Play-Offs - Day One Sailing: America's Cup


Play-Offs - Day One

Shirley Robertson presents highlights of the opening day of the challenger play-off finals from the 2017 America's Cup, which is taking place in Bermuda.


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It's the greatest show on water. The fastest boats, the biggest names,

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the 35th America's Cup has come to Bermuda. Five teams competing in

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qualifying fighting for the right to challenge the defenders Oracle Team

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USA for international sports oldest trophy. France the first to be

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eliminated. After 166 year wait there was high hopes this time

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Britain would bring the cup home but it was disappointment for Ben

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Ainslie and his Land Rover BAR team. Knocked out in the semifinals by the

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inform New Zealanders. The late win goes on after a gruelling three and

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a half year campaign. In a quest for the America's Cup many British

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campaigns have started by assembling a long list of world and Olympic

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champions for the crew. Success in the cup requires more than a

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collection of glittering CDE's. Nobody knows this better than Ben

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Ainslie. This event is his fourth campaign, when he joined his first

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in 2000 he had two Olympic medals. He had only held a junior role

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aboard the boat. After the 2004 Olympics and with another gold medal

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to his name he joined team New Zealand as a second helmsman in the

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2007 campaign before going on to perform the same role with Oracle

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Team USA in 2013. Within two consecutive campaigns he had

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witnessed both defeat and victory. So when it came to forming his own

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team he knew what he needed. The announcement of Ben Ainslie Racing

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in June 2014 came with royal approval. It also came with solid

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backing from an impressive consortium of wealth they

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accomplished and experienced individuals led by Sir Charles

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Thompson and Sir Keith Mills. Shortly afterwards the team began

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building an impressive base in Portsmouth overlooking the water in

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which the cup had been conceived. To bring the America's Cup home would

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be a lifelong ambition. Our maritime history is so strong in the UK and

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this is the one thing we've never won. Being based in Portsmouth we

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could bring the cup back to where it started. All of us that would be a

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huge achievement. After an inconsistent run in the round-robin

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series Britain found themselves up against a faster New Zealand boat

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the semifinals. It did not start well. Damage to the wing caused them

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to retire and they had to forfeit the second race with repairs under

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way. The Kiwis were not faultless themselves, flipping over in the

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most dramatic moment of the America's Cup so far. But in the end

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they proved too good. Britain work out so what went wrong? A lot of the

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decisions we make we make as a team. You look at how the boats raced,

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every area interlinks. It's the whole package and everyone, the

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whole team is responsible for that and putting that together and like I

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say we win lose as a team and I am proud of every single person's

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effort in that team. I am a competitive person and the team is

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very competitive, we wanted the winning and that's the target and

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that's the same but now we move forward and the goal is still to win

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the America's Cup. British interest far from over however, Sweden's

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Artemis Racing have a strong contingent from UK shores. The team

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is managed by Iain Percy and they came from 4-1 down to beat Japan in

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the other semifinal. I think there are more Brits in our team than any

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other nationality. It's nice to be on the grinding pedestal with my old

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mate Chris Brittle, he manages to cover me through the tough periods.

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He's a fantastic ambassador for British sailing and British bought,

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fantastic athlete. What is going to win this challenger final? Starting,

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then our race that does not have any mistakes from that moment on.

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Starting is a real strength of our as, pretty deliberate calm and

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professional after that. We are quite a hard team to pass. I feel

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strong in that respect. These things, it is sport, it is hard and

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aggressive and they are a strong team and it will come down to

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sometimes that split-second decision in the last ten seconds before the

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start but I back Nathan any day of the week. This challenger final is a

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best of nine race series, first to five wins. Conditions on day one

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look challenging, like an difficult, it's going to be a hard day.

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COMMENTATOR: Welcome to the scene for the first day of the play-off

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final, a two-minute start sequence followed by a critical high-speed

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race to mark one. A final bash to the finish only 200 metres from the

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America's Cup Village. Here we go, the America's Cup

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challenge play-off finals under way, first of five race wins becomes the

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challenger, make or break for these two. Are they playing safe for the

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one team roll the dice? We are already seeing action we have not

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seen before, it is only eight and a half knots of breeze which is barely

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foiling conditions. It will be fascinating to see. If team New

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Zealand, the aggressiveness graced based on their stability, if that is

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negated by this choice, I think they're a bit late in air. The chase

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on to the start line. Nathan Etheridge will be -- Nathan

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Outteridge will be much the happier. But we have seen the Kiwis put in

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some great performances here in Bermuda in lighter air. But it is

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Sweden who are getting a really good, clean start and already at 25

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knots safely up onto the foils and screaming towards the. We have three

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day but whether they liked air foils versus the heavy air foils played a

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part in that pre-start, certainly Sweden with port tack entry, coming

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in from the left-hand side, they got to pick and choose the time they

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wanted to go back toward the line far more effectively than Emirates

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Team New Zealand. So they have a good lead coming mark one. The wind

