preliminary

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series of nine rounds that being raced in the build-up to the

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America's Cup 2017. This will take place in June in Bermuda a year from

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now. When the World Series finishes the six teams will then gather in

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Bermuda for the cup qualifiers. First and second in the World Series

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will take points into these races. Once completed, the top four will go

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into a final Challenger series play-off. As we've ready seen

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Ainslie himself helped the Americans win the cup in 2013. That means that

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Oracle Team USA are the defenders and they will race in the America's

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Cup against the winner of the Challenger series play-offs. Put

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simply that is how this edition of the cup is going to run. In June of

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next year over in Bermuda Oracle Team USA will go head-to-head

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against the successful challenger in a battle to win the oldest trophy in

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world sport. So that's how this all works. Finish in the top two in the

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World Series and you carry points forward to the next H and so

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performing well is vital. It's round seven here in Portsmouth and to date

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competition between the teams has been nothing but fierce. Lying sixth

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in the table at the moment, French team Groupama, late to the America's

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Cup party as the last team to confirm entry but on the racetrack

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they are a force to be reckoned with. Helmed by a French sailing

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legend Franck Cammas, he knows a thing or two about competition. He

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won the gruelling Volvo Ocean race at first attempt and is desperate to

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take the trophy back to France for the first time ever. SoftBank Team

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Japan lie in fifth place. Run by Kiwi Dean Barker, at the helm of the

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losing entry last time out. Chris Draper is on the boat, Barker's

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right-hand romance. Great to see you in Portsmouth, is it nice to be

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home? It is, and England has been turning on the weather. Nice to see

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friends I have not seen for a long time and really enjoying being back

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here. It certainly feels that SoftBank Team Japan have been

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getting better and better. What can you expect to do here? I think we

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really don't have any expectations. We've been working really hard in

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Bermuda on our testing boat and that's been the priority. We are

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trying to focus on improving in this when we get the opportunities at the

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offence. At the same time because we are a small team we only start

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focusing on these events when we arrive at them which makes it tricky

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to improve. But we have been thinking about strategy and the way

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we position people in the boat and trying to make the most of

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opportunities and I think that can improve our performances. I think

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with any sailboat racing you learn a lot, it's about ticking the boxes

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and making sure you execute everything well. Making sure there's

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none of processes missed an if we do that we will get good results.

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Fourth place in the rankings sits one of the powerhouses of the

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America's Cup. Privately funded campaign, Artemis Racing from Sweden

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come support Smith without their usual Olympic gold medallist who is

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in Rio preparing for the games. They are one of only three teams to have

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won a World Series event. In fact they've won twice. Run by British

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double Olympic gold medallist Percy Dunne Iain Percy. You are fourth in

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the table, two of them wins, how happy are you? We've won a third of

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the events but lying in fourth sums up our series so far, really. Had

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some moments of great sailing but also some stuff we really should

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have done better. So overall I'm not happy about being fourth, not happy

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about those bad results. What it probably fit in more with our

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programme where we are concentrating on the events in 17. You've been in

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the Olympic team with Ben Ainslie for absolutely decade and you are

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great friends. As rivals, both running and America's Cup team, how

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has that relationship changed? In friendship turns our relationship is

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as good as ever. The important stuff in life we can chat about as old

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mates. Maybe in a lot of ways it is enhanced because we are both in the

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same role now, running and America's Cup team comes with a lot of

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pressures. In some ways it is quite a lonely position. Having an old

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mate going through the same things, there's often a time we will grab a

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beer and just wine without giving much away about our respective

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pressures. But here we are getting on really well. This weekend weather

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looks promising, of excitement building, what can we expect? I

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think it's going to be fantastic racing. These boats, for those who

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have not seen them, are incredibly fast and spectacular. Faster than

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most cars go on the road flying above the water. At the same time

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very tight, close racing. I think what people will realise is that

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they can understand sailing in a way they never have before with TV

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graphics. Those on the sure we'll have a great show. I think any team

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can win which is where we sit with these boats now which adds another

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element to it as well. We've already established who the defenders of the

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cup are this time around. Team Oracle USA are currently third in

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the rankings but unbelievably hard yet to win a World Series event.

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Helmed by the tenacious Aussie Jimmy Spithill, they are desperate for

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their first series win. Every single team that goes to a World Series,

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their goal is to win. And that's exactly our goal, to come here and

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win, especially this one in front of Ben's home crowd. How much would

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that mean to you to beat Ben Ainslie's team here? Oh, it would be

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great. Not just Ben, it's really all of them. They all are so tough now.

