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

Play-Offs - Day Three

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

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The America's Cup has come to Bermuda. Its international sport's


oldest trophy but the boats are at the cutting edge of modern design


technology. Six teams have been racing here, only three remain in


the battle for the trophy. British interest didn't end when Sir Ben


Ainslie's Land Rover BAR were knocked out in the semifinals. Iain


Percy and Artemis Racing are fighting for a place in the


America's Cup match against the defendants, Oracle Team USA. But the


Briton is up against it here, day three of the Challenger finals and


he's 4-2 down against New Zealand. Iain Percy is an accomplished match


racer, but right now he's match point down to Peter Burling. The


rain fell but the wind appeared to be in the smooth sails early on day


two. They levelled at 2-2 despite control issues on the boat. That win


proved a false dawn for Artemis Racing. The Kiwis were sluggish on


the start but anything but on the course. Two wins put them in


control. So, it's a moment for Iain Percy to stay calm. He is well


versed in handling pressure, and he's not short of support - his


parents have travelled from home to be here. What a wonderful support


we've got from the Swedish team, it's been amazing. Everyday we have


decorated the base for them with posters, the children did posters,


and really to try to lift them and say you can do it, for it. So can


Artemis Racing keep the Cup dreams alive?


COMMENTATOR: Welcome to the perfect race trap for this 35th America's


Cup. The L-shaped racecourse has a critical reach to mark one, hoping


to get off five quick legs against the five knot breeze. There is the


start line and you will see two different distances, this is the


point at which you need to explain why it's not necessarily obvious you


start the closest end to the mark. You have a sat-nav system in your


car, right? You know when it says you can have a shorter route at a


slower speed and a faster route... You got to make a choice if you are


the skipper. So these two going head-to-head, potentially for the


last time here in Bermuda. They have been pitted against each other for


years. The helmsman Nathan Outteridge, and Peter Burling. Peter


Burling claimed gold in the Rio Olympics, one of the many duels


between the young helmsman. This may be the only race of the day if New


Zealand win it. We are very lucky here right now. It has been again a


kind of crazy weather day. You have ten knots of breeze right now, a


couple of squalls come through. Let's go out to Joey and get a


weather update. At the moment it looks great for racing, eight knots,


maybe more but as the rain pushes through it could get lighter on the


backend. So as the race wears on it could get really light. Thanks, we


will hope we can squeeze one in and it's looking promising. Race number


seven of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup challenge, and the first of five


wins becomes the challenger. It is match point to Peter Burling's team.


The Swedes need seeing off first. Both boats are not exactly flying


out there. They are I think literally flying but not speed wise.


Getting close to the starting line, Nathan Outteridge said this morning


that he wasn't going to be overtly aggressive. I think he needs to do


something different but it does look like he will be happy. Burling is in


a pretty nice spot here, pushing to the top end of the line with only 17


seconds to go. Let's see who can accelerate fastest. Ten seconds, and


both boats having to hold the line. Nathan Outteridge cannot afford any


errors, and the Swedes have picked up a penalty. Just millimetres,


goodness that was close! I know it's the very first thing that happened


in the race but that could prove so damaging because they have been the


first to the first mark in each of the contests in this play-off final


against the Kiwis and here they have given them a free pass right from


the outset. The first time in the entire series that Artemis Racing


has not been ahead at Mach number -- Mark one. They must have been over


by literally millimetres. Just a shame for Artemis and the fans. A


real kick in the guts. The New Zealanders have been very content


and happy to play catch up through this contest. Different dynamic to


this one. Nathan Outteridge has got to come up with the goods from here.


Full credit to Burling. We were saying what a shame for Artemis but


Burling stayed out of trouble. He did a nice job, just kind of keeping


it clean and doing his own thing. This time it worked. There is Peter


Burling, the Iceman. He is showing very little emotion through the


course of this event, but they have worked so beautifully together. This


is the replay of the start line and we will see the narrow margins we


are talking about here. Just look at it, fractions. Just crazy how good


they are and figuring out the timing distance while on foils. Just a


little too good. The penalty meaning the Swedes had to wait for two boat


lengths, had to put two clear boat lengths between themselves and the


New Zealanders before they could race again and it has cost them 100


metres or so. There's the heart rate monitors, Iain Jensen already maxing


it out. That can't be right given that he's not grinding currently.


So the New Zealanders, after just about the ideal start, given what's


on the line for them here, given the trouble is they have hard in all of


these starts, and actually not just in the play-offs final, they have


had trouble at the start since they got here. But the rest of the boat


handling has been so exemplary it hasn't cost them. This is a big move


by Artemis, they choose to do a separate manoeuvre at the gate. They


caused the split, but looking over the top of our monitors at the


racecourse, lots of pressure. These squalls are coming in creating big


puffs of breeze and on the right-hand side of the racecourse


there is substantially more wind. I think they are doing exactly the


right thing. So this is the leg the Kiwis really


had the edge over the Swedes yesterday. The gap has closed,


Sweden and enjoying the best of the pressure at the top end of the


cause. If you are heading for pressure, it is one thing. You kind


of never know really where the wind shift will go. I think they are


going to come out pretty well ahead here because there's lots of wind on


the right-hand side of the racecourse. Yes, it is a day out


there. Big right shift, lots of pressure, gaining every second. This


is as gutsy and rumours I have seen through the entire event. He knew he


was creating a split but stuck to his guns and man has it paid off.


Almost 300 metres picked up now between the two crews. Already, Iain


Percy is calling for leverage, which means this is a reasonably desperate


situation right now for Artemis Racing at a very early stage in the


race. Another cleaning tack from the New Zealanders. We have become so


used to the clinical execution of the manoeuvres. So the Kiwis


storming it out in front and really reaping the benefits of that


decision by Peter Burling. A huge shift coming back the other way


though, Artemis Racing will wind up in a right-hand shift now. They are


bow to bow, heading for each other right now. The big gain for Artemis


Racing. You can hear Peter Burling talking about the breeze. There is a


massive right-hand shift. That indicator top left of your screen is


telling you exactly that, that's what these sailors are battling with


at the moment. Quite a discrepancy. You heard Iain Percy saying we need


leverage right now. They got the leverage, and it has paid off in a


big way. They can't even get up on the foils right now. The speed of


the wind dropping well below six knots. Look at how skewed the Lions


are on the racecourse. Just a reminder that had the race been


started with the wind speed below the six knot mark, they wouldn't


have got it under way. This is a scene we have never seen before.


Team New Zealand struggling to get up on the foils.


Artemis Racing has made this a dead heat just about. Race conditions


have really levelled the playing field, haven't they? Artemis was


getting on the foils easier. Both boats pressed the protest button.


Artemis thought the dial down of team New Zealand was too aggressive.


So no penalty awarded either way from the chief umpire. The boats are


headed in exact opposite directions! Varies the dial down. -- there is


the dial down. Nothing in it. Team New Zealand seems to have topped on


the left wind shift. The breeze for New Zealand has actually shifted


back to the left. You see the angle heading more towards the gate. Look


at the angle differences, they are completely sailing in different


directions right now. So the true wind direction numbers


stepping up and it is pretty clear that it is very difficult out there.


That is also a sight you don't see everyday. They will be drifting to


the time being until the squall comes out. There's a 25 minute total


time limit these races. You'd think they will be running up against


that? Right now you would have to think absolutely. Iain Murray can


shorten the course. You heard Iain Person say massive left, so the


shift is running back in favour of the Kiwis. But it is all over the


place right now, it is still very close. Look at the squiggly lines!


Old school right now, no foil. When it started, Artemis got right back


into it again. So who is the key guy here? Is it the tactician? The


weather gods. The breeze is all over the place coming out of this squall


that has passed through. Can Emirates Team New Zealand make this


gate? We are going to have a dead heat again. After all of the


weirdness we have seen so far, the race is going to start over. Can


Artemis make the far gate? If you are the tactician, you are


absolutely pulling your hair out. Again, they are coming together.


They are right next to each other. There is the protest from the Kiwis.


I think they are going to have to make a decision here right now. I


think there was a bump. It was hard for us to see. The umpire is taking


a good close long look at it before making the ruling. It is painful


progress though, isn't it, and there is the penalty awarded against the


Swedes and they have fallen foul of the umpire on so many different


occasions. In the couple of weeks they have been here in Bermuda,


racing out there. This is going to be a strange one because Artemis is


heading down the course. They are going to have to wait and get two


boat lengths behind the BMG line so Artemis Racing will somehow have to


slow this race down whilst team New Zealand is creaming off in the other


direction. I was just wondering, I thought I heard Peter Burling


suggests they had a problem with the wing. That is Glenn Ashby providing


the eyes and ears for Peter Burling. Neither boat is in essence getting


down the course. The Swedes yet to burn off the penalty. 13 minutes in


the race so far, four legs completed out of seven, 12 minutes left to go


before the time limit is reached. I'm looking out on the racecourse


and frankly I only see it getting lighter where these guys are sailing


right now. If I were a betting man, I would be betting this race doesn't


happen if the time limit runs out. And if the time runs out, the race


is... Cancelled. But it doesn't count in any regard, they would have


to replay it. Correct. Look at these angles, Artemis trying to race off


the penalty but they can't! On the chessboard this would be known as


stalemate. What do you want us to do? That is Iain Percy saying to the


judges, what do you want us to do? It's probably four length style


because you are not allowed to jive to burn off your penalty.


Let's have another look at where the penalty was incurred. Multihull


sailing, team New Zealand does exactly what they should and creates


a little... I don't think they did tap. They must have gone close but I


don't think they did tack. You are faster. Obviously the chief umpire


has bought Artemis Racing didn't do everything they possibly could to


get out of the way and team New Zealand had the right of way.


That is as stressed out as Glenn Ashby has looked since he got here


to Bermuda. Very confused and puzzled. So the penalty at least has


been burned off now by the Swedes, but the wind speed has dropped away


to roundabout three knots out there now. Nine minutes left on the


racecourse. So this is an normal procedure, is it? No, there is not


even across Rome to pull the win over so Glenn Ashby is trying to


keep it out. This is why the energy is generated so the wing can be


trimmed, but Glenn Ashby is having to do it by hand now. I think both


boats would be delighted to call it quits. I'm not sure, Artemis New


Zealand has a lead, and I don't think any boat has been happy when


the race has been cancelled in the lead. It doesn't function very well


when there is literally no pressure against it. I'm not convinced they


have trouble. They have a strange situation, I will tell you that.


Drifting. It is just so light out there, it is almost time to break


out the picnic blanket! There just doesn't seem any possible way they


can complete this race in the time allowed. I tend to agree 100%. They


are not going to finish this racecourse by this time tomorrow at


this place. What is Iain Percy up to? He's becoming quite passionate


with the jib, trying to stop it flopping around.