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speed may only be eight or nine knots but these boats well capable

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of moving at speeds of four times the Varty speed. Around the first

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marker ago the Swedish team, Emirates Team New Zealand following

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them around the mark. It's amazing how much good old-fashioned

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weatherman comes into play on a day like today. For those of us who are

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just joining the America's Cup you can have two different types of

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dagger boards, if you are trying to, if you're trying to lift the ball

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out of the water which is so crucial, at lower speeds, lighter

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winds conditions, you want the bigger wings on. Artemus has them in

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today but team New Zealand does not. Lets get an idea how late you can

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leave that decision, what is the protocol, you might have to make

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decisions at eight, nine o'clock in the morning for wind conditions

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which are late in the afternoon? That is right, you cannot just snap

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your fingers and change the boards in a muddle of minutes, there's a

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lot of work to be done. They will start talking at around eight

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o'clock in the morning, the boat goes on the water around 10am so

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everything needs to be decided by 9am. Pretty tight out there, not a

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lot to choose between them and Emirates Team New Zealand making

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good progress in closing the gap. We will know all out more about whether

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they think their foils are going to work in this lighter air are not

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based on some of the decisions. Surprisingly did not Jaidee burrow

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into the other mark and do a split. They followed Artemis and let the

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chips fall where they may. These guys are feeling each other out

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right now, they have made dramatic changes to their boats since they

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raced last, let's see how fast we are compare to the other guy. The

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Kiwi 's hacking a little earlier than the Swedes -- tacking a little

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earlier than the Swedes in an attempt to break the spell. Every

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manoeuvre inevitably involving a loss of speed for a moment or two.

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Bob splashing down after the attack here is the tack from the Kiwis.

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Pretty slick. That is like what we have seen in the past, had the pace

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going into the tack, just that turn. Artemis will still cross but as we

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always assumed, not by much. So the Kiwis are beginning to pass,

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they have made excellent ground, that was a tidy manoeuvre, very

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clean, crisp tack and it put them marginally in front. We just saw the

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opposite of what we thought we would see, they bought with the light air

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boards which is Artemis definitely did not tack quite as effectively.

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This is classic match racing, pinching manoeuvre. Artemis trying

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to get underneath. They will be protected by the border here

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shortly, this is going to be a critical tack. Who does it best

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coming up to the boundary? Approaching crunch time as the

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boundary comes into view. Artemis can tack. Too late, inside the

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boundary they go. That will encourage penalty as a result.

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That's a major setback for Nathan Outteridge and his crew. The Kiwis

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are heading off out in front having made a rather better fist of things.

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An unforced error, exactly at the wrong time. They had all the right

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in the world to tack whenever they wanted to, when they entered the

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three boat length zone within the boundary and they still have the

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penalty, half to drop back two full boat lengths. Just made a silly

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mistake going into the boundary. Round gate three, downwind once

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more. It's the turn of Artemis Racing to do the chasing. That's a

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manoeuvre and a penalty up at the boundary which is costing them.

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Quite a different way of managing that human power. These guys went

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from leg muscles, the others went for the arm muscles. The debate is

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still raging as to which is the more efficient! Maybe we will have some

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statistics in a little while to analyse the power

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output of each of the different boats and different techniques, the

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site clause as they become known. The traditional grinders. The Kiwis

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certainly think this cycling method gives them some edge. It may only be

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one of several, but certainly hear they've been served well by it in

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Bermuda. How cool is the choreography of the crew work as

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they come across the boat? We have to go back and look at that again.

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How and where each person positions themselves coming out of the tack.

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In these breezy conditions... Turning up went once more and the

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boat handling is good from Peter Burling. Glenn Ashby, they are all

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in perfect unison. Nathan Outteridge, putting him under a

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degree of pressure in the Swedish boat. It is interesting, talking

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about the light air boards versus the breezy ones. It seems to me that

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Emirates Team New Zealand has an edge in staying up on the foils and

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the tacks. How does that look there? The manoeuvres seem a little

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smoother and more consistent. There are patches of the course where the

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breeze is less, and Artemis Racing are gaining. They pop up earlier but

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as the breeze builds like at the moment, Team New Zealand have a

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speed advantage. Smaller boards, less drag and when they are in the

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air, they go faster. Race one of the America's Cup challenger play-offs

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final. The Swedes have it all to do here.

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A good thing for the Swedes is that at least they will be having a split

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up here. I would not be surprised if we see Emirates Team New Zealand

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gybe quickly, they will give up a bit but let's get over and stay on

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the same side of the racecourse. There is this breeze shifting, let's

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try and eliminate options. For Artemis Racing. Nathan Outteridge

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looking to chase down his old rival Peter Burling. They have met on

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countless different courses across the globe. One of the delicious

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subplots of this particular contest between Sweden and New Zealand.

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It will take something special from Artemis Racing if they are to close

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the gap with this sort of distance in the race left. Just half a leg

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before the final blast to the finish. They are a perfect

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illustration of the two different grinding

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Techniques. As a grinder, you really get to know the guy in front of you.

