Race 3 and 4 Highlights Sailing: America's Cup


Race 3 and 4 Highlights

Team Oracle USA defend their 2013 title in the 35th America's Cup. Shirley Robertson presents all the highlights from the oldest competition in international sport.


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International sports's oldest trophy is up for grabs again. It has come

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to Bermuda. Six teams travelled to the North Atlantic. Only two teams

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remain in contention to stop you were essentially representing a

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country and a whole legion of fans and you have to take that as

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motivation and encouragement and that is what we do. There is a lot

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of pressure and it is something I enjoy. We have been through some

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pretty tough situations over the past couple of campaigns. You

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definitely face a lot of adversity along the way as well. One thing is,

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this team is incredibly resilient and it can bounce back. I am

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expecting a real fight. Everyone has managed to come through under

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pressure and make it happen and it feels like it will come down to

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whoever beats who on the day. When you think you have seen it all, it

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is time that you are done and I am a long way from that. History is

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history. But history is repeating itself and the Kiwis are off to

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another great start. No one in the New Zealand camp will be taking

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anything for granted. Four years ago they squandered a lead in San

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Francisco, the Americans performing one of the greatest sporting

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comebacks helps by Sir Ben Ainslie. This time around Oracle are again

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starting on the back foot and this is what happened on day one. Here is

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what the world has been looking for, so much strain and stress on each of

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these crews. Jimmy Spithill has gone across that line is too quick. It is

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looking like a really good start to the campaign from the Kiwis. Look at

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that tack, just flawless. This lead is being built to almost 500 metres.

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This is not an easy way to finish, Oracle are coming in really fast.

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The Kiwis know how to make it interesting. The New Zealanders have

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made a storming start. Really difficult conditions here today.

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Race number two and Jimmy Spithill has really gone after it this time

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around, determined to make up for the error. It is an acceleration

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contest now, who can accelerate the quickest? Wow, New Zealand is

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tearing it up at the moment. It is very shifty out there in the winter.

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They are somehow clawing their way back into this contest, the

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Americans. Jimmy Spithill is breathing down Peter Burling's neck

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right now and applying the pressure all the time. This is game on. Oh,

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disappointment for Oracle Team USA fans. They have lost almost 300

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metres in the gybe. Laying down the gauntlet to the Americans, the Kiwis

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have torn it up and the Americans have it all to do. These guys at the

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end of the day made fewer mistakes. If Oracle's good news is they are

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only one down, what do you take out of it? They are one up. By virtue of

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winning the first round of qualifiers, America went into this

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cup contest with a 1-point advantage, so New Zealand may have

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won the opening two races, but the score is actually 1-0 to the Kiwis.

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Not the start that Jimmy Spithill would have hoped for. New Zealand

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was flawless, but today is a different day and the breeze is

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other bits and the Americans redressed the balance? Let's find

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out. Race number three under way and

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Jimmy Spithill needs to come up with some answers posed by Peter

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Burling's New Zealanders. How are you reading the start,

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Kenny? They are pushing back pretty aggressively. They went much further

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down, deeper in the box today. The trend yesterday of getting back to

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early does not seem like it will continue today. Jimmy Spithill is

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going after them aggressively. That yellow line on the side of the

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racecourse, you do not want to go to much beyond that because the other

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team is New Zealand. Only ten seconds to go until the starting

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line. The timing is critical. The speed of both of these boats is

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excellent. Jimmy Spithill this time is straight across the mark and

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there are no penalties to either team and they are storming to mark

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one. You would think they would be quicker on this reach, the Oracle

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Team USA. When they get over the top there is a little burst of speed.

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But there is an overlap. This will be very tight as to who can get into

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the box. The New Zealanders have lodged a protest against Oracle Team

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USA. There is no protest and Jimmy Spithill is free to go. 40 knots

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from the American team, it is an impressive statistic from the

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American team so early on. They are going to gybe early and try to split

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the speed. This is a shorter run than normal. If they can gybe within

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the second anyway... This is a critical time in the race so early

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on. Not a perfect gybe by Oracle Team USA. Watch for the wing wash of

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the Emirates Team New Zealand here, they are soaking. They will try to

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use their wing wash to slow down the others. The New Zealanders seemingly

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always comfortable. When their superiority is question, the

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Americans got off to a good start, but it is the Kiwis in front. They

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are going to try this tricky manoeuvre right away coming out of

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this gate. So a split course. They are flying off at five or six

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knots quicker than their opposition at this point.

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If you go back to the starting sequence, the Emirates Team New

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Zealand gybes and there was a little splash down by Oracle and that is

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all it took. They allowed Emirates Team New Zealand to go slowly down

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over the top of Oracle and use that dirty air coming off the wing to

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push them backwards. It opens up to a 150 yards lead in no time. One

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mistake. The cyclists are head down and trying to palm as much energy

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through the system as they can to power up the boat. Everything needs

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to be manipulated by that hydraulic power. 11-12 knots of wind speed

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right now which you would imagine would be good for Oracle. But you

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look out on the racecourse... That was not too far away from disastrous

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for the Americans. There was a big slip. Carbon fibre is not very

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cushioned. Yesterday we had very shifty

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conditions, today not quite shifty most likely because the wind is

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coming into the Great Sound from the ocean. Up on the foils for the

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entirety of the race, these two. But it is the Kiwis who are flying at

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the moment. Gerry, is history repeating itself out there today? It

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seems a little like it. It was just that one little mistake that Oracle

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made in that gybe that you were talking about that cost them. The

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Kiwis got a nice little shift. The Kiwis are settling very well and

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they are attacking in the right spots. It will be difficult to

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overtake them unless they make a mistake. Tactically the Kiwis were

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ahead at that first mark, so I am going to stick with that as being

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the 100% number of never being passed in any race in this entire

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event so far and that is really incredible. That is a fast boat. A

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fast boat is a tactician's best friend and it is a fast boat. There

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was a lot of chat about whether the Americans would try to tweak their

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foils to assist their front today. We should bring Joey back in. We

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must be right at that trade-off between high speed and low speed

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boards for Oracle Team USA. That is right, we are pretty comfortable

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into the high-speed boards in this race. Their low speed boys are aimed

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at a slightly higher wind speed. Yesterday when it got really light,

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Oracle Team USA gave a lot. But the Kiwis have eyes have a nice habit of

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getting their low speed boys to work. It is an nice habit, it is

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fine. The tacticians are saying, Jimmy, we have to go, because they

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are close to the lay line. It is very interesting. They tacked well

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early at the boundary. I wonder if they will be able to make it through

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by just one tack. You want to minimise these manoeuvres.

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Around the gate and again the smooth manoeuvring which is their

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trademark, the New Zealanders. Comfortable in their lead seemingly.

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This is kind of a costly manoeuvre. They tacked early and they have

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worked to the boundary. But they did not make it through, so they had to

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do one more attack. Just a little more instability in

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the American operation at the moment although the speed is excellent as

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they round that gate. A lot of ground to make up, but they are

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managing to minimise bat at the moment. We saw yesterday, Kenny, a

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lead of 600 metres wiped out across one leg of the racecourse. That was

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quite shifty conditions coming off the land and back out to Joey Newton

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on the water. A little steadier breeze maybe today than yesterday?

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The breeze is a little more north, so a little more left across the

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racecourse and the breeze is flowing over less land before it gets to the

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racecourse. Even though it is a bit shifty, it is not like yesterday.

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And we have got a few more knots which settles everything out a

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little bit. Look at the Kiwi line and it seems to be a little bit more

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open and they are sailing deeper angles, they are sailing a lower

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angle than Oracle Team USA that is trying desperately to do anything to

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get back into the race. It is a big lead. Do we feel now it is about the

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Kiwi mistake for the Americans to crawl their way back in? They are

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clearly desperate for a Kiwi mistake right now. The only time they made

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the mistake was right at that bottom gate coming into the finishing line.

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In the middle of the racecourse they are flawless. Holy mackerel!

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And there is Peter Burling, you are effectively driving the boat. If you

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want to be on board a 40 foot yacht, here is your chance everybody.

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For sure we have heard more chatter from Glenn Ashby and Blair. They are

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saying anything is good for us at this stage. We want to hear these

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guys and hear what their strategy is. Glenn Ashby is looking very calm

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as ever. No winches or hydraulic from the wing spin. We hope to stick

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our noses into his pocket at some stage.

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That is from our drone on the racecourse. We have got cameras in

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all directions here right now. Just pressing this. Stand by. All

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bases are covered. Three, two, one. Turning. Just waiting for the time

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when the drone can fly underneath the platform because that is the

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only picture we cannot bring you right now. The natural progression

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going up wind and they are going slower so the lead tends to shrink a

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little bit as the boats go up wind and the boat ahead get that

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opportunity to take off and use the downwind speed. That was not the

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best tack by Emirates Team New Zealand there.

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So the Americans are needing something special from here. The

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last two legs of this race are not long. They seem to be making some

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headway. They did a couple of extra tacks. They decided to give up a

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little bit of their lead in order to touch base with the Americans. Why

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would you do that? It is more of a traditional match race tactic. You

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know you will give up a bit of a lead in order just to sail in the

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same water and in the same approximate wind pressure and wind

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speed and wind direction of your competitor. Look at the angles of

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those boards. Very, very different. That kink in the dagger board

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compared to Oracle Team USA which has much straighter foils. There is

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no shortage of innovation on this boat, whether it is their wing trim,

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the foils shapes, the foil movement. Did you hear that? That is the

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hydraulics of the wing. We talked to Joey earlier and there is a maximum

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depth that the boards are allowed to be at under the boat and that kink

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allows the board to be at the maximum draft or depth of the boat

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where the foils can be under the water.

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Three is it is interesting to see the heart rates of some of the

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individuals involved. They generate the power just a little bit easier

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than the traditional grinders. The Americans have a hybrid system with

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one bike in the back. We will keep a close eye on them over the next week

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or so. The more races we have, the more we can analyse that data a bit

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more clearly. Again they will be looking for a

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split, anything right now. At some stage of the race you need not only

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a mistake, but a gift from the heavens, an act of God, and massive

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wind shift, some sort of drama from your competitor. As we have seen far

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too many times these guys do not tend to give it away. This will be

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tight. Oracle is trying to create a bit of a situation. They are

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protesting. You wonder if Oracle tacked them in that position to

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create a setup. That is all school tactics as well. To be honest I am

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not sure why they pushed the button there. That was a boat tactic.

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Probably a degree of desperation at this point because they are so far

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back. The Kiwis are heading up to the final mark and then it will be

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the route to the finish. The Americans at the moment cannot buy a

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race win. This is looking ominous. Not many people predicted this sort

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of domination. This is absolute domination at this stage.

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Hit it. Go, Louis, go, Louis. Nice work, boys. Tom Slingsby into the

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bike. The sign of a leader, trying to keep them positive on board

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because it is pretty easy to get very down when you have this sort of

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deficit. This is the final mark that the Kiwis have to navigate their way

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around. They are on the reach to the finish. It is a pretty long reach

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today. Yesterday you had that continuation of downwind and today

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is very different. They are streaming towards the finish line.

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Today it is just a pretty solid pitching wedge to the finish line.

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All done with the minimum of fuss. They have a seemingly wonderful

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distribution of responsibilities and labour and they have worked out an

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excellent system, Glenn Ashby, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. A few Kiwi

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fans waving their flags out front right now. The New Zealanders

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picking up where they left off yesterday and ripping into a 2-0

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lead in the match. They have won all three of the three and are leaving

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the USA trailing in their wake right now. Just looking in such dominant

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form. They have ploughed their own furrow. They have done the right

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thing, they have trained in New Zealand away from the majority of

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the rest of the fleet and they have been innovating and coming up with a

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plan and now they are executing it. This is going to be a very

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comfortable last ride in for Jimmy Spittal and his crew. He would have

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been hoping to have at least remedied some of their problems

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overnight. It seems they are right up against it. Two races in a row.

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Especially as the breeze came up today, I think everybody around

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Bermuda right now, America's Cup veterans and pundits and all

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involved, thought that extra bit of breeze would be good for Oracle. If

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you are a USA fan, that race is an ominous sign. What a dominant

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performance from the young Peter Burling. You have to be impressed by

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the speed of these boats, up to four times the wind speed. How does it

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work? Here is Iain Percy to explain. Apparent wind is the wind that you

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feel when you are moving along, like when you put your head out of the

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window in a car on the freeway and you will feel the wind in your face

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regardless of where it is coming from. With that apparent wind you

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get faster and you get more wind and when you accelerate, the apparent

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wind increases and you accelerate more. I am on the bike now and I am

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not moving and the wind is coming from the left. As we start to

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accelerate we expect the apparent wind to move forward and eventually

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it will be in front of me. I start to move and we see what happens. We

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come to about 90 and the speed goes up and it turns in front of me more.

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We showed on the bike that when you started going faster, the apparent

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wind goes forward, but it also increases. In a sailing boat, the

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more wind you have, the faster you go, so the apparent wind generates

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more wind which allows you to go faster and it generates more wind

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and you end up feeling wind three times the actual breeze and using

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that to go three times the speed of the wind. As we get faster, the wind

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will go in front of Because we generate so much speed,

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especially upwind, our apparent winds get very high. Because of

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that, the drag on these boats, which traditionally has been about

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hydrodynamics becomes about aerodynamics. The design of the boat

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references the hull but also the aerodynamic drag of the boat, the

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crew and the wing. That allows us to create these incredible speeds on

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the water. Race number four of the America's

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Cup match. The defenders in some trouble. Last chance for them to

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rescue the situation today and spend their next few days rather more free

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of angst and worry. New Zealand entered the start line box and

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immediately had either a bad jibe. They stop there for a second,

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whether they have lack of power, something went really horribly

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wrong. It has set them up to be in a kind of a tricky predicament here.

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They're being put very early to the start. Oracle trying to hook them.

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He's defending it incredibly well. He is really in a tough spot and

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team New Zealand could be in a good position off this line. Incredible

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comeback in this pre-start by Emirates Team New Zealand. That is

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the hand-to-hand combat that you've mentioned throughout this America's

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Cup campaign. The New Zealanders off out in front yet again and holding

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off the challenge of Spithill in the pre-start. Very similar to the last

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race, except they've swapped sides. Emirates Team New Zealand reach over

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the top of Oracle Team USA by mark number one? Will they reach over the

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top? They are. They're going four knots quicker. They're going to slow

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down oracle before they get to the mark. Man oh, man, four races in a

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row. There's the wing wash. Causing all kinds of bother of Oracle Team

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USA. Right now that will be the least of their concerns. They've got

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to find a way into this contest somehow. They've been taken to the

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cleaners frankly in the opening three races.

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Put being to the test. Jimmy Spithