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,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


won eight consecutive races to retain the cup and shatter the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Deakin and Ken Reid. Different dynamic to the match


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


lead at the moment beyond 150 metres. Seemingly enjoying


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


but the bottom line is very different approaches to try to


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


sailing a very tidy race at the moment.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


right now. Two very different power systems.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the system. Pressure is above you. Five seconds.


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


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


the boat. Every last nugget of information


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


metres and the New Zealanders are capitalising on that start line


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


very organised crew. Worth remembering based at this match


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


But on account the Americans winning the qualifying rounds and getting


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


so, looking pretty straightforward for the moment from Emirates Team


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


from the one his supper that heartbreak in San Francisco four


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


interesting breeze direction where the setup of the racecourse is


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


very much about developing the materials for the sails. Technology


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


competition technology is only useful if you have it and your


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


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


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


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


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


multihulls which led to the multihull Eire and ultimately more


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


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


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


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


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


where they are at in ten years' time.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Acceleration contest now, who can accelerate the quickest? Remember


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Zealand carries that speed difference into a 130 metre lead all


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


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


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


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


manoeuvres. New Zealand is absolutely tearing it up at the


moment. They are in the code one jibs today.


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


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


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


game plan. Not part of theirs anyway.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


chops. High up on their foils, head down,


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


back pocket! Just pure boat speed right now.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


time. I think the motor sound is the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


piecing the wind shifts and the puffs of breeze together and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


just fully dominant right now. Interesting that we are hearing


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


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


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


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


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


helping to position the boat on the racecourse.


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


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


steering wheels. Controlling the flight of the boat.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Is that the difference between American and British English?


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


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


the racecourse from a helicopter hovering up above.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


against them. They are helping them out there. VMG


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Oracle Team USA fans. Crushing blow after all that hard


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


further back. That could have been a combination


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


comeback turns into really shocking defeat. That will be disappointed


group. Keep hanging in there is the message


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Americans attacked the New Zealanders, the New Zealanders did


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


started perfectly and accelerated better into the racecourse. It


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


tactically, but Peter Burling is answering all the questions America


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


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


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


We need to trap the beast which killed him.


Tear him apart! I want him found! Now!


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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