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Have you noticed that? Maybe not the parts that you would like! Here

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comes the choreography again. Ashby driving the boat coming out of the

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Jaipur Law. On the cockpit, at the back of the boat. There, the wing

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trimmer driving the boat. -- gybes. Burling comes in. Perfect. And it is

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all done with minimal chat. There really is little conversation on the

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boat. We have been watching for a couple of weeks, by contrast to the

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Swedes, they interacted huge amount. It seems to be done in telepathy.

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Through the final gate and heading for the finish line. A terrific

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display from the Kiwis. They have executed almost to

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perfection here this afternoon on the Great Sound. The New Zealanders.

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Such a contrast from the chaos and turmoil of Tuesday, when their boat

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did not look at its best. But this is a team in perfect unison at the

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moment. Very calm and very relaxed. Safely in the knowledge that they've

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got this first race tucked away in the bag. Good boat speed, all the

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way down the runway. The Kiwis take a 1-0 lead in the play-offs final.

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Overcoming something of a slow start, capitalising crucially on the

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Swedish penalty, just before gate three. New Zealand's up in the

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final. All done with minimal fuss. Small errors, really are made to pay

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on the Great Sound. That tack into the boundary was something that

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Nathan Outteridge and the rest of his Swedish crew will look back on

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with some regret, you feel. Many congratulations. We have got

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ahead in the final, what was the key, all about that tack where the

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Swedes went into the boundary and picked up the penalty? Yeah, we were

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happy with the start, it was tough to get the two drives to get back to

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the start. But the boys dug deep. We had some really nice tacks, on the

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right-hand side, it set it up nicely for us. We felt that we would try

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and tack on their backs. That was the race. Apart from that, we sailed

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well with a good start. Time to regroup and have another go. Race

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one of the Challenger finals, you cannot afford to be making unforced

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errors. A disappointing race for Artemis Racing but for the New

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Zealanders, they sailed flawlessly. Let's have a look at what happened

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in race two. COMMENTATOR: Race number two of the

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America's Cup challenger play-offs final. New Zealand and Peter Burling

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with a 1-0 lead, bursting to hammer home the advantage. We know how

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unpredictable these races can prove to be. Emirates Team New Zealand

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tacking to get back there. They decide to go for a high-speed start,

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settling for their position. Let's see who pulls the trigger the best.

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As we have seen on countless occasions here on the Great Sound,

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the timing of this is pivotal. Have the Swedes timed it well? It looks

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that way. Artemis Racing are off and running. The Kiwis alongside them.

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Both of the boats foiling early. Reaching up and beyond the 30 not

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mark. This is about angle into the Mark Wright now. Artemus holding

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them well above the mark. The mark is way down there. They are well

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above the mark. A tactical situation where they will try and get them to

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foul, he is actually heading up. Artemis Racing fully in control, a

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little loft, get them slow. Very good match racing tactics by Nathan

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Outteridge. The Swedes are off to a marginally better start, thanks to

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their helmsman. Aggressive ploys in these early exchanges, as they round

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mark one. And heads downwind for the first time. Two for two, starting

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for Nathan Outteridge. Here we go... Come on up and get out the way.

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Artemus is a lower boat with an overlap, so they are a right boat.

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Both did exactly what they needed to do. The Kiwi stay out the way. No

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harm, no foul. Race on. Both boats driving almost

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simultaneously. As we can see, just the most slender margins between the

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two. Instructive in the last couple of weeks to see how calm the New

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Zealanders are when they get a quicker after most would-be boat in

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front. They know their boat speed is good here. The heart reds of

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grinders, Anders Gustafsson, is all matched. I don't know what to say,

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it's 220 minus your age, the maximum heart rate. He is about 12 years

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old! If that is you or me... The next thing you know is there as an

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ambulance on the way, I can tell you that! The lights are flashing... The

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Kiwis following in, doing what they did in the first race. Using

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manoeuvrability and speed, two really tight and good rounds.

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Both boats clearly foiling through their tacks more effectively. It is

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the flat-out boat speed that sometimes you see the heavier air

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boards, not sometimes, all the time you see those, possibly being a

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little quicker. Look at the handhold here on the wheel. That is the

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helmsman, when he puts his hand on there, the helmsman controls the 4.5

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brake of the dagger boards. The lift or the drop of the boat.

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There are the two bike Law side-by-side. We may have the chance

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to have a tied to look at the foils themselves and the discrepancies

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between the 22-mac boats. The blades are quite straight on Artemis. A

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good foiling tack for New Zealand, they will use their wing wash to

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blow some disturbed air onto Emirates Team New Zealand. A lot of

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newcomers. Look at how straight the foil is. Dead straight. You can see

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the tip year, it is completely straight. If we have a look at the

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Kiwis in a minute, they definitely do not have that straight. Look at

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the bends to the foil. The kink in it on the Kiwi's boat. Compared to

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be super straight foil we saw. Amazing, they are very smart people.