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There's no weak links in the fleet. And for sure, I think this event

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will be even bigger than a year ago, just given what's happened, his team

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has been set up. It will be awesome. But also we are under no false

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illusions, it will be very tough, very competitive, and saving these

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boats, man, you can't be perfect. It really is the team that can make

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fewer mistakes. are, the team based here in

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Portsmouth. They kicked up with that victory here and the whole team are

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keen to repeat in front of thousands of fans. Plenty of expectation to

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put that cherry on the cake and get the second win here. We want to go

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out, we are desperate to get another victory here. It will be really

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tough. The competition is getting higher and higher. If this sea

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breeze kicks in, it will be amazing, incredibly tight racing. Great for

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people to watch on TV and on the shore and on the water. Leading the

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rankings at this stage of the cup, Emirates Team New Zealand have

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sailed a consistent series. Two event wins and helmed by an

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up-and-coming star of the America's Cup. He will also be looking for

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gold in Rio, the responsibility in Portsmouth relies on Ashford. You

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are top of the leaderboard for ages, can you hold that position? We will

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see how we go this weekend. The racing will be fierce whether it be

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windy or light. It is a fairly new crew sailing here this weekend and

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for me in particular, steering. I haven't done so for more than about

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15 minutes on an A/C 45. The guys had better give us some room on the

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start line because anything could happen. That is the form guide

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coming into this event, what a day we are going to have. The wind is

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building and thousands of people are lining the shore and race one is

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about to kick off. COMMENTATOR: All set to go, race one on the America's

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Cup World Series here in Portsmouth on the historic waters where it all

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began way back in 1851. They are away. Three other books -- three of

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the boats are a way early. The two rookie helmsman, Francesco Bruni on

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Artemis and Glenn Ashby on Emirates Team New Zealand. You can see two or

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three feet can make all the difference in the world to being a

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hero or zero off the start line. Just as we saw yesterday, the French

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off to a flyer. The practice races yesterday, that was a mark of the

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French team. Franco mass leading them towards that first mark. A

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relatively tight manoeuvre. Not a huge amount of margin for error. He

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flew the hull up and over the back of Oracle there, that is confidence

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in your ability, I tell you that. We also see group, team France in

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front. Then a easy going 12 or 13 knots, the other guys going 11. He

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did a nice job clearing the pack and sailing his own boat in his own

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breeze. The French have taken off on this leg, they are in their own race

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and gone, literally. This would be only the third race the French have

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one in the entire America's Cup World Series. A massive boost for

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this team and their supporters. They have struggled as a whole but they

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take victory in race number one. They may have to wait for British

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victory, the French have taken control. STUDIO: Not the hope the

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British team would have hoped for, a fifth-place finish but a quick

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turnaround for the next race, there was no time to dwell on the

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disappointment. The team had to refocus and refocus quickly before

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race two. COMMENTATOR: About to get underway in the Solent in front of a

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big crowd. The jostling for position as intense as ever. There will be a

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lot of the boats going over early, five of the six boats are over early

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team France is the only one not over the starting line early. The current

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did not hold them back quite as much as they wanted. Groupama will have

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to let them through. Around the first mark, Land Rover BAR in first

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place. Emirates Team New Zealand behind Artemis racing and not

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enjoying themselves so far this afternoon. Land Rover BAR certainly

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caught a break. They are over early with the rest of the pack but did a

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better job burning off their penalty than anyone else and came at in

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second place after a penalty. I guarantee you Ben Ainslie has never

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had a penalty before and still come out in second place. Emirates Team

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New Zealand trying to gybe in front of the group. Ben Ainslie going

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several knots faster. Emirates Team New Zealand trying to get across.

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They were the burden boat, the give way boat. They had to stay clear of

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the starboard tack is, they could not get across and this will be

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really costly as all six boats pile into the first gate with Ben Ainslie

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poking through. Artemis racing seemed to be picking up speed at the

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bottom of your picture right now. But still in front by a religion of

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Lee small margin, Land Rover BAR who have taken a very different path.

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Again they have done a nice job of splitting. It is part of their

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strategy, Land Rover BAR to try and stay away from the group. Artemis

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coming across right now, they are on port tack, the give way boat, they

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have to get out of the way of Groupama team France, which they do

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successfully. Single-minded sailing from Sir Ben Ainslie and company as

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they head to date three clear of the rest. Something for the home crowd

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to cheer. Oracle Team USA led by Jimmy Spithill, the man to the right

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of the picture. Still around 200 metres off the pace of Land Rover

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BAR. This is business, it is all about

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winning an home waters in front of the home crowd, giving them

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something to celebrate as they head into gate four and contemplate the

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finish. Land Rover BAR well in front of the rest. Picking up some speed

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as well now. On this final flourish for Land Rover BAR, there will be no

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catching them now. Look at the crowd, do you think there will be

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much of a raw? This is real stadium sound. Time to celebrate in the

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sunshine for the British sailing fancier. Sir Ben Ainslie, owner of

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four gold medals as done it again on home waters. Leading them in. It has

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been a commanding performance in race two from the British boat, much

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to celebrate. A win for the home team in race two, a great comeback

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from Land Rover BAR, can they take that winning streak into race three?

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The last race of the day, the world's best going head to head in

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the scramble for points in the Portsmouth sunshine. They will be

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getting away to a flyer this time around? Penalty on Oracle Team USA

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and Softbank team Japan, what will stick at to any sailor at home is

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how good these guys are at getting close to the starting line.