What a contrast, from a few days back when these boats were hammering


along at 40 knots, it was all they could do to stay on the boat and


sometimes that wasn't possible. Holding the jib by hand, a slightly


different look from the strap on jib they have, they normally pull it in


as tight as possible and hold on for dear life. Now he's holding it with


his pinky. The race has been abandoned... Please return to the


starting area. Confirmation from Iain Murray and the race committee


that the race has been abandoned. As we have seen out here in Bermuda,


time and time again the shifty, changeable conditions really have


become a major feature of this America's Cup. Evidence of the


importance not only of learning to read the character of the race


track, but to heed the lessons and adapt your performance package to


suit. The America's Cup is a development


race, and development has been going for years and years, and racing


begins and most people might assume development stops because you are


now racing but it couldn't be further from the truth. This is a


development race, if you don't have enough speed you have got a lot of


issues. The boats develop day today. At some stages you make the wrong


decisions and you feel like you go backwards a little bit, but


hopefully you keep charging forward. Our designers are still working flat


to come up with the latest and greatest thing for the boat. The


semifinal was a perfect example design engineering and the team


making changes to the boat and I think now we have some of the best


boat handlers in the fleet, with just a couple of changes to the


boat. You know, it is something everyone plays with, how the wing


works, how it operates, what appendages they put on the boat. You


can slowly tweak and change them to make them better. I have definitely


seen the guys working hard. At the end of every time we have gone


sailing on the boat, there is generally a list of things that need


improving. It is often to do with the control system, the flight


control system or how you control the wing functions, and thirdly


efficiency. Every we go out, we get better at something, whether it is a


piece of handling or hardware, the guys in the shared work really hard


to keep producing things that want to test and develop. Obviously the


competition is really tight as we are in the top teams and everyone is


pushing forward. If you don't you get left behind and you won't even


make it to the Cup. You have got to keep developing, keep building


confidence in the boat and at the end of the day that's what will give


you the advantage. The tension could not be higher, we


have had every kind of weather condition today - rain, sunshine,


wind, no end. The race committee have been patiently waiting for


conditions to be right to start racing but it looks like it might be


OK. Let's rejoin the commentary team.


COMMENTATOR: The winds have returned and we will get chance to see some


racing today. So Nathan Outteridge and Sweden with port entry as we see


Peter Burling and team New Zealand arriving from the other side. Are we


going to see aggressive tactics from either of these helmsmen in the


pre-start? 7.5 knots, that's the great news. Good question. It has


certainly worked out in Emirates Team New Zealand's favour last time.


They had a better start, not to mention they were right on the


starting line. Artemis it seemed like hours ago pulled the trigger


about 2.5 feet too early. If it is timing distance, we will see who


does that better than the other. Another bite at the cherry, another


stab at race number seven between Nathan Outteridge's Artemis Racing


of Sweden, and Glenn Ashby's Emirates Team New Zealand. You have


to wonder which skipper thinks he is in the faster boat. They are both


heading back to the line pretty early. 38 seconds to go and they are


quite close. They are going to come up on this line, all the way down.


There is delay line. They don't want to go much beyond there. If they go


beyond that, they become a little bit at risk. Sure enough, Artemis


moves off. Maybe the hand to hand combat is


beginning to diminish now, as they think about timing the start. Nine


seconds, eight seconds. The Swedes are going to have to slow down, they


can't afford to do what they did in this race previously, when the


penalty was awarded to them. This time, they are clean off the line.


Who can get up the quickest? It is what we call a low speed and all,


the bottom of the start box, it can be a little bit quicker. Aiming


straight for the mark. This is absolutely a flat-out boat speed


contest. Not much in it. Peter Burling, keeping a keen eye on


his opposite man. Reaching the first mark. Going a little bit quicker. We


are going to see Nathan Outteridge getting a little taste of his own


medicine. This is what he has done to Burling a couple of times. Very


well played by Peter Burling. This time it is the Kiwis that reach the


first mark in front. As they did in this race a little bit earlier


today, that was abandoned. The Swedes, six out of six at the start.


Peter Burling, turning the tables. Can he make account? The wind was


blowing about as much on the first race. Emirates Team New Zealand are


really stretched out. It could have been wind shift, wind pressure. Nice


and stable by Artemis, a good sign for Artemis fans. A nice stable


drive the first time around. We know these guys can drive in this


condition. That was the voice of Peter Burling,


saying it is a massive gain if they can get into it. I think they have


more pressure on that side of the race, right now. Trying desperately


to reach the gate, with that manoeuvre. He recognises Nathan


Outteridge might not be too far away from achieving that himself. Look at


the discrepancy in speed. There is more pressure on that side of the


course. Do they really nice job. Getting himself into a pretty


dominant position. Big speed difference. Six knots. And


it is consistent. They are coming about a better angle, art is trying


to get low and bear off. But that higher angle, it creates a big boat


speed difference. You can see it there, five or six knots. What are


the options for the Swedes? Will they make this in one, or will they


have to gybe again? Their angle, the depth, they are trying to sail away


from the wind. It looks like they are trying to make the gate, instead


of splitting away. Look how slow they are. That is the problem with


taking it so tight. The Kiwis are stealing away. They are actually


faster downwind than their opponents were appalling. Really strong from


Emirates Team New Zealand, that speed, throughout the races. Really


got off to a cracker. Plenty to do already for the Swedish


crew. Interesting that the Swedes, they did this yesterday, they


attacked right in line. They attack into it. Directly downwind,


completely in control of Emirates Team New Zealand. Interesting move.


They wanted to go to the left. Why didn't they split and go for the


other gate? I'm a little bit confused.


A healthy lead. The wind speed has picked up, from around about eight


knots at the start of the race, it is now 11.


The Kiwis are 100% win rate when they are first to the first mark.


That spells trouble for the Swedes at this point. If you analyse the


statistics, although we have seen how one mistake can cost teams. It


very nearly cost the Kiwis at the final mark, the final race


yesterday. Peter Burling nearly blew it. You should seriously check his


heart rate. I don't think he breathes. Just calm under pressure.


Looking around, nice day, got my sun block.


We have spoken about the sharing of responsibility between himself and


Glenn Ashby, in particular. The way they share out the duties


has really been working for the Kiwis. It has been a proper team


operation. No one man has huge responsibility on his shoulders.


Peter Burling, very much the focal point, clearly. But everybody knows


their path. Again, another very precise tack. So stable, heading for


gate three with a really healthy lead.


We talked earlier but the crew change. I think they thought the


breeze was coming up and they might have put in the cyclist. What about


the wind shift we are seeing? Top left, the indicator suggesting it


has really shifted to the right. I think it has shifted a little bit to


the right. Not crazy, like that first one. The first race, we had to


have a cancelled race. That is what we were seeing. Massive wind shift.


It still looked to me like they are still pretty squared up on the


racecourse. That could be wind from a different part of the racecourse.


It is shifting. There is a good wind shift. They are going to gybe and


almost go all the way down. Like a pilot says, never doubt your


instruments. I was doubting the instruments and it was the wrong


thing to do. You think they are almost going to make this in one


stroke? All of the racecourse. They are going all the way down the


racecourse. A quick little gybe and they are going to have a long


stretch down the racecourse. They are almost heading for the mark. All


the way down the course. That tells all of us in the sailing world that


there has been a large right-hand wind shift. I guarantee you, once


they went through that gate, there will be scampering to move the gate


they went through, and square it back up again. That is what they do,


they shift discourse around. We never even know how much they shift


the course around. It is almost between every leg. -- shift this


course around. The Kiwis have found extra pressure out there. They are


going consistently, five or six knots quicker than the Swedes. At


the moment, the race is theirs. It really is there for the taking.


What do you do at this point? If you are Nathan Outteridge? This is a big


lead. Not just a big lead, but against a boat going very... This is


no fluke. You can even hear it in his voice right now.


An enormous space has opened up between these two. Surely, the New


Zealanders can't be stopped from here? Surely, their name will be


confirmed as the America's Cup challenger? Their form right now is


absolutely impeccable. A lot of rain clouds about, still. As every Kiwi


fan on the planet knows, this is a very familiar to what they had going


in San Francisco. Lots of rain showers around. I'm not trying to be


a downer here. It is still a precarious weather condition on the


racecourse, to say the very least. They have to hope for something


dramatic from this position, whether it is a change in the weather, a


shift in the wind, that propels them forwards at high speed. Some sort of


calamity to befall the Kiwis. This is really interesting, the wind


here has very little camber to it. Ashley runs around, jumps into the


camber adjustment, some kind of adjustments, when he goes back up,


it pops full. Maybe we can see that upward angle. Something is going on


with the wing. In sailing terms, sail depth was very flat. He went


and made a quick adjustment and all of a sudden the camber popped. The


angle between the front and back element took shape.


A very busy man right now. We love that shot, by the way.


Ashby polls that, it pops full. Terms of depth is added. He made a


change to it, somehow. 500 metre lead, down to 350. The deficit cut,


but the size of the racecourse is against the Swedes at this point.


Just one and a half legs, meaningfully, before the reach of


the finish. At the moment, it is all New


Zealand. For all the tinkering and the trouble that they may or may not


be having with their win, the Swedes are playing catch up. That the


moment they are staring right down the barrel.


They have squared up the racecourse. If you are a Artemis fan, it is not


quite as skewed as it looks like. He doesn't seem to mind being on


this side of the racecourse, why should we doubt him?