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To accomplish the same thing, they've come up with completely

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different ways of designing it. That is as close as we have come to be

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foils so far. These guys can barely breathe without is picking up

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something! This is as close as we have been too good racing as well.

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50 metres between the two, less than one mistake. You better not come off

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your foils and attack otherwise the other boat will pass you and you

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will extend significantly. Just look at the grimacing faces, they are

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digging in here, the grinders. A relentless drive to the finish line

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from the outset. There is no letup. With three races today, depending on

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how much rotation they use in their squad, there is going to be some

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tired bodies this evening. These races are brutal, on the model day

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-- modern day after guard. There is zero room for mistakes, zero. What

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the Kiwis will hope will be their final tack into the gate. Artemis

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slamming right on top of them. Not literally but figuratively, of

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course. Using the wing wash, the disturbed air which will come off

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the back of the wing to slow down the Kiwis. Wright, smack our point.

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There is the wash, right on top. Perfectly timed by Artemis Racing.

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High up on the foils as they navigate around the Swedes. A narrow

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advantage but significant at the moment. Peter Burling is trying to

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work out ways and means of reeling the men from here... -- relaying

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them it in from here. The Kiwis are not going away. They

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are right there. One mistake... That's all it takes. We keep calling

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them one mistake leads, this is less than that.

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Both of the boats have been out of the water with the Lord -- hulls.

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Look at that, the gap closed from 150 to 65 metres. Still 100% of them

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up on the foils. You've always maintained within 150 you have a

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sniff? I think a bad tack is about 150 metres. That's the conclusion

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I've come to buy looking at the two weeks worth of racing so far. Easy

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to say from up here in the booth... Two more perfect tacks. Another part

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of the America's Cup is as you advance in the rounds, you see fewer

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and fewer mistakes. To see two boats flying 100% of the time is just

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stunning! It's remarkable. Let's check in with Joey, part of

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Oracle Team USA who is out on the water for us, anything you have

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picked up from this race we've not spotted that you think might be

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crucial? Looks like the Swedes might have enough to cling onto league

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again from the start. They are sailing fantastically. When the

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boats are on starboard tack Artemis does not have much of a speed gets

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it but when they are on poured tack like now they do. Know we are

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getting, that is good information. Whether it is true or not we are

:30:40.:30:43.

running with it. LAUGHTER OK! Struggling to squeeze the

:30:44.:30:50.

secrets of this mystifying sport out of Joey for a fortnight now but

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finally it is bearing fruit. Oracle racing, your team-mates, if I was

:30:59.:31:04.

watching this race right now, and I was on your team I would thinking

:31:05.:31:07.

this is about as high quality racing as you can get. 100% of the time,

:31:08.:31:14.

Zieler mistakes, the lead we saw off the line is the lead right now,

:31:15.:31:19.

quality. They have a special little room they set in and watch the

:31:20.:31:24.

races, they will be there getting a massage and watching the race and

:31:25.:31:29.

eating ice cream. Whilst you are struggling on the water right? I am

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toughing it out out here. Doing it for us, thank you joy. One more

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downwind leg. It is tight, really tight at the moment. The Kiwi is far

:31:44.:31:49.

from out of it. I think there will be a split, Iain Percy made the

:31:50.:31:58.

decision to not cover a there. The Kiwis have two tacks, the risk is a

:31:59.:32:09.

split as the next run, the final run to the finish.

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Similar speeds as they roamed the gate. Nathan Outteridge and his crew

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looking to cling onto this lead they have built and held, picking up some

:32:33.:32:39.

really useful speed away from the gate. As ever no panic on board

:32:40.:32:48.

Emirates Team New Zealand. Just resolve. And organisation. And hard

:32:49.:32:55.

work. Looking at the gauge to tell him where the boundary was, Peter

:32:56.:33:02.

Burling. Again, no chance at the bad manoeuvre for either boat. The Kiwis

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might just be reaping the benefits but the boat speed is now very

:33:11.:33:14.

similar as they head very close to the boundary edge, the New

:33:15.:33:18.

Zealanders must be very tight to it. Very tight indeed. But safe

:33:19.:33:27.

regardless. Flawless handling from both boats through the entire race.

:33:28.:33:30.

Stunning boat handling. The mark Artemis close to splitting,

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that is mark one and it is irrelevant on the course for the

:33:46.:33:50.

race. Iain Percy has moved all the way to the back of the boat, the

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tactician right there, he is on the back of the boat, taking himself out

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of a power plant and they are moving and they are moving their weight

:34:02.:34:06.

after to try to rock the boat, use the foils more effectively.

:34:07.:34:12.

Looks like fun doesn't it? I know you miss it. Maybe around Ocean

:34:13.:34:24.

Drive and Newport but I don't see myself I on the water doing that.