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Literally a foot is deciding if you are a hero or zero coming off the

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starting line. Ben Ainslie again shooting that the top-of-the-line to

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stay clear of everyone else. He may not be the favourite but getting

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himself clear. It looks like he might get off into second place. And

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there is the French boat again, starting much better. Didn't pull

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off the slingshot but he was helped out by the two boats were over early

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and he might be leading coming to the mark. Heading into gate two with

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Groupama team France leading the pack against -- ahead of Softbank

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team Japan. As they look to head closer to shore and those

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spectators. The French skipper asking which mark, at the top of the

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screen, it looks like very glassy water. And the better pressure where

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they make games is offshore a tactician is called for make the

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manoeuvre and go back offshore again, it looks to be better

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pressure out there. A breakaway of three, the French, Japanese and

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British. Oracle Team USA in very light air trying to get around the

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other bluey, do they have to give ground to Artemis racing. The moment

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of truth in this race right now whether they can cross or not. It

:24:31.:24:34.

looks like they will cross Softbank team Japan who are dipping in behind

:24:35.:24:39.

them. Let us see what happens with our friends at Groupama. Nothing

:24:40.:24:47.

between the two. Ben Ainslie said to focus on the handling, he has got it

:24:48.:24:51.

so it may not have gone as smoothly as he would have liked. Will

:24:52.:24:57.

Groupama have enough speed and not let Ben Ainslie roll over the top?

:24:58.:25:03.

The instructions clearly working because Land Rover BAR have moved

:25:04.:25:05.

ahead of Softbank team Japan and the French, hitting the front. As they

:25:06.:25:18.

head into gate three. Wonderful third to first move in this last

:25:19.:25:27.

leg. Ben Ainslie on Land Rover BAR saying they are in a match. That if

:25:28.:25:32.

Ron start to gybe, Land Rover to one macro will start to gybe. The

:25:33.:25:39.

decision taken in a flurry of activity. Working so hard to

:25:40.:25:48.

minimise the time lost. The French have simply sailed better so far in

:25:49.:25:52.

this event. They are really in the hunt, they are sailing and more

:25:53.:25:59.

aware and confident with each other. But did they just put themselves in

:26:00.:26:03.

a tough spot? Gybing right into bad air behind Ben Ainslie. It has

:26:04.:26:13.

allowed Land Rover BAR to take the lead that they are building towards

:26:14.:26:20.

as they round gate four. They are ahead of the French by a small

:26:21.:26:24.

margin. Emirates Team New Zealand suddenly back in the picture as

:26:25.:26:29.

well. Softbank team Japan have to give way straightaway, the French

:26:30.:26:34.

have do gybe they have to go around the mark. This a dangerous spot for

:26:35.:26:43.

this time in the race. Every sinew being stretched but it does look as

:26:44.:26:48.

if British sailing fans will have more to celebrate here. On the

:26:49.:26:54.

shores of Portsmouth as Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR storm their way

:26:55.:27:00.

to the finishing line, they both put up a handy lead and this would

:27:01.:27:05.

represent an excellent return for their hard work. Still powering the

:27:06.:27:17.

boat forward. Two victories for Land Rover BAR and Ben Ainslie with

:27:18.:27:22.

another special moment for British racing and the man at the helm

:27:23.:27:27.

congratulated by his team-mates. A job well done, two wins out of three

:27:28.:27:32.

and giving the crowd exactly what they came for. The racing was very

:27:33.:27:37.

tight, as you saw. A lot of boat handling was critical. Especially

:27:38.:27:42.

going round the gates, the guys did a good job in stressful

:27:43.:27:46.

circumstances. You have five of the best teams in the world breathing

:27:47.:27:51.

down your neck so it is not easy. We have all seen Ben Ainslie,

:27:52.:27:54.

particularly in the Olympic arena pull something out when he had to,

:27:55.:27:58.

way surprised at how he came back from the first race? Absolutely not.

:27:59.:28:03.

He has so much more experience in this type of boat and at this venue.

:28:04.:28:09.

It would be amazing to me if he doesn't come out on top this weekend

:28:10.:28:13.

frankly. They have probably done 100 more days in this boat than anyone

:28:14.:28:18.

else out here. That doesn't excuse the performances from guys like

:28:19.:28:21.

ourselves and some of the other top teams who didn't do well today. We

:28:22.:28:27.

just need to start making less mistakes around the racecourse. Day

:28:28.:28:31.

one imports must and not the easiest day? A tough day for everyone. A

:28:32.:28:36.

locked position changes, you can be first or last in an instant. Not a

:28:37.:28:41.

bad day for us, we are sailing better yesterday. Two second places,

:28:42.:28:47.

we made a mistake in the last one but it is all tied up for tomorrow

:28:48.:28:54.

and it is really open, the regatta. After three complete races here on

:28:55.:28:58.

day one in Portsmouth it is the home team who topped the leaderboard.

:28:59.:29:01.