That bow down to them, we talked about it a lot earlier on. It does a


bunch of things, aerodynamics. Get the riders out of the water, the


drag of the water. We are seeing a big discrepancy in


speed. It is good having Joey on the water. Jerry, I have a feeling your


boys are sitting in that dark room you have described, the watching


room, back at Oracle Team USA, watching a really fast Kiwi boat?


Yes, the boys are in that little room, the dojo, watching this.


Impressive, on light air boards and streaking away from Artemis. Artemis


will be hoping for something to go wrong with the Kiwi boat, but I


can't see it happening from here. One more downwind leg. Emirates Team


New Zealand, seemingly cruising to victory. Cruising into the America's


Cup match itself as the challenger. That is what is on the line right


here. The Swedes, the moment, heading for the exit door.


They are miles away. They are looking buried, this stage. Peter


Burling, and the rest of his Kiwi crew, they will turn their heads at


various different points and they will have to really strange to see


the Swedes, who are nowhere near being in their slipstream. Not even


in the same picture. Dominant, as dominant as... This is an Artemis


boat that we were saying looks really stable and good in this light


air. It shows that the Kiwis sometimes have a mode that is just


scary. If you are a competitor, it is just scary.


Time is running out, there must be a slow realisation from the Swedish


crew at this point that their adventure here in Bermuda is drawing


to a close. 18, like all of the teams in this


event, has just been solid, great guys, very open to us. They have


been wonderful to the sport. There is nothing not to like about Artemis


Racing. Every single member of their team, the principal and owner of the


team, a class act. Nothing to be ashamed of. They are losing to a


better team right now. Still putting it in, still putting


in those hard yards. But the New Zealanders are bearing down on


victory. It is a fun feeling right now come on board this boat. There


is no way they could screw this up, but we said that yesterday as well.


They almost gave their fans a heart attack. One more gybe and they will


come zipping across. I think it is almost a pitching wedge to them.


Through the final mark. They turned for home. The New Zealanders are now


on a victory sprint. Down the runway, close to the shoreline in


front of thousands of fans who are in the grandstand. They are all


along the edge of the shore. They have witnessed a terrific


performance. The Kiwis, absolutely flying home and flying into the


America's Cup match itself. As the challenger. The rematch against the


Americans is on. 2013, San Francisco and all, the New Zealanders will get


a chance to write those wrongs. Put things straight. They have seen off


the Swedes. Celebrations of a very good job


done. You can see what it means. There will be celebrations, 9000


miles away, 4.5 million people in the north and south Island of New


Zealand will let out a collective cheer and applaud Peter Burling,


Glenn Ashby, Blair Tuke and all of the others on board. The Swedes are


down and out. And and, ultimately, by some inconsistencies,


fluctuations in form. Ultimately out racist. -- ultimately out raced. The


Kiwis will have been waiting for this special moment. Very much a


team effort. Outstanding in the race today. An altogether different kind


of spray coming their way now. Very well done.


There have been so consistent, as Peter Burling was mentioning, the


recovery from the picture goal not quite a week ago was dramatic a


moment as we have seen heading America's Cup. To come back from


that in the way that they have is remarkable.


A brave effort by the Swedish team. In the end, Iain Percy and his boys


were outpaced by an unstoppable Emirates Team New Zealand. The


winner of the America's Cup challenger play-offs and the


official challenger for the 35th America's Cup, Emirates Team New


Zealand! It has been a fantastic journey to


even make it here to Bermuda for us. We have had some fantastic battles


on the water over the last few days. Absolutely hats off and


congratulations to Artemis, who have had a fantastic campaign. It was a


pleasure racing them. Thanks for making a stronger for the way


forward. Congratulations. Through to the


America's Cup. Explain what that means to you and all of the team?


Yes, I think the team is over the moon. I've got passed such a valiant


challenger as Artemis. Full credit to them, they put together an


amazing campaign over the last four years. They really pushed as hard


over the last few days. Today's race, we got away, but the first six


races have been super tight, the whole way around the track. You


never felt you could make one mistake. That is the kind of racing


we need to be able to keep improving our skills. That is definitely what


we have come to do, to try to bring the America's Cup back to New


Zealand. A massive step towards that. We have a lot of hard work to


do over the next week to keep ourselves moving forward, keep on


that steep learning curve that we are on.