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Still one lead. Artemis should be closed or laying the gate, getting

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into the gate on one more gybe. But Emirates Team New Zealand still not

:34:43.:34:53.

going away. One more gybe to go for Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis

:34:54.:35:02.

should be laying straight in. The lead around about 110 metres or so

:35:03.:35:10.

but the Swedes have managed very tidily to go through the gate and

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they are off-line flying down this finishing straight. New Zealand in

:35:16.:35:21.

hot pursuit but it looks like their challenge might be done in less, the

:35:22.:35:26.

second race of the America's Cup challenge play-off final. You can

:35:27.:35:34.

make the case team New Zealand has had one of their best races in the

:35:35.:35:40.

entire event, they are still at 100% fly time but when I bought has

:35:41.:35:43.

sailed as well as Artemis, they had the jump at the start, I was so

:35:44.:35:50.

excited for two 100%'s. Artemis have sailed as close to a perfect race as

:35:51.:35:55.

we have seen, and if the boat ahead sails as quickly as they have and is

:35:56.:36:00.

mistake free as they have you will not get by. I am sorry, you are not

:36:01.:36:06.

ever going to get by. Look at the numbers upon the wing. I don't think

:36:07.:36:12.

we have seen that, a whole bunch of numbers. The numbers are stacking up

:36:13.:36:21.

in their favour this time around, Artemis racing of Sweden led by

:36:22.:36:26.

Nathan Outteridge bouncing back with big in race two. The boat handling

:36:27.:36:31.

was flawless. Upon the foils for the duration. Hammering over the finish

:36:32.:36:39.

line in front. One point apiece in the final. The Kiwi splashing down,

:36:40.:36:49.

game on. Nathan Outteridge and Peter Burling closely matched, a familiar

:36:50.:36:53.

scenario for these two hotshot helmsman.

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I have known him for a to ten years now. Training partners in the 49er

:36:58.:37:08.

leading into the London Olympics. Stayed together, lived together

:37:09.:37:12.

trained together. We are really good mates. We are incredibly good

:37:13.:37:19.

friends. We have raced together a lot on the 49er, had some good

:37:20.:37:24.

battles over the years. It's incredible from where we were ten

:37:25.:37:29.

years ago, now representing two America's Cup teams, fighting each

:37:30.:37:33.

other. We enjoy high risk sailing and I think that's coming. We will

:37:34.:37:39.

be going pretty hard for the win. Knowing those guys they will bring

:37:40.:37:42.

their top game and we will bring ours. The two boats on collision

:37:43.:37:48.

course, hand-to-hand combat out on the water. We have had close

:37:49.:37:57.

battles. Some angry guys in Sweden right now. Definitely had some

:37:58.:38:04.

cracking races. Look at how they are taking each other on. Happy to end

:38:05.:38:08.

up on the right side of it both times. I am sure more close racing

:38:09.:38:14.

will come. I think if we get our configurations right it will be a

:38:15.:38:16.

good battle. Edward definitely be nice to one up,

:38:17.:38:28.

we got the gold in London, he got the silver and then it reversed in

:38:29.:38:35.

Rio last year. Ever since London been solidly committed here with

:38:36.:38:37.

Artemis Racing getting ready for this match coming up. I think both

:38:38.:38:45.

of us really enjoyed the cut-throat competition, both trying to win the

:38:46.:38:51.

race. I am sure it will be a really enjoyable battle out there. You

:38:52.:39:00.

cannot separate these two teams, 1-1 with one race to go to see who takes

:39:01.:39:04.

the advantage after day one. COMMENTATOR: Locking horns again,

:39:05.:39:13.

Sweden against New Zealand. Even in the entry box the battle, the

:39:14.:39:22.

jousting is well underway. These two just trying to outmanoeuvre each

:39:23.:39:26.

other and get into position in their favoured space. Pushing and shoving

:39:27.:39:31.

going on, Artemis Racing pushing Emirates Team New Zealand hard

:39:32.:39:34.

towards the starting line and then decide to roll over the top. Very

:39:35.:39:40.

early coming towards the start line right now. At this stage you have

:39:41.:39:44.

two favour of the position of Emirates Team New Zealand. Artemis

:39:45.:39:49.

trying to go over the top, is there an overlap between them right now?

:39:50.:39:57.

Team New Zealand will continue to push. At the County pushing the line

:39:58.:40:05.

they could make this difficult. They might just be happy to do this time

:40:06.:40:11.

and distance then and head for the mark, they will have an overlap

:40:12.:40:19.

however. Such a delicate balance. But they have tread a fine line

:40:20.:40:23.

pretty carefully both of these two. Remember the angle difference from

:40:24.:40:30.

the top of the line over the shorter distance from Emirates Team New

:40:31.:40:37.

Zealand's part of the line. For the third time this afternoon the Swedes

:40:38.:40:44.

off to the better start, they are out in front as they reach for the

:40:45.:40:49.

first mark. The better angle won. I think the Kiwis got up on their

:40:50.:40:56.

foils pretty quickly. Up into the 40 knots category which is the fastest

:40:57.:41:05.

we have seen, 42 knots or boat speed, does that indicate the wind

:41:06.:41:12.

has picked up? Let's go back to Joey Newton on the water, more breeze? It

:41:13.:41:17.

picked up a little bit, there's a little bit of whether to the WinWord

:41:18.:41:21.

side of the course and that is pushing quite a bit more breeze so I

:41:22.:41:29.

think we could see knots. I think it is safe to say there is not much in

:41:30.:41:33.

it, one boat essentially in the lap of the other right now. Similar

:41:34.:41:41.

dynamic isn't it to what we saw in the second race. Racing in tight

:41:42.:41:50.

confines. At this time in the regatta you better be perfect and

:41:51.:41:54.

both of these boats are proving that perfection is possible. They will

:41:55.:41:57.

have inside. Happy to go straight. Instructive to see the collaborative

:41:58.:42:23.

effort of the Swedes and the chat between them, the communication is

:42:24.:42:29.

very strong, one of the strongest elements, excellent mark rounding,

:42:30.:42:33.

the Kiwis spotting the course, not nearly so talkative, they are off

:42:34.:42:38.

hunting air in a different direction.

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The Kiwis just pulled off that super-tough last-second gybe

:42:47.:42:55.

manoeuvre to gain the split. Did not follow around this time, I think

:42:56.:43:00.

it's something they talked about in between races, twice now they have

:43:01.:43:03.

simply followed around Artemis in the bottom gate but this time they

:43:04.:43:09.

chose to do the split. By doing that, following them around, they

:43:10.:43:14.

are waiting for the mistake. Waiting for the mistake and I guarantee the

:43:15.:43:18.

saying these guys are not making many mistakes so let's start mixing

:43:19.:43:22.

it up and go off and try to do our thing and find a good wind shift.

:43:23.:43:29.

Proactive from the New Zealanders. Still the chat comes from Iain

:43:30.:43:34.

Percy. Even though the first cross may come back to Artemis, Artemis

:43:35.:43:40.

must make a choice, do you tack on top of the other boat or continue

:43:41.:43:42.

allowing the split? You heard Iain Percy, saying we do

:43:43.:43:52.

not have a hit, keep going which means they still have split, the

:43:53.:43:57.

split did not just happen at the bottom, on the first cross, they are

:43:58.:44:01.

going to get another shot at the wind shift so that is what you're

:44:02.:44:05.

setting yourself up for, the miracle does not have to happen immediately

:44:06.:44:09.

but hopefully the gods help you out if you are Emirates Team New

:44:10.:44:11.

Zealand. -- the guards. Very little in it,

:44:12.:44:31.

still. As they head up wind in the third leg of seven. The Swedes with

:44:32.:44:34.

a narrow advantage which they have held from the word go. This is going

:44:35.:44:41.

to be a reasonably tight cross. Slide right hand wind shift as

:44:42.:44:46.

indicated in the upper corner, the breeze is currently at 235, a slight

:44:47.:44:51.

gain for Emirates Team New Zealand coming back on that cross. It is

:44:52.:45:00.

amazing, the difference in communication. You brought it up

:45:01.:45:08.

earlier, the two boats... Get the Qatar nine tails out! Iain Percy and

:45:09.:45:12.

Nathan Outteridge are far more old school skipper tacticians, where

:45:13.:45:20.

they are almost giving you play-by-play. That was how I was

:45:21.:45:25.

taught to do it. New school is way different. To be frank, going on the

:45:26.:45:31.

boat and laying out and listening to Emirates Team New Zealand, they are

:45:32.:45:35.

clinking and clunking, they do not talk. Peter Burling is all over this

:45:36.:45:39.

himself. Coming up to a key moment. If he can get into the zone and have

:45:40.:45:45.

a piece of Artemis, he would be allowed around the left. Artemis

:45:46.:45:49.

gets across. He stays barely in the lead. Just in the nick of time for

:45:50.:45:58.

the Swedish boat. Around they go. There is less of a gap between these

:45:59.:46:02.

two. Look at the boat speed of the Kiwis. Just piling away from the

:46:03.:46:15.

gate. Artemis Racing has gone right away,

:46:16.:46:21.

but as you approach those marks, other rules come into effect. No

:46:22.:46:27.

harm, no foul, Artemis squeaks around the marker ahead. Looking at

:46:28.:46:30.

the racecourse now, there is a lot of dark water where Artemis Racing

:46:31.:46:34.

was. The Kiwis are going awfully fast. It looked like Artemis racing

:46:35.:46:41.

was potentially more wind pressure. Have to see what the cross is like

:46:42.:46:47.

as the boats come back together... I think... Can you see the dark water

:46:48.:46:52.

at the top of the screen? The whole area where Artemis is is darker

:46:53.:46:56.

water. Perhaps a slight stretch to 100 metres? In this day and age,

:46:57.:47:08.

massively... Look at this. How tough is it, to spot the wind shift when

:47:09.:47:15.

you are flying at 30 or 40 knots? Can you instantly see that there is

:47:16.:47:19.

a change in conditions if you are heading off on a particular

:47:20.:47:23.

direction, if you go quick enough? Nothing is instant or assured me he

:47:24.:47:26.

used your intuition, as a tactician or in the case of the Kiwis, with

:47:27.:47:32.

Peter Burling as the helmsman, you try and see the dark patches in the

:47:33.:47:37.

water, you have instruments on-board telling you whether the shift is to

:47:38.:47:40.

the left or the right, but the key moving these boats, it can gain you

:47:41.:47:45.

so much speed, stay in the dark water. That gets you the best

:47:46.:47:52.

velocity on the racecourse. By their nature, the wind shifts are

:47:53.:47:56.

presumably a little shifty, as we see they are not the cleanest of

:47:57.:48:02.

gybes from the sweets, they have a tight mark as well -- from the

:48:03.:48:12.

Swedes. The Kiwis recovering well from their manoeuvre as well.

:48:13.:48:18.

Artemis did not have a perfect gybe, and suddenly we are almost dead even

:48:19.:48:23.

on the racecourse. Next time, back across, the Kiwis attack. They are a

:48:24.:48:30.

little unstable going into the gybe. Sorry, this is coming out. They get

:48:31.:48:39.

too low and too hi. Do not make a mistake out there, fellas! A little

:48:40.:48:46.

late afternoon shower. Up on the starboard hull. A key moment,

:48:47.:48:58.

starboard tack has come right away, can Artemis get back clean? True

:48:59.:49:09.

wind direction. TWD. A similar job. Does Artemis have to duck? Is

:49:10.:49:17.

Artemis going to get across clean? Not a huge amount in it... Not for

:49:18.:49:20.

the faint of heart. Two lengths. Ian Jetson, nestled between Nathan

:49:21.:49:47.

Outteridge and Iain Percy. Watch the eyes of Percy, looking up at the

:49:48.:49:52.

wing all the time. Not only looking up pressure on the water but the

:49:53.:49:54.

instrumentation, the box of instruments that we saw perched on

:49:55.:50:02.

the wing to read the true wind direction, they have an instrument

:50:03.:50:09.

on board that will help guide. Whatever that wind direction is. I

:50:10.:50:15.

get the feeling this may be tighter than the last...

:50:16.:50:27.

The cross is coming your way. The sweets with their noses in front.

:50:28.:50:36.

The Kiwis in hot pursuit at the moment, trying to make up ground.

:50:37.:50:41.

One piece in the challenger play-offs final, remember. Amazing

:50:42.:50:49.

new camera angles, we have eight cameras on each boat right now.

:50:50.:50:53.

There are drones flying and helicopters everywhere. Cameramen on

:50:54.:51:03.

the boats... There is no escape! At the moment it is pretty even, all

:51:04.:51:09.

right? A tiny wind shift is going to make the difference in this race. At

:51:10.:51:18.

opposite ends of the course at the moment. They are neck and neck, in

:51:19.:51:27.

reality. Look at this. One left-hand shift, possibly. The true wind

:51:28.:51:34.

direction seems to be out there attacking. It goes all over the map.

:51:35.:51:39.

We get the instrumentation of these boats. Man overboard on Sweden. My

:51:40.:51:47.

goodness! Who is it? Is that Nathan Outteridge? First of all, he is OK.

:51:48.:52:01.

This is the first time we've seen this in Bermuda. The sweets are in

:52:02.:52:09.

all kinds of bother with a man down. -- Swedes. The Kiwis will round the

:52:10.:52:14.

gate and head downwind for the final time. Just when you think you've

:52:15.:52:18.

seen it all, you've got to be kidding me! This might be Nathan

:52:19.:52:21.

Outteridge in the water. I think it is... It is. He has gone. The

:52:22.:52:28.

helmsman has gone! And the rest of them are getting a dowsing. It's

:52:29.:52:36.

over, I think boys. I think they are backing off, knowing that this is

:52:37.:52:43.

over. This is when it happened. When Nathan Outteridge disappeared into

:52:44.:52:47.

the drink. At the top right of your screen, he is gone. The smallest of

:52:48.:52:53.

slides and out he went. Sliding into second base. And he is safe... Holy

:52:54.:53:05.

mackerel. Dramatic developments out on the Great Sound, as the Kiwis

:53:06.:53:08.

hammered their way over the finishing line. They won res three,

:53:09.:53:15.

2-1 ahead in the challenger play-offs final. Nathan Outteridge

:53:16.:53:20.

overboard for Sweden, Peter Burling capitalising. We had confirmation

:53:21.:53:24.

thankfully that Nathan Outteridge is fine and well. Just honing his front

:53:25.:53:31.

crawl! Lets see the moment when he actually returned... Where have you

:53:32.:53:41.

been? LAUGHTER That is just the start, you feel, of

:53:42.:53:46.

the ribbing that is coming. Good stuff. New Zealand with the better

:53:47.:53:55.

of today's racing wins, in race one and three for the Kiwis. The Swedes

:53:56.:53:58.

were outstanding in race two but lost their helmsman overboard in the

:53:59.:54:03.

final race of the day. The New Zealanders making hay as a result.

:54:04.:54:10.

They lead by 2-1. The first to five race wins in a maximum of nine.

:54:11.:54:15.

No shortage of close action or drama out on the Great Sound. I chatted to

:54:16.:54:20.

both skippers as they came ashore. It is disappointing to only get one

:54:21.:54:24.

win today after reading all three of them. In a really good spot in the

:54:25.:54:30.

final race. We grew a lot of confidence from today. We did really

:54:31.:54:36.

well. If we can get a couple of mistakes out of our game, we can get

:54:37.:54:40.

the points back no problem. Confidence levels were really high,

:54:41.:54:47.

and today, some errors from the team cost us. If we can keep starting how

:54:48.:54:51.

we have been and keep the boat going as quick as it is, we will make it

:54:52.:54:59.

difficult to get races off us. You stand the audience when you sprinted

:55:00.:55:02.

across the boat and kept going! How difficult is it to get side to side?

:55:03.:55:08.

To do a foiling tack on these boats you need to spend the boat quick.

:55:09.:55:16.

When the bottom speeds are still over 20 knots, it is difficult

:55:17.:55:23.

terrain. On the Windward side, the groups had to straighten up the

:55:24.:55:29.

boat. The G-force hits you quite hard. I think my feet were bare

:55:30.:55:33.

straightening it up. And left the building, unfortunately.

:55:34.:55:38.

Congratulations, at the end of the first day in this final, 2-1 up. How

:55:39.:55:44.

pleased are you and the team? We are proud of how we fought today. I felt

:55:45.:55:50.

like we had really good opportunities. It didn't quite

:55:51.:55:56.

execute on the last, but we hung in there. A good second race with no

:55:57.:56:05.

opportunities to pass. It felt like we did not matter on the last cross

:56:06.:56:11.

if Nathan Beloff or not. It's for credit to how the guys keep fighting

:56:12.:56:17.

and they gave themselves an opportunity. No shortage of things

:56:18.:56:21.

to talk about today, joining me is Stevie Morrison, Olympic sailor. We

:56:22.:56:26.

must start with Nathan Outteridge running off his boat, how easy is

:56:27.:56:30.

that to do? The nature of these boats, they are fast and furious.

:56:31.:56:35.

When you are turning the boats, that G-force is trying to throw you off

:56:36.:56:39.

the boat anyway. Trying to stop that is really difficult and I guess he

:56:40.:56:44.

would have done it hundreds of times in practice but it was a really

:56:45.:56:47.

tight moment and he would have known that, a tight cross from the Kiwis,

:56:48.:56:52.

he went for an extra half a second quicker. He was ejected off the boat

:56:53.:56:57.

which is a real shame. Heartbreaking to watch for Artemis Racing, they

:56:58.:57:02.

did such a good day. In one-on-one combat, you need to take it on. With

:57:03.:57:07.

Iain Percy as tactician, they've got the best match racer there. They

:57:08.:57:12.

need aggression and hand-to-hand combat. Artemis dominated, three

:57:13.:57:17.

starts and three wins at the first mark. They made some mistakes and if

:57:18.:57:21.

we cut those out, and rely on that communication and partnership that

:57:22.:57:27.

Iain has with Nathan. The New Zealanders Roberto Agricola rely on

:57:28.:57:32.

the speed, they will notice they are a band of cyclists pedalling

:57:33.:57:36.

throughout the race. Does that give them edge? Certainly the design is

:57:37.:57:40.

quite aggressive and it requires extra energy. That energy comes into

:57:41.:57:44.

the boat with hydraulic fluid that is pumped up like a bike pump with

:57:45.:57:50.

the legs of the cyclists. You do not see many of the track cyclists going

:57:51.:57:53.

around with their hands pumping the pedals. I assume there is a lot of

:57:54.:57:58.

science showing legs are better. They are able to use their energy to

:57:59.:58:02.

make the boat go faster. It is great to see the technology of sailing.

:58:03.:58:06.

Thank you. There is never a dull moment here in Bermuda.

:58:07.:58:10.

Join us tomorrow at two o'clock on BBC Two for the second day of the

:58:11.:58:11.

challenger finals. Dramatic music

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Shirley Robertson presents highlights of the opening day of the challenger play-off finals from the 2017 America's Cup, which is taking place in Bermuda. Oracle Team USA are aiming to become only the second team in history to win the famous competition three times in a row. The races over the next few days will decide which crew they will face in that quest. British fans hope they will include Sir Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team, who are aiming to become the first British crew to win the event in its 166-year history.


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