Courtesy of two race wins. A good David Dean Barker and

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Softbank team Japan. Jimmy Spittal and Oracle Team USA will not be

:29:13.:29:18.

happy down in fourth. It is quite a sight watching these boats fly

:29:19.:29:21.

around the Solent but in Bermuda next year they will not be racing in

:29:22.:29:26.

these boats, these machines promise to take the sport to a whole new

:29:27.:29:28.

level. The teams are not allowed to launch

:29:29.:29:38.

the boats for next year 's cup until just after Christmas but they are

:29:39.:29:41.

allowed to make test builds which is exactly what they have been doing

:29:42.:29:52.

and the results are spectacular. The boats the teams are striving towards

:29:53.:29:56.

will be 50 foot long, and just like the World Series boats they will be

:29:57.:30:00.

foil and wind powered multihulls. They can only build one ultimate cup

:30:01.:30:08.

built, so they have looked outside of hailing and are drawing on

:30:09.:30:10.

technology from all manner of industries. And at Land Rover BAR

:30:11.:30:17.

the man running the show is a very high-tech person. Martin, sailing is

:30:18.:30:22.

not your world, where have you come from? I was 25 years motor racing,

:30:23.:30:29.

mainly Formula 1. I got involved in this as a non-sailor knowing nothing

:30:30.:30:33.

about the America's Cup. A lot of people wondered why I wanted to do

:30:34.:30:37.

this, and it is a much smaller environment compared to motor racing

:30:38.:30:41.

but that is part of the appeal. I think it's fresher. The rule book is

:30:42.:30:44.

more open, there's more opportunity to differentiate. Formula 1 has

:30:45.:30:49.

grown stacks of rules and regulations such that it's

:30:50.:30:53.

increasingly difficult to make a difference. Here I think there's a

:30:54.:30:57.

great opportunity. 165 years after the cup was made, it's never been on

:30:58.:31:01.

our mantelpiece in this country and I think to be part of that process

:31:02.:31:04.

which hopefully achieves that I think is exciting for all of us.

:31:05.:31:08.

From a technological approach just explain to us what you have to do to

:31:09.:31:15.

do that. Well we don't know yet. But we think we know. I think the

:31:16.:31:19.

history in America's Cup is generally the quickest boat wins.

:31:20.:31:24.

Simply put within the confines of the class will we've got to give

:31:25.:31:29.

them the quickest boat and that's what we are hoping to do. What are

:31:30.:31:34.

the challenge to making that happen? These are big, powerful, complex

:31:35.:31:37.

boats. America's Cup has really changed. They were already complex,

:31:38.:31:44.

big powerful catamarans, foiling has changed the sport. The challenge is

:31:45.:31:49.

how to develop these technologies. When they are performing well, less

:31:50.:31:55.

than 1% of the surface area is in water, so they are not boats as we

:31:56.:32:00.

know it. That means the sport changes, the technical challenges,

:32:01.:32:02.

materials, control systems, electronics, hydraulics, all things

:32:03.:32:08.

that were present before are probably orders of magnitude more

:32:09.:32:12.

complex and critical. What do you think you have brought to it? Well I

:32:13.:32:16.

think more importantly I think there is a fantastically strong team here.

:32:17.:32:20.

We've got a team where we've got America's Cup grandees, these are

:32:21.:32:23.

guys who have been around for awhile, done America's Cup

:32:24.:32:26.

challengers, they know what it's like to win the Cup. More recently

:32:27.:32:30.

we've brought people with backgrounds such as myself,

:32:31.:32:39.

automotive, aerospace. They bring, commentary skills which is crucial

:32:40.:32:44.

to us getting the most out of the process -- complementary skills. The

:32:45.:32:48.

crowds are back in their thousands on day two and Land Rover BAR are

:32:49.:32:53.

the team to beat. In the world of the America's Cup Eckel Sunday super

:32:54.:32:55.

Sunday because it's double points racing which means we could see

:32:56.:33:04.

dramatic changes on the leaderboard. Setting up for the first race of the

:33:05.:33:09.

day in these iconic waters, a brand-new opportunity, then, for the

:33:10.:33:13.

whole fleet. Very different conditions to yesterday. The wind

:33:14.:33:14.

has picked write-up. The first race of day to, the breeze

:33:15.:33:26.

having kicked in, the fleet ready faction to make their mark on the of

:33:27.:33:30.

the Solent. Double points on offer, and they are away at speed. Lets see

:33:31.:33:36.

who can get up on the foil the quickest and Ainsley starts the

:33:37.:33:43.

closest to us. He's been doing that consistently you just want clear

:33:44.:33:46.

air. He has confidence on his ability to get through the fleet if

:33:47.:33:50.

he gets behind and he doesn't want to take the chance of getting spat

:33:51.:33:54.

out the back. Good, conservative start by Ben Ainslie that might have

:33:55.:34:00.

him first coming into mark number one. Sucked and incinerating site to

:34:01.:34:04.

see these boats upon the foils. Really going for it in the early

:34:05.:34:10.

stages, as they hit Mach one, Land Rover BAR and Sir Ben Ainslie in

:34:11.:34:11.

front. All action on the Artemis Racing

:34:12.:34:26.

boat. They are heading down wind at high speed. Everybody chasing the

:34:27.:34:35.

home team boat right now. Ainslie has come to play, two out of three

:34:36.:34:39.

race wins yesterday. Nice little jump today. At Oracle Team USA, it's

:34:40.:34:46.

amazing how close they are to the leaders of the overall series, yet

:34:47.:34:48.

they haven't won regatta. So come into gate to, and it is Land

:34:49.:35:06.

Rover BAR rounding it the quickest, they are informed by some 20 metres

:35:07.:35:11.

or so. But Oracle Team USA are hard on the heels. Coming a little bit

:35:12.:35:18.

deeper. You see the other boat struggling to get their angle is

:35:19.:35:21.

correct behind them. This will be a nice gap for first and second placed

:35:22.:35:26.

boats. It could turn into a two boat race quickly. Everybody chasing Land

:35:27.:35:32.

Rover BAR currently, who are ripping their way forwards. And once again

:35:33.:35:36.

we are seeing this battle between Sir Ben Ainslie and Jimmy Spithill,

:35:37.:35:40.

former team-mate but great rivals. They will be relishing this battle

:35:41.:35:45.

together. What a sight for tens of thousands of sports fans. These

:35:46.:35:49.

aren't just sailing fans. You walk around the waterfront and talk to

:35:50.:35:53.

people and ask them, are you a sailor? At least 50% of the time

:35:54.:35:57.

they say no, they are just here to watch a cool sporting event, and

:35:58.:36:01.

what a venue for it. Amazing location, amazing sight. Another

:36:02.:36:05.

thousand or so boats on the water watching as well. This is what the

:36:06.:36:11.

modern America's Cup is all about. Land Rover BAR and Oracle Team USA

:36:12.:36:24.

locked in battle. Ainslie will definitely be keeping a close eye on

:36:25.:36:27.

Oracle Team USA. These two boats had a big jump. They had a big jump on

:36:28.:36:34.

the rest of the fleet. So it turns into a bit of a match race, they

:36:35.:36:39.

will watch each other, and Ainslie will not let Oracle out of their

:36:40.:36:49.

sites very far. Teamwork in action. Going up wind, they overstepped the

:36:50.:36:54.

mark a little bit which means they probably went a little too far onto

:36:55.:36:59.

their lay line, onto the closest course of the mark, but it allows

:37:00.:37:02.

them to pop up on the foils before they go round the mark, probably net

:37:03.:37:07.

even when it's all said and done. Lose a bit of ground but go quite a

:37:08.:37:12.

bit faster. We saw those manoeuvres taking that much longer yesterday,

:37:13.:37:17.

didn't we? These are altogether different conditions, hence the

:37:18.:37:22.

flight time for Land Rover BAR, time spent literally in the air.

:37:23.:37:28.

The beauty of this course, as we were mentioning throughout

:37:29.:37:33.

yesterday, just how close they are the 30 metres offshore. Stadium

:37:34.:37:39.

racing here in the Solent. Sir Ben Ainslie ripping through the gears.

:37:40.:37:42.

Ripping through the gate and 24 knots right now. This is not your

:37:43.:37:51.

grandmother's America's Cup. Ramsgate four and back up wind they

:37:52.:37:57.

go. Very smooth rounding. Nice smooth job getting from on the foils

:37:58.:38:00.

back into displacement mode as they go back up wind. That was a perfect

:38:01.:38:07.

mark round. So still it is Land Rover BAR who are bossing the race,

:38:08.:38:12.

this opening race of day two of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World

:38:13.:38:20.

Series. Unlike five of seven. You look back at the pack, Oracle racing

:38:21.:38:23.

has a nice lay line meaning the direct cause into this gate down

:38:24.:38:28.

forward on the right-hand side of our screen is Artemis Racing who

:38:29.:38:31.

have passed Emirates Team New Zealand. Into third place the

:38:32.:38:39.

Swedes, behind Oracle Team USA. Land Rover BAR leading from the front as

:38:40.:38:45.

they round gate five. Artemis Racing might make this mark and actually

:38:46.:38:49.

get around and be very close to second place. Bit of an over

:38:50.:38:54.

stand-by Oracle racing which means they've allowed Mr get right back in

:38:55.:39:00.

the hunt. Great regatta last time out in Chicago for the Swedes.

:39:01.:39:08.

SoftBank Team Japan disputing fourth and fifth, and the French in six as

:39:09.:39:16.

they head down wind once again. Very close call between Emirates Team New

:39:17.:39:21.

Zealand and Artemis Racing. Land Rover BAR flying across the water,

:39:22.:39:28.

46% of the time up on the foils. We are going to see this time and again

:39:29.:39:32.

in the coming months particularly as we had to Bermuda where the boats

:39:33.:39:36.

are very much built for this kind of thing. Exactly. They are talking

:39:37.:39:41.

about for healing in Bermuda up wind up as well as down wind, so they are

:39:42.:39:46.

flying all the time down wind, and they are not flying upwind. In

:39:47.:39:51.

Bermuda we might see it close to 100% of the time. Absolutely

:39:52.:39:59.

steaming away to the finish line. Land Rover BAR and Sir Ben Ainslie

:40:00.:40:02.

driving the boat to the finish line to the delight of thousands of

:40:03.:40:10.

supporters revelling in these conditions, revelling in the success

:40:11.:40:15.

of seeing their men, the hometown team. STUDIO: So Land Rover BAR

:40:16.:40:19.

start dating with another win putting them one step closer to

:40:20.:40:24.

victory here in Portsmouth. They are a tight-knit team, fully focused on

:40:25.:40:27.

winning together in whatever they do, as I found out last week.

:40:28.:40:33.

Sailing America's Cup boats is really full on, you've got to have

:40:34.:40:37.

some relaxation. To get a bit of time off, what do they want to do?

:40:38.:40:39.

Something competitive. I want to see a good 200 yard are

:40:40.:40:58.

here unleashed. You be quiet. Heh heh! Nice. That's quite the opposite

:40:59.:41:06.

of mine. Grown-up sailing against each other in the programme and

:41:07.:41:13.

started match racing. In every book I have sailed with him I've always

:41:14.:41:16.

wanted him to be the guy at the front, got confident he will do the

:41:17.:41:20.

right thing at the right time, and then you can abuse him afterwards

:41:21.:41:24.

when he does and which is just as much fun. We are good mates and

:41:25.:41:29.

we've known each other for a long time and it's part of what makes us

:41:30.:41:34.

so strong, when we get into the nitty-gritty bit of it, we just want

:41:35.:41:37.

to work for each other. It is massively important, if you all pull

:41:38.:41:41.

together you will be much better together. You are going to win this

:41:42.:41:47.

hole, I can see it. He's the only one who can beat me. He's the only

:41:48.:41:52.

one who can't hit the ball off the floor, can't hit it far enough to

:41:53.:41:57.

lose it. Great guys to have on-board, you can guarantee that not

:41:58.:42:01.

only they will give 100%, at the boat handling will always be spot

:42:02.:42:05.

on. You can suggest something to them, it's all constructive just to

:42:06.:42:09.

try to make the boat go faster. It's good to have that relationship with

:42:10.:42:12.

the guys that everyone can say what they think and know one will take

:42:13.:42:15.

offence and everyone will take it on board. I thought you were going to

:42:16.:42:26.

get it close. No chance. Ho Ho! Bend's are really amazing guy.

:42:27.:42:31.

There's a lot of joking. When it comes to getting serious it gets

:42:32.:42:36.

properly serious. He's a mate all sailors and everything but he's

:42:37.:42:41.

also, he wants to win as much as anyone, more than anyone, and is

:42:42.:42:44.

pretty serious about getting the job done. He's probably the most focused

:42:45.:42:48.

out of everyone that we get on the water, and he's a good example for

:42:49.:42:54.

all of us. Then is probably the biggest man in our team. It's his

:42:55.:42:59.

name above the door, he's the one that brings the money in, gets the

:43:00.:43:02.

team rolling. He's putting everything into this and we need to

:43:03.:43:06.

be doing the same. Come on then, you've got to make it off the tee.

:43:07.:43:18.

Hey hey!. It's great to be part of something British. Everybody goes

:43:19.:43:21.

that extra mile to try to help bring the cup home. To achieve something

:43:22.:43:27.

that no other team has done that's represented this country basically

:43:28.:43:29.

means everything and this is a massive opportunity for us to do it.

:43:30.:43:34.

So all we want to do is get it done, bring it back. They are a passionate

:43:35.:43:45.

bunch Sir Ben Ainslie has on-board. It was a lot of fun filming that.

:43:46.:43:48.

There's no messing about now, they've got their game faces on.

:43:49.:43:53.

Let's get back out on the water. COMMENTATOR: Lined up for race two,

:43:54.:43:57.

the penultimate race of the Portsmouth event, just two more

:43:58.:44:00.

chances to snaffle the valuable points, with the boats all vying for

:44:01.:44:04.

position already. You could see it was all clear. Artemis Racing and

:44:05.:44:08.

SoftBank Team Japan with really solid starts. Four boats in the

:44:09.:44:14.

front line going into Mach number one with Ainslie getting spit out

:44:15.:44:19.

the back a bit. On-board Oracle Team USA in these early stages as they

:44:20.:44:27.

get up on the foils nice and quick. Just radical action! Oh, that's

:44:28.:44:29.

fantastic. We go on board with Artemis Racing.

:44:30.:44:43.

It is more like stockcar racing that anything we have seen. Cutting in

:44:44.:44:48.

front is not exactly drafting but you are in a position to go three

:44:49.:44:58.

wide going into a corner. Testing racing for all of these sailors and

:44:59.:45:01.

everything happening at breakneck speed. Not a perfect job for Oracle

:45:02.:45:09.

Team USA but they come out of it OK. You can see how unstable things get

:45:10.:45:14.

from time to time, especially when gybing for positioning going into

:45:15.:45:17.

gate number one. Fascinating on the water views of these things foaming.

:45:18.:45:26.

Oracle Team USA setting the pace from SoftBank Team Japan and Artemis

:45:27.:45:32.

Racing and Land Rover BAR contesting fourth and third. The French at the

:45:33.:45:38.

back. Roles reversed in the second race of the day. It is the Americans

:45:39.:45:42.

leading the way currently with a 90 metres lead over Land Rover BAR who

:45:43.:45:49.

were victorious in the opening race of the day. Jimmy Spittal Hill and

:45:50.:45:52.

Sir Ben Ainslie going head-to-head once more at the front of the fleet.

:45:53.:45:58.

They will love this battle. Jimmy Spithill arrived with the stated

:45:59.:46:05.

intention of spoiling Ben Ainslie's day. So many people have turned out

:46:06.:46:09.

to see him. The most decorated Olympic sailor in history. A tight

:46:10.:46:17.

battle between all three of these guys, Emirates Team New Zealand come

:46:18.:46:23.

across ahead of Japan and Britain. This is a change of events. --

:46:24.:46:31.

Britain. One point is so desperate for these guys. Ben Ainslie

:46:32.:46:35.

concentrate so much on SoftBank Team Japan that he is passed by Emirates

:46:36.:46:40.

Team New Zealand. These are the runaway leaders.

:46:41.:46:50.

So well led by Jimmy Spittal, the youngest skipper to win the

:46:51.:47:01.

America's Cup way back in 2010 as a 30-year-old before producing the

:47:02.:47:06.

goods in 2013 in the waters of San Francisco. Tom Slingsby saying they

:47:07.:47:13.

are on a match with Ben Ainslie, so they want to stay between Ben

:47:14.:47:17.

Ainslie and the mark. Another fascinating dynamic. They want to

:47:18.:47:23.

know how much the Americans are keeping a close eye on the Brits.

:47:24.:47:27.

Are they keeping one eye all the time on Ben Ainslie and Land Rover

:47:28.:47:33.

BAR. Right now they are. For two reasons, they want to beat them in

:47:34.:47:37.

the race and they want to give Ben, if they are close enough, as much

:47:38.:47:43.

disturbed air, wing wash as we call it, not much Jimmy Spithill can do

:47:44.:47:49.

from an interference level on a downwind leg like this. He could

:47:50.:47:55.

throw a bit of bad air, 34% of flight time in this race, not nearly

:47:56.:48:00.

as good as 48% that Ben Ainslie had in the first race but not bad. It

:48:01.:48:05.

will be interesting to see a comparison against everybody else

:48:06.:48:09.

when the race is over. That number seeming to rise as they powered

:48:10.:48:13.

downwind towards the finishing line. The Americans are some way out in

:48:14.:48:17.

front, 26 knots being cranked up here. Land Rover BA are and Japan

:48:18.:48:25.

occupying second and third places. The Americans are runaway leaders in

:48:26.:48:31.

race two. Oracle Team USA and Jimmy Spithill rounding gate six and the

:48:32.:48:36.

short stretch to the finish. They have been incredibly consistent here

:48:37.:48:41.

in Portsmouth. They have yet to top the leaderboard. That will happen

:48:42.:48:46.

here in a few moments time as they reorganise themselves and power

:48:47.:48:50.

towards the finishing line. It will be a first victory here on the

:48:51.:48:55.

Solent for Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA. One in the eye for the

:48:56.:49:02.

British crew and it has perhaps come from their main rival, Jimmy

:49:03.:49:06.

Spithill and Oracle Team USA. Not far away, Land Rover BAR and Sir Ben

:49:07.:49:11.

Ainslie but having to settle for second this time. The Japanese

:49:12.:49:16.

following in behind them. That win for the American set up a tense

:49:17.:49:21.

finish in Portsmouth. Land Rover BAR just three points ahead of Oracle

:49:22.:49:27.

Team USA. This is it, the final race of the weekend. The points are so

:49:28.:49:33.

close that it is all on. Last chance for the fleet to show their

:49:34.:49:37.

capabilities in front of this huge crowd on the waterfront, the final

:49:38.:49:41.

race of the day and of the series. Emirates Team New Zealand riding

:49:42.:49:47.

very close to that marker but they are away. Oracle pulled the trigger

:49:48.:49:50.

better than anyone else in that start. Ben Ainslie caught up in a

:49:51.:49:55.

ball of four bugs but it looked like he might have escaped it but Oracle

:49:56.:50:01.

mailed the timing. Oracle Team USA off to a great start. All hands to

:50:02.:50:08.

the pump as they reach for the first mark with the bank looming

:50:09.:50:14.

interview. We already have battle joined between Oracle Team USA and

:50:15.:50:19.

Land Rover BAR. Sir Ben Ainslie looking to guide his crew to a

:50:20.:50:23.

second victory today. So to, Jimmy Spithill, huge imbalance by the Land

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Rover boat there. Not the smoothest gybe but this is a game of inches

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right now so I don't think you can make any mistakes and come out

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ahead. One bad gybe and look how big the lead is now for Oracle compare

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to how it was before that gybe. Oracle Team USA hard at work.

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Forcing that boat further, faster and stronger. Trying to apply

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pressure at every key moment. The current leaders of this race. Oracle

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Team USA. Streaking ahead and downwind to gate four. If the race

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were to stop now, it would be Land Rover BAR who led the series as they

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head to Bermuda next June. The first and second places in the America's

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Cup World Series over all carry points through to the America's Cup

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qualify as proper in Bermuda. With this setup right now and the double

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points, I was not very good in mathematics at school, the Americans

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are one point by kind, they need a boat between themselves and Ben

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Ainslie. Will they be computing that on board? They will be talking about

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it. They have to be talking about it. It depends if they are happy

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with second place overall in the event. They could slow them down,

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team New Zealand are not far behind now. Can they slay Ben Ainslie done

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enough to get team New Zealand back in the game. It is tricky, they

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would have to get one boat in between and going at speed it is not

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easy. A game of cat and mouse out on the Solent. For the time being, no

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sign of respite from Oracle Team USA. Oracle Team USA really sailing

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high right now which means close to the wind. Land Rover double tacks

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and so do Oracle, there is cat and mouse going on, I am surprised

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Oracle has not come back a little more to affect them even more.

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Interesting move by Ben Ainslie. He let team New Zealand go in the top

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left of our screen. In order to stay with team Japan on this side of the

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racecourse, he just needs to keep in second place. If he does too many

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manoeuvres, he slows the game down and lets the others back in. Heading

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towards gate five. That'll well and truly joined. Oracle Team USA 130

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metres in front of the British boat. Going at some speed now. Another

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manoeuvre from the Americans which will slow them up a touch. The

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Americans tacked right on the lay line. Ben Ainslie tacks right on top

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of Dean Barker to make sure he stays in between but where are the Kiwis?

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Did they make enough of a game? It looks like Ben Ainslie is still

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ahead of that pack as we go back out to the wide screen in a. You can see

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Ben Ainslie racing right on top of SoftBank Team Japan. Same strategy

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that Oracle would doing to him, he is doing to them. Using wing wash to

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affect them and push them backwards. He now just needs a smooth ride into

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the finish. Land Rover BAR into gate five, Emirates Team New Zealand are

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in third place. Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR just need to finish

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second, the regatta will be theirs and the series lead will be theirs

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were just a single point. That is how tight this is right now. I was a

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bit ignorant with my mathematics earlier on in this game but that is

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the case. One boat has to be in between the Americans and the Brits

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for the Americans to win. The Brits have been so smooth downwind. He is

:54:27.:54:30.

looking around to deciding what to do, will they stop at this next gate

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to mix it up on the last gate. Is that a possibility? Absolutely. Land

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Rover BAR operating at speeds of up to 19 knots, slowing on the turn.

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Looking to apply a little extra heat to Oracle Team USA. SoftBank Team

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Japan some 130 metres behind the British boat. Seemingly second-place

:54:56.:54:59.

in the bag but nothing can be discounted at this stage. Up towards

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gate six. The final gate, it is a short finish remember. Oracle Team

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USA seemingly intent on heading there at some lick. No slowing up

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from the Americans. Land Rover BAR at ten behind them looking to finish

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in second place and take the regatta and the America's Cup World Series

:55:28.:55:33.

lead. Cheered on by the thousands on the waterfront, the union flags are

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up but it is Oracle Team USA who win the race. And they are some 85

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metres clear of Land Rover BAR who will scheme in for second place. It

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will mean victory in the regatta here in Portsmouth. Active back wins

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for the British boat. The double in Portsmouth for Land Rover BAR and

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four Ben Ainslie. With it comes the series lead over all. Fantastic

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racing, obviously a little bit of emotion. Everyone works hard out

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there but to win in front of your home crowd, there is nothing more

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special. It is amazing for us as a home team to be able to win these

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home races. It is why we train and compete. We try and do Portsmouth

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proud, a fantastic event. I cannot say enough about how well the guys

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sailed these boats, it is meant to be tough to sail around these tight

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courses. It was as good as anyone, if not better and put us in good

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stead for the weekend. That is it for the weekend, what a win for the

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local team, Land Rover BAR, topping the leaderboard import smut.

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Ladies and gentlemen, the local team, Land Rover BAR. CHEERING

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And there is now just one point separating first and second on the

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World Series rankings. Land Rover BAR jumped up into first place but

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right behind them, Oracle Team USA. Emirates Team New Zealand drop-down

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two places to third. It has been quite a weekend here in Portsmouth.

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That if that is a taster of what we can expect next year in Bermuda, we

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are in for a real treat. This weekend will be remembered for the

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home team Ben Ainslie and his boys delivering when it matters most.

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Another special moment for British racing, victory in the regatta here

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in Portsmouth and with it comes the series lead over all.

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This place is home to more than 80,000 refugees,

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Highlights from the latest leg of the America's Cup World Series, in which four-time Olympic sailing champion Sir Ben Ainslie continues his attempt to guide a British team to one of the most prestigious trophies in sport.

Ainslie masterminded a spectacular comeback for the Oracle Team USA in the 2013 America's Cup. He subsequently set up Ben Ainslie Racing in Portsmouth, where his team will be vying for a repeat of 2015's victory at the start of this preliminary series.

The British team went into this seventh of nine legs in second place overall, with the top two finishers due to go head to head next year for the right to face the reigning champions in Bermuda.


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