Nathan, it has been such a roller-coaster, this challenger


series. Just describe it from Artemis Racing's point of view? The


racing has been up and down for us. You know, incredibly proud of the


team. We had a hard campaign last time round. The decisions we have


made through the campaign have been huge improvements. We have a boat


that was very competitive, a group of people that worked really well


together and a sailing team that were able to step up when it


counted. It has been a very close, tight fought battle. We had some


really enjoyable races with Emirates Team New Zealand in the final. You


know, thinking back to the round robins, we had some good races. We


might be the only team to say that we haven't lost a race. A word about


Iain Percy, he led not only on the boat, but in the boardroom. How


strong a character has he been through this? Here's an incredible


human being, to be honest. Not only does he manage the team, always


looking over all of the different areas in the campaign. He is in the


gym every day, working hard. To be honest, I don't know how he did it.


It was a huge ask. I really enjoyed working with him over the last few


years. I think what you end up finding is that those people that


are super passionate about what they are doing always end up coming


together. There are often heated battles. But, man, it is nice when


you get on the same page and start the race the way we did. I think we


can be very proud of how the team has been put together. Iain Percy


was working from the word go, as soon as the last campaign ended on


this one. I think he has done an amazing job, pulling together such a


great team. Joining me now, still in his wet suit, Iain Percy. I am sure


you are feeling a whole host of emotions. Just tell us how proud you


are 40 have done with your team? The team are competitors, and we didn't


come up with the goods today. Yes, you are right, proud as well. We


started this campaign three years ago in a very different pace. A long


way behind the top teams in our sport. We stand here today very much


up there. We know we can compete with the very best. We are so proud


of that, and it doesn't come easy, it comes from a lot of work from


hundreds of people. Nobody knew how this challenger series would look.


It has been incredibly intense. What have your impressions been? I think


has been some of the best sport out there in 2017. It is unbelievable


how exciting it is. You are right, nobody knew how it was going to go.


We didn't. Living it everyday for the last three years, it is that


kind of racing, in any race, anybody can win. The lead can change


multiple times. It is pretty cool to do I think we have really proved, in


this series, and I think in the cup, that sailing will be around at this


amazing format for many years to come. From a British perspective,


you have a team here with Sir Ben Ainslie's team, lots of British


people in your team, and scattered amongst the others. How well-placed


is British talent and knowledge within the America's Cup? British


sailing has been on a bit of a role for the last 20 years. That success


now is translated into the America's Cup, on the sailing side in


particular, but also on the design side. Ben and his guys did a really


good effort this campaign. I know they are going to be back, and


stronger, and all of the rest of the Brits and the other teams, we are


pushing hard to make sure he doesn't necessarily make it all the way to


the tops. But I think British sailing is in a strong place. It is


one of the most popular sport in our country, we all love it and we are


good at it. You haven't had much time to think of the future, but


what are your impressions? Will Artemis Racing carry on? For you


personally, what is the plan? Our owner has been with us for the last


two weeks. Here's a special guy. He came on board straightaway. The


first thing he said was, I am so proud of you all. It certainly got


me close to tears. He is a special guy to work with, work for. I have


been very proud to do that and will be honoured to carry on. If he has


enjoyed it, that is obviously important, and so have the


supporters in New Zealand, which is important to him. I am sure we will


look at the challenge of who wins in the end. But it is going to be hard


to hold us back. And personally there is a new arrival coming? Yes,


the due date was today. I am really excited. It is going to be a


different thing to me, I have been a sport on 425 years and I am so


looking forward to being a dad. Alex has been holding on, and I am going


to be on the first bird out here to see her. Enjoy it. Lots to look


forward to in the Bermuda. We will be back with the highlights of the


first day of the America's Cup. For the first time, the Science


Museum is opening its doors so you can vote for


Britain's greatest invention.


Shirley Robertson presents highlights of the third and final day of the challenger play-off finals from the 2017 America's Cup, which is taking place in Bermuda. Who will clinch their place to face Oracle Team USA in the competition proper, which begins at the weekend? Can Sir Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team become the first British crew to win the event in its 166-year history?

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