Race 1 and 2 Highlights Sailing: America's Cup


Race 1 and 2 Highlights

Shirley Robertson presents highlights of the 35th America's Cup as Team Oracle USA bid to become the second team to win three consecutive matches in the history of the competition.


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It is sailing's Holy Grail. Five challengers came to Bermuda,

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fighting for the rights to tackle the defenders. It was never plain

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sailing. Britain had high hopes but the bell told in the semifinals for

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Land Rover BAR. One by one the challengers fell. New Zealand may

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have been battered and bruised but they had been the fastest. They are

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the Challenger. Oracle USA are ready. The waiting is over. It is

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the 35th America's Cup match. The Great Sound in Bermuda has provided

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the perfect racetrack for the fastest boats in America's Cup

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history, but just who has got the edge in this rematch between Oracle

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Team USA and New Zealand? And can the Kiwis banish the memories of

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that meltdown in San Francisco four years ago? New Zealand had a

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seemingly unbreakable grip on the cup. They led by eight races to one

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but in an astonishing comeback, Oracle, with Ben Ainslie on board,

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won eight consecutive races to retain the cup and shatter the

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expectant nation. We are approaching this to win it. Team New Zealand are

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fantastic team. They have shown that in the final series. We are

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preparing for the fight of our lives. Quite honestly, we can't

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wait. It is why we do it. It will be a hell of a show. Both teams have

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done a lot of sailing over the last couple of weeks. We had a good race

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earlier on. Full credit to the other challengers. They put on a massive

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show against us. Also BAR. They were strong. The support we get from back

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home, the Kiwi fans of the best fans in the world. Do have them behind us

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really does excite us and drive us a little bit harder to try and take

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the win. Light winds for the start of this America's Cup could well

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play into the hands of New Zealand. Let's see if Jimmy Spithill and

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Oracle Team USA can answer that. Let's join the commentary team Alex

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Deakin and Ken Reid. Different dynamic to the match

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racing. It is the match. That much greater pressure and strain and

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stress on both of the cruise. Oracle led very early back to the starting

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line. 48 seconds to kill and look how close they are to the start

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line. Little stunts by the New Zealanders. They have that option

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now if they want to push and press and be the aggressors. There goes

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New Zealand trying to come in and possibly do a little work. -- hook.

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The timing of these manoeuvres as we have seen over the last couple of

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weeks is key. New Zealand are closer to the starting line. They will pull

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the trigger several seconds early and have more pace. Oracle is so

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close to the start, struggling to keep fit. New Zealand is going to be

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way faster at the start of this America's Cup in Peter Burling does

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it right. America is a way that with a penalty right at the outset. Jimmy

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Spithill has gone that line too quickly. Peter Burling will be able

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to capitalise from here. He can just hang out right now. Oracle is going

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to have to slow down until they are two full boat lengths behind New

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Zealand. Unforced error. Maybe from two weeks off and a bit of lack of

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practice. That area where so many people thought the Americans were

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hold the edge. The start line, the pre-start in itself. They thought

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Peter Burling was possibly weak in that department. But it is the Kiwi

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boat, Emirates Team New Zealand, who are racing towards Martone and

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already reaching great speeds. -- towards Mark City Mark one.

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This is what the world has been looking for. We have not had much of

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a speed test here. Attacking and diving. We note that team New

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Zealand is very strong in this light breeze. The breezes down a little

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bit. We are down to nine knots. Let's see how Oracle competes in

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this jiving and attacking, these manoeuvres, compared to the really

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sharp package that we have seen from the Kiwi boat. The first jibe from

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the Americans. Just look at that setting. Just look at that water.

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What a venue for a top-flight sport! Oracle got so close, so tight,

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pulling the trigger early. I am surprised Peter Burling did that. He

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must just have decided to take his time. Once you are over early, just

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to drop back two boat length is nearly impossible. Acceleration in

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like there is such a critical factor. -- acceleration in light air

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is such a critical factor. Oracle really had a tough time. We can see

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the American crew and can contrast it with the Kiwis. The legs driving

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the hydraulic power through the boat. It has worked very well for

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them as they head round. Very stable, very consistent, very

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comfortable. Peter Burling said big game for us, boys. That means it is

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puffy, easterly breeze. Almost flawless on the tack, which is

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something we keep seeing. We have gone on about it. But conditions.

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USA went from just behind to quite far behind in no time. New Zealand

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tacks early to try and control their position. New Zealand with a healthy

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lead at the moment beyond 150 metres. Seemingly enjoying

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themselves in these early exchanges. It has been noticeable how relaxed

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they have appeared on the water and off it. I got to spend some time

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with them the other night. Most of the crew were at a casual dinner

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setting. You would have thought they were going out for a Tuesday night

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race at their local yacht club. I guess it is something... We

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shouldn't be surprised any more. It has been a consistent theme

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throughout the event and we just shouldn't be surprised. In the

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bottom left-hand corner, on the racecourse, going up to gate number

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three. This is a microcosm of the entire, narrow, rectangular

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racecourse. Just to show everybody at home in the world where they are

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in the racecourse and where they are heading. They are going up to gate

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number three. The difference in the foils is immediately obvious. The

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kink on the Kiwi foil. Both boats with their big air packages. The

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kink versus very straight. All of the foils are quite long. The longer

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it is, the easier it is to lift, which is a necessity in light air,

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but the bottom line is very different approaches to try to

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achieve the same thing. The New Zealanders stretching it out. And

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sailing a very tidy race at the moment.

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Flight time is good for the New Zealanders in particular, which is

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the amount of time the hulls are staying out of the water, minimising

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the drag. Not a perfect tack by Team USA. This is the parrot camera, an

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Peter Burling's shoulder. If this goes too far, a lot of people at

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home will be getting seasick. I think there are seven cameras on

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each of the boat and that is one. We are going to find out more about

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America's Cup sailing and sailors than we ever wanted to know! They

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are not allowed to sneeze without us finding out! One of the benefits of

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being able to get that close and personal. On-board Oracle Team USA

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right now. Two very different power systems.

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The conventional winders, called coffee grinders, an Oracle Team USA.

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To power the accumulator, to build up pressure to make the hydraulic

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systems work. You can't get much more different. An entirely

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different set of muscles. They are using their legs New Zealand and

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Oracle is using their arms. You remarked upon the totally different

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body shapes of the two groups of men on that basis. Different body shapes

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and different vintage. Everybody would agree that the Kiwis are much

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lower into the boat and have a much better windage package because of

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the system. Pressure is above you. Five seconds.

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Just be patient. That is the voice of the tactician, Tom Slingsby. He

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has left is grinding post and he is trying to get his weight forward in

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the boat. Every last nugget of information

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absolutely key, passed on between the tactician and the helmsman.

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Looking like a really good start from the Kiwis. They go round gate

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three and head off downwind again. And we can hear the voice of Blair

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Tuke, with a microphone for the first time. We have not heard much

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from this group. I think Blair has more tactical input than we have

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given anybody credit for. Let's wait to hear these guys communicating a

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little bit more on the jibe. The lead has built to nearly 500

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metres and the New Zealanders are capitalising on that start line

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penalty incurred by Jimmy Spithill and his American team. We can bring

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in Joey Newton on the water for us. How damaging was that penalty at the

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start? Yes, well, it put Oracle Team USA a bit behind. As Kenny was

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mentioning, it ends up being more than a couple of lengths. That

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combined with the choice to spit away at the first jibe, the race

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ended up being what you can see now. The Kiwis are doing a really nice

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job of just staying between Oracle Team USA and the next mark. Unless

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they make a big mistake, it will be pretty tough for them to find their

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way round. Joey certainly has more experience right now than most of us

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in this stuff. But very often you love the first race in America's Cup

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because you really get a feel for the boat speed but because they have

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been so spread out I don't think we have learned anything yet. Any

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trends that you can see on the racecourse? It is pretty hard to

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tell. The boats have been a long way apart. It is hard to argue that the

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Kiwis are slow. They have done a good job of extending. This easterly

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breeze is super puffy and a lot of geography to get over before it

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comes to the water, so a lot of puffs. That is affecting the boat

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speed on the water now. Very slick. They need coordination.

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As we have seen throughout this time, Peter Burling is running a

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very organised crew. Worth remembering based at this match

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point down. They have to win eight races to win the America's Cup ear.

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But on account the Americans winning the qualifying rounds and getting

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extra points to bring into the match. So what a terrific start it

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would be for Emirates Team New Zealand if they can wipe out that

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point in the opening race. This place, this America's Cup Village,

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which has been purposely built, including the land we are sitting on

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here in Bermuda, has done nothing but be spectacular, not only for us

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and for the racing itself, but for the literally hundreds of thousands

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of fans who have come through here. White here's a little split that is

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happening right now. They waited a little bit for their tack. If we are

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is a chance to get into the race now this may be it. Again, very shifty

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on the racecourse right now, puffy and shifty, difficult for the

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tacticians. So, a lot of ground to make up but

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one of the reasons they will have headed off in the other direction

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having split the course, the Americans, is to chase back breeze,

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try to steal a march somehow or other on the New Zealanders who just

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stretching away very comfortable at the moment. Who's going to tell that

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kid he is in the first race of the America's Cup? You can't see it on

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his face. Just a quiet weekend drive? That's what it looks like! He

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is enjoying the view, no doubt enjoying the one behind in

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particular with Jimmy Spithill miles and miles further back. You could

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call it driving Miss Daisy but I date you to call any of those guys

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missed Daisy! -- idea you to call any of those guys missed

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so, looking pretty straightforward for the moment from Emirates Team

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New Zealand. They will have to do something massive if they had to

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blow this lead. You don't see them making too many errors. The error

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count is really low. Look at the shape of that foil out of the water.

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You wonder if one of the biggest differences is between Team New

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Zealand and the rest of the fleet, it has been in the shape of those

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dagger points. A lot of conversation, I have had it

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explained to me why they think it works, the designer explained it to

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me, and he may have while -- as well have been speaking ancient Egyptian!

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Whatever it is doing it is working really, really well. Me are in title

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command. This young, fearless team, and Peter Burling keen to point out

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at the press conference yesterday, this is an almost entirely new crew

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from the one his supper that heartbreak in San Francisco four

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years ago. Glenn Ashby the only member of that Kroos way so there

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can be no baggage. Ashby is technically the skipper. He has

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given a tonne of credit not just for the innovation in this boat, I have

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said it many times, may thought as the best multihull sailor on the

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planet, but he is the glue who kept this programme together through

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tough times, and does the quiet voice in the background I think it

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is safe to say Glenn Ashby deserves an awful lot of credit for the

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success of Emirates Team New Zealand to date, and obviously coming up

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pretty well. It doesn't look like Team USA have

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had any terrible manoeuvres. That's not the best gybe by Emirates Team

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New Zealand there, but nothing seems glaring at the moment, they are

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sinking down in the water now, though, only seven and a half, eight

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knots of breeze out there right now. I think they are slowing down to try

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to cause a bit of an issue with Emirates Team New Zealand. I wonder

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if they did that on purpose. This is the right to a boat but it is

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lighter air, these guys not even trying to foil right now. Jerry, the

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breeze dropping. It seems to have just in the last five minutes. I

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thought the boats were slowing down to engage the Kiwis but it that we

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are seeing a light spot at the top because as you can see Team USA not

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even foiling wind any more. The wind speed drops away to about nine

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knots. There is Tom Slingsby. Something dramatic has to happen on

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the part of the Americans here if they had to find a way back in

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because it looks like the Kiwis are long gone. Ring rust? And no, in a

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fluky day like today, this group is not going to be happy, don't get me

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wrong, but at the same time, I think they have proven to the world that

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there is not a heck of a lot of panic in this group as well, so one

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races one race, they will regroup, talk it through, I think Jimmy will

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be most frustrated with that starting line and the timing. There

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might be a little rust but they have been sailing every day against Japan

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and buy themselves last four or five days, so I'm guessing they don't use

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that as an excuse stop widdies sit with that? It can go two ways -- wed

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use it with that. They can be underdone or nicely rested. I would

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say they could give up the rest for the competition. These guys have

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been an hardcase competition for the last two weeks well Team USA have

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been doing their thing. no matter how much you practice it is like any

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other sport, match competition is everything. You've got it. So the

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last leg of this apparent Kiwi win, through the gate they go, the finish

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is a relatively short reach. Coming closer and closer to the shore and

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all those thousands of fans, they like to call it the stadium, and you

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can see why. They will have to do a few more gybes here, though. An

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interesting breeze direction where the setup of the racecourse is

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through the bottom gate, then they will have to gybe one more time,

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literally smack dab in front here at America's Cup Village. You can hear

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it from the Kiwi crowd but this is not an easy way to finish right now.

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Like tear down here and Oracle is screaming from behind. You said it,

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smack dab, you might describe that many were from the Kiwis as that.

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They are building speed and sailing high to build speed. Very slow and

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light in the last couple of gybes, let's see if Oracle counting

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continued apace, they are coming in really fast right now. There is a

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sniff for the Americans, but it is only a small sniff at this point.

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Now the boat speed is building from the New Zealanders and they are

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circling away from trouble. I don't think whale bit -- think they will

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lay it, they have one more gybe to go. Burling is taking every puff

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down possible right now. Just when we were saying five was enough, the

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Kiwis know how to make it interesting! We have seen it a few

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times in Bermuda, last-minute panic manoeuvres when things are not quite

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to perfection. But other than a few hiccups towards the end, the New

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Zealanders have made a storming start to the America's Cup match,

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exploding out of the blocks, wiping out that 1-point advantage the USA

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had, taking the initiative and the start with the American penalty, and

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I guess now we can say it is all square. That is right, wiping out

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that point, and for those of you joining the America's Cup, that

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point was from Oracle Team USA winning the latter round earlier,

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two or three weeks ago. They won a latter round against all the

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challenges and the winner of that took a point into the finals, and

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actually that taking a point made your opponent lose a point, so

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Emirates Team New Zealand started at -1 coming in and now we are all

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square, back to even, and here we go. That error on the start line a

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massive blow for Jimmy Spittal and Team USA. New Zealand never looked

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back. More action in a moment, but first, the America's Cup maybe 166

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years old but it has always been a race on and off the water. The

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America's Cup has always been associated with technology, and the

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fact is, the fastest boat has always won. That has probably been the case

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way back 100 years ago, and it is pretty obvious that that is the way

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it is still going. It is and always has been a design and technology

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race. Look back to the first race around the Isle of Wight, it was

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very much about developing the materials for the sails. Technology

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made a huge difference in terms of sail design and naval architecture,

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the materials available for the structure of the holes of the boat,

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and all the way through to 1983, and that was a huge change, the winged

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keel which was a key factor to Australia being the first Challenger

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to win the America's Cup and take it from the Americans. Back in 83 we

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really saw people trying to hide ideas. Australia was one of the

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first to use the shrouding, what we call the skirts, and trying to hide

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the keel the whole time. And on the flip side, the whole surveillance

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stepped up on the other teams and effectively the spying started. In a

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competition technology is only useful if you have it and your

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opposition doesn't. Every team has a team out there around the world

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trying to get their technology off their opposition. That is half the

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game, let's find out what they are up to and copy. So many smart

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designers and engineers working on making the boat go quicker, so it is

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for sure. In 2010, the match between Ellison and birds rally in the giant

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multihulls which led to the multihull Eire and ultimately more

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multihulls. The more recent radical ideas have been foiled. It is

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harnessing nature in a way that blows me away still today. You

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think, we had 30 times faster than we were. Ten years ago had you said

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to me we would be sailing around in foiling multihulls are close to 60

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miles an hour I would have laughed at you. It will be amazing to see

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where they are at in ten years' time.

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COMMENTATOR: Race number two of the America's Cup match, New Zealand

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against USA, the oldest sporting trophy on the line and the best

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sailors in the world on these, the fastest boats in the world. It

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doesn't get too much better than this, and the priest at cat and

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mouse progressing. I think we will see Team New Zealand take a left

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hand turn. Spithill will go after them and start pushing them. There

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is the left-hand turn, Spithill gaps right off. 33 seconds to go, he will

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continue pushing, he will push Team New Zealand right down to that

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yellow line out here. That is the line where you probably don't want

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to go to much further van because you go into the wind and have a hard

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time getting back to the start. Oracle more impressive in this

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prerace. Spithill is looking after it this time around. Determined to

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make up for the error. The Burling cat on his tail. The boat speed is

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different from race one but they are all clear now. Across the line now.

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Acceleration contest now, who can accelerate the quickest? Remember

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Emirates Team New Zealand from the higher, faster angle, can they get

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over the bow and use their wing wash to push Oracle back again? There

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they are, pressing, pressing over the top of Oracle and roll over the

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top again. Peter Burling two the two. I don't

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think anybody was expecting to hear that. -- two for two. Just as if it

:30:25.:30:37.

is the most natural thing in the world for him right now, being in

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charge of this flying machine at nearly 40 knots of speed, leading

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the better in Jimmy Spithill up to Mach one. For the second time this

:30:45.:30:50.

afternoon, he is the one dictating the terms of this event. Jimmy

:30:51.:30:55.

Spithill, the man who has been successful in the last two America's

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Cups, is the one chasing. Getting a better read on the boat speed in

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this contest. They are similar boat speed at similar times. Probably in

:31:08.:31:15.

similar puffs. They are aiming for the dark water. That means better

:31:16.:31:26.

wind speed. Critical first to jibe -- first jibe.

:31:27.:31:37.

The key elephant, the smoothness of the manoeuvre, to minimise the drag

:31:38.:31:43.

and make sure that the boat speed stays as consistent as possible. I

:31:44.:31:49.

think we saw a three or four not speed difference in that jibe. New

:31:50.:31:54.

Zealand carries that speed difference into a 130 metre lead all

:31:55.:32:03.

of a sudden. They are zooming the lay line in the bottom right-hand

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corner. Oracle will look for a split at gate number two, most likely. The

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lay line are those two yellow lines to the side of the screen, giving

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you the best possible part to make the gate in one without further

:32:20.:32:26.

manoeuvres. New Zealand is absolutely tearing it up at the

:32:27.:32:27.

moment. They are in the code one jibs today.

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They are one designed jib, so all the sails full first time in history

:32:47.:32:50.

are exactly the same shape, size, one design. No difference there. The

:32:51.:33:04.

Americans are having to play catch up. This was not really part of the

:33:05.:33:09.

game plan. Not part of theirs anyway.

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We are looking at match racing going on right now. Very much different to

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a lot of the match racing we have seen in the past, with boats

:33:34.:33:38.

attacking each other. This is much more classic match racing that guys

:33:39.:33:42.

like Joey Newton and I have done over the years. Joey, we saw that

:33:43.:33:48.

other red and black boat from New Zealand look pretty quick on the

:33:49.:33:53.

first run. Yes, that is right. It would be hard to argue they were

:33:54.:33:56.

going slow down that first run. They had a really nice jibe. They

:33:57.:34:02.

stretched out pretty quickly in that one. I wonder how much gangsta and

:34:03.:34:12.

concern there is an American ranks right now after these early races.

:34:13.:34:29.

-- angst and concern. The New Zealanders are looking good. I am

:34:30.:34:32.

not sure we thought they would be this good in the lighter air. A

:34:33.:34:36.

light breeze forecast for tomorrow. This race isn't over yet but from

:34:37.:34:41.

what we have seen so far, Kiwi fans around the world are licking their

:34:42.:34:42.

chops. High up on their foils, head down,

:34:43.:35:06.

singular purpose. Peter Burling sunbathing with a Scotch egg on his

:35:07.:35:07.

back pocket! Just pure boat speed right now.

:35:08.:35:23.

There could be a little more wind pressure on the racecourse where

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they are, but with wind direction, little more of a shift. -- a

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right-hand shift. Explain these numbers to people. When the boat

:35:41.:35:48.

jibes or tacks, it is hard to explain, but we have just seen all

:35:49.:35:52.

the numbers in New Zealand's favour. They were going faster. Their

:35:53.:36:02.

numbers were better. There are a number of factors with regard to

:36:03.:36:04.

speed. The VMG is the Holy Grail. We can just hear Tom Slingsby

:36:05.:36:41.

talking about higher and faster and higher and slower. That is owed.

:36:42.:36:45.

They can change their notes on the boat according to how they want to

:36:46.:36:57.

sail. -- that is a mode. It seems like the Kiwis are doing whatever

:36:58.:37:01.

they want to do at will and radical turns as well. The way they throw

:37:02.:37:09.

the bow round double quick time. They are moving towards gate three

:37:10.:37:16.

at 26 knots. They are going to Luke Wright around that Mark Bright there

:37:17.:37:21.

and just extend big time. -- they are going to loop right around

:37:22.:37:37.

that mark right there. They will have another massive lead in no

:37:38.:37:41.

time. I think the motor sound is the

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hydraulics working the wing. That is Glenn Ashby. He just went to look

:37:58.:38:02.

around the other side of the wing to make sure they were not going to

:38:03.:38:05.

interfere with Oracle. They want nothing to do with Oracle at this

:38:06.:38:10.

stage. Stay away, stay clear, just keep doing your thing. By and large

:38:11.:38:13.

that has been a policy throughout their time in Bermuda. They want to

:38:14.:38:18.

keep their noses clean and sail their own race. They don't want a

:38:19.:38:23.

dogfight with Jimmy Spithill. We can go back out to Joey Newton.

:38:24.:38:53.

There is nothing that appears obvious to us looking at the screen.

:38:54.:38:56.

Is there anything that appears obvious to you on the water? This is

:38:57.:39:01.

a pretty big discrepancy. Not really. There is the obvious oil

:39:02.:39:05.

difference shape that we are seeing. The kink shaped and maybe a tiny bit

:39:06.:39:14.

longer on the Kiwi boat. But when they are getting in front, they are

:39:15.:39:18.

piecing the wind shifts and the puffs of breeze together and

:39:19.:39:21.

extending away. They are doing a really nice job of sailing mad boat.

:39:22.:39:27.

Through this entire series, since race number one of those later

:39:28.:39:34.

rounds, early on, team New Zealand has not lost a race when they have

:39:35.:39:52.

been ahead at Mark Bunn. -- Mark 1. What do the numbers say? The numbers

:39:53.:39:59.

are good. Team New Zealand. Usually the minimal conversation. Clipped,

:40:00.:40:03.

precise, and exactly what everybody needs and nothing more. That is the

:40:04.:40:09.

sign of a well oiled machine, my friend. That is exactly how you

:40:10.:40:13.

wanted on any sailboat, not in the America's Cup. -- that is exactly

:40:14.:40:25.

how you want it on any sailboat, not just in the America's Cup. Peter

:40:26.:40:34.

Burling, 26 years old, high school, never flustered. I was reading a

:40:35.:40:39.

fascinating piece on him in the papers in New Zealand which was

:40:40.:40:42.

talking about his natural feel for any racecourse, his ability to spot

:40:43.:40:45.

wind shifts and be in the right place at the right time. I do a lot

:40:46.:40:51.

of offshore racing. I hope he doesn't go into offshore racing! Put

:40:52.:40:58.

a blanket ban on him! Extend your career another few years! This is

:40:59.:41:02.

just fully dominant right now. Interesting that we are hearing

:41:03.:41:16.

Blair Tuke and Glenn Ashby giving a bit more information to Peter

:41:17.:41:19.

Burling. We were under the impression that he was doing most of

:41:20.:41:26.

the tactical wind shifts positioning himself. But we have a couple of

:41:27.:41:29.

microphones on the boat that we may not have had before and we are

:41:30.:41:32.

hearing quite a bit more from Glenn Ashby and Blair Tuke with regards to

:41:33.:41:37.

helping to position the boat on the racecourse.

:41:38.:41:49.

If you look at Jimmy Spithill, he has got his hands on the wheel right

:41:50.:41:57.

there. He is actually moving the foils with those twist grip on the

:41:58.:42:03.

steering wheels. Controlling the flight of the boat.

:42:04.:42:15.

Nothing looks crazy slow. Nothing looks out of whack on board Oracle

:42:16.:42:20.

apart from the fact they are 650 metres behind. If there were toys

:42:21.:42:30.

being kept in the shed onshore, the Americans are going to have to empty

:42:31.:42:34.

the box. They will have to go look again. Always difficult to try to

:42:35.:42:45.

establish exactly what is that anybody's sleeve at any moment in

:42:46.:42:51.

America's Cup campaign, but you would expect if there were new

:42:52.:42:59.

little details and that that ability -- and the ability to adapt in their

:43:00.:43:03.

design, they would have done it before today. This forecast has been

:43:04.:43:07.

in the mix for a long time, from as far out as possible. The weather

:43:08.:43:10.

forecast can really be very accurate. They would have known what

:43:11.:43:13.

was coming so you would not expect them to be keeping anything back.

:43:14.:43:19.

They didn't get the board down early enough for team New Zealand. A rare

:43:20.:43:29.

unperfect tack from New Zealand. Is that a word? Imperfect! Unperfect?

:43:30.:43:36.

Is that the difference between American and British English?

:43:37.:43:45.

Gate five of seven and the New Zealanders are looking in total

:43:46.:43:53.

control right now as we get a decent perspective about where they are on

:43:54.:43:56.

the racecourse from a helicopter hovering up above.

:43:57.:44:08.

Just looking at these VMG numbers again, even though they are on

:44:09.:44:17.

opposite tacks, they are settling down. New Zealand are heading on the

:44:18.:44:23.

other side of the wind shift. Away from the line. The VMGs, when the

:44:24.:44:30.

two boats lined up again, these numbers are critical. You have got

:44:31.:44:35.

to imagine that all the teams and the players from each of these teams

:44:36.:44:41.

are watching it very closely. To be clear, the VMG is the combination

:44:42.:44:46.

between boat speed and angle? Correct. And wind direction is a

:44:47.:44:52.

variable obviously. It is how close to the wind and how fast you are

:44:53.:44:55.

going. You can go close to the wind and slower and further from the wind

:44:56.:45:00.

and faster. The VMG is that perfect combination between the two.

:45:01.:45:10.

The Kiwis, because of the narrowness of the racecourse, are occasionally

:45:11.:45:16.

forced into war wind shift they don't want to be on. They have been

:45:17.:45:21.

headed a little bit on both sides in the last few minutes, by not the

:45:22.:45:27.

perfect wind shift. Oracle has back to 300 metres, almost half the

:45:28.:45:31.

distance in a short period based on the windscreen. Shifty out there.

:45:32.:45:36.

Very, very shifty in the wind. They might claw our way back into

:45:37.:46:01.

this contest, the Americans. Tom Slingsby has an instrument right

:46:02.:46:04.

there that is helping him tell the wind direction. He is looking at the

:46:05.:46:08.

water for the dark spots, probably using that instrument in his hand to

:46:09.:46:15.

help him figure out if the wind direction is working for them or

:46:16.:46:16.

against them. They are helping them out there. VMG

:46:17.:46:50.

which means just go normal. Sometimes the path is in front of

:46:51.:46:55.

you, you want to lead into it. Huge gains on this wind shift in the last

:46:56.:47:01.

three or four minutes from just wind shifts. Well done by Slingsby, this

:47:02.:47:06.

is all of a sudden the boat race. They were thrilled with that last

:47:07.:47:12.

tap, all of time gaining on the Kiwis. The Kiwis better get on their

:47:13.:47:20.

shift quickly. They just barely get up on their foiled on time. Barely.

:47:21.:47:28.

He is breathing down Burling's neck right now and applying pressure all

:47:29.:47:31.

the time. There is the protest from the Americans. So we await the

:47:32.:47:37.

decision from chief umpire Richard Slater. Will the Kiwis be a penalty

:47:38.:47:42.

down? No, they will not. They are free to go. But this is game on. The

:47:43.:47:53.

wind shift seems to be out of sorts for Emirates Team New Zealand. From

:47:54.:47:59.

about half up the leg on. Sure enough, big shifts but Oracle are

:48:00.:48:07.

down to eight knots on the Kiwis are going at 18 so all of a sudden are

:48:08.:48:10.

back in the race and have a super slow gybe. Oh, disappointment for

:48:11.:48:15.

Oracle Team USA fans. Crushing blow after all that hard

:48:16.:48:34.

work reeling in the Kiwis. Now all of a sudden they are 350 metres

:48:35.:48:36.

further back. That could have been a combination

:48:37.:48:51.

of a lighter patch but they were almost in the same water. We will

:48:52.:48:57.

have too asked later. Look at this last leg. The Kiwis go to the

:48:58.:49:02.

boundary then tack and have a really horrible angle coming back and Team

:49:03.:49:06.

USA, look at the difference from there to that of the wind shift

:49:07.:49:12.

Oracle is in. Massive gains, and sure enough, Oracle comes back at

:49:13.:49:17.

them in a wonderful wind shift, enough to make this race incredibly

:49:18.:49:21.

close, literally within a metre at one stage, but one bad gybe by

:49:22.:49:25.

Oracle, whether a puff of wind or just technique in the gybe just

:49:26.:49:34.

spreads this thing out. They lost almost 300 metres in a gybe! Any

:49:35.:49:40.

sailor would think that is literally impossible. But welcome to foiling!

:49:41.:49:51.

It is a cruel blow. We have seen throughout our time on the Great

:49:52.:49:55.

Sound that one small error, that was big, but a relatively small one can

:49:56.:50:00.

cost you 200 metres. This one much more costly than that for Jimmy

:50:01.:50:06.

Spithill. A wonderful number by our folks back in the truck to figure

:50:07.:50:10.

out how many metres lost in that one gybe. That will go in the history

:50:11.:50:16.

books I think. That is the new sailing we are becoming more

:50:17.:50:27.

accustomed to all the time. I'm going to guess they do this last lap

:50:28.:50:31.

into the finish much better than the first time around. Better line

:50:32.:50:36.

through the gate. The pressure is kind of off with regard to Oracle

:50:37.:50:40.

look how far behind Oracle is. Still they are putting in every last

:50:41.:50:58.

ounce of their being, everything left out there on the racetrack but

:50:59.:51:02.

it is all paying off because they are having quite the day, the New

:51:03.:51:07.

Zealanders. They are through the last gate, they had tearing up

:51:08.:51:15.

towards the finish line. As we have said many times, put the brakes on

:51:16.:51:18.

quick or you will be in somebody's drink! What a day for Peter Burling

:51:19.:51:26.

and Emirates Team New Zealand, what a start to their match, a blistering

:51:27.:51:30.

opening, laying down the gauntlet to the Americans. It is shaping up to

:51:31.:51:36.

be a brilliant duel, but the Kiwis have torn it up today. Two wins from

:51:37.:51:43.

two, and they need six more wins and a trophy will be theirs, but they

:51:44.:51:47.

have started in the best possible fashion. That is Kiwi jubilant is

:51:48.:51:54.

like we have never seen before, a couple of handshakes and a nice job

:51:55.:51:58.

and that is roll you see from these guys, I guarantee it. -- all you

:51:59.:52:12.

see. So we are hearing chuckles coming from the New Zealand team.

:52:13.:52:17.

Not too much laughing with Oracle Team USA. A chastening afternoon

:52:18.:52:22.

here in Bermuda for Jimmy Spithill and the rest of his crews. Wondering

:52:23.:52:28.

how that went so badly so fast app about last gate. A miraculous

:52:29.:52:37.

comeback turns into really shocking defeat. That will be disappointed

:52:38.:52:39.

group. Keep hanging in there is the message

:52:40.:52:57.

from the helmsman, Jimmy Spithill. He has been through the mill before

:52:58.:53:02.

and knows there is every chance. He knows what it takes to come back.

:53:03.:53:08.

Think back just four years ago of course, the best and biggest of them

:53:09.:53:12.

all, the most dramatic of them all, but not at that stage. The Kiwis

:53:13.:53:19.

have their noses in front now on the Great Sound and the Americans have

:53:20.:53:23.

it all to do. New Zealand having started this opening day of the

:53:24.:53:27.

match one point in arrears, they are now point up, first to seven race

:53:28.:53:32.

wins for the trophy. What a dominant start from the New

:53:33.:53:37.

Zealanders, two impressive race wins on day one. I have been chatting to

:53:38.:53:45.

both the skippers, first rookie Peter Burling. Congratulations. Good

:53:46.:53:51.

start to your career. We are pleased with the way the boys did Sabella

:53:52.:53:55.

today, did a lot of things well but it was a tricky day and we made a

:53:56.:53:59.

lot of mistakes as well. We feel we have a lot to improve on from today

:54:00.:54:03.

and if we can get that same day again we would sail better than we

:54:04.:54:07.

did today. At the same time to win the America's Cup, you have to win

:54:08.:54:12.

races. We were happy to take two today but they would be the easiest

:54:13.:54:16.

races we get. We are just going to keep improving and chipping away and

:54:17.:54:27.

try to get better to win the final race. Jimmy said he handed you the

:54:28.:54:30.

first race. Did it feel like that? I think he handed us the first start

:54:31.:54:33.

with the time he led back by, but it was an incredible tricky day. If we

:54:34.:54:37.

are behind today, he had so many opportunities to come through and we

:54:38.:54:42.

are happy with the way we went about it. The composure of the guys showed

:54:43.:54:47.

to keep ahead in the final race, to get him off the foil then forcing a

:54:48.:54:51.

bad gybe was incredibly pleasing in terms of where we came from as a

:54:52.:54:55.

team. We were put today down to being rusty round the racetrack,

:54:56.:55:00.

Jimmy. We definitely more moat -- made more mistakes and that is

:55:01.:55:04.

reflected in the results, but we have an opportunity to make a pass

:55:05.:55:08.

which was close to happening, but we couldn't make it happen. So a lot of

:55:09.:55:13.

lessons to be learned, we will go back tonight and spend time going

:55:14.:55:18.

through it. We are only one back, long way to go. Pretty

:55:19.:55:21.

uncharacteristic mistakes from you in the pre-start. The first one, we

:55:22.:55:26.

were initially happy with what we do it -- were doing, then unfortunately

:55:27.:55:32.

it became clear the numbers were not what we were thinking. We will have

:55:33.:55:36.

to go back and look about. Second we were happy, we thought it would be

:55:37.:55:41.

close, almost a flip of the first start and we thought we would be

:55:42.:55:48.

able to get off, but they just out accelerated us. Very close, we have

:55:49.:55:53.

another opportunity at the top mark and a shame really that we couldn't

:55:54.:55:57.

stick the gybe. Like I said, we have to go back and learn why that

:55:58.:56:02.

happened, work on the consistency and comeback swinging tomorrow. Lots

:56:03.:56:07.

to talk about from today's action. A man watching very closely is Freddie

:56:08.:56:11.

Carr from Land Rover BAR. There was much talk about how weak the Kiwis

:56:12.:56:16.

were in the starting box. We saw none of that today. All the top

:56:17.:56:26.

before race one was how Jimmy Spithill of America would take it to

:56:27.:56:29.

the Kiwis and duff them up in the starts and lead him off the line but

:56:30.:56:32.

today was the opposite of that. The Americans started early in race one,

:56:33.:56:34.

got carried away, which handed the start to New Zealand and the whole

:56:35.:56:37.

race, then in the second race it got exciting in the last 30 seconds, the

:56:38.:56:41.

Americans attacked the New Zealanders, the New Zealanders did

:56:42.:56:45.

an amazing job of holding off, and all importantly pulled the trigger,

:56:46.:56:49.

started perfectly and accelerated better into the racecourse. It

:56:50.:56:53.

looked to me that the Kiwis could do what they want. Are they unstoppable

:56:54.:56:57.

with speed to burn? We learned a lot about their speed in the light wind

:56:58.:57:02.

coming through the qualifying series and they have carry that into the

:57:03.:57:06.

America's Cup match. Oracle were confident to match them in the light

:57:07.:57:08.

airs, but there is no question after today that the Kiwis are the faster

:57:09.:57:22.

boat in the line-up. It seemed you could never rest or relax, it was

:57:23.:57:25.

never over today. That's right, round the last mark of the last

:57:26.:57:28.

race, the second to last turning get the Kiwis had a 400 metre lead and

:57:29.:57:31.

by the topic was neck and neck, it was amazing how tactically you could

:57:32.:57:34.

use the win to get back into the race, then one bad manoeuvre by

:57:35.:57:37.

Oracle Team USA and that was race over, 2-0 to New Zealand. Confident

:57:38.:57:42.

start from New Zealand. What can we expect tomorrow? Potentially more

:57:43.:57:49.

wind so let's take what we learnt about the speed today. Tomorrow we

:57:50.:57:53.

are racing in medium airs. I expect the American team to go really hard

:57:54.:57:57.

tactically, but Peter Burling is answering all the questions America

:57:58.:58:01.

throw at him at the moment. Thanks. For sure it will be exciting. If you

:58:02.:58:06.

want to catch up with the highlights, watch on BBC Two on

:58:07.:58:10.

Monday night at 11:15pm. That's it from Bermuda.

:58:11.:59:04.

We need to trap the beast which killed him.

:59:05.:59:12.

Tear him apart! I want him found! Now!

:59:13.:59:17.

Join Shirley Robertson for highlights of the 35th America's Cup as Team Oracle USA bid to become just the second team to win three consecutive matches in the 166-year history of the competition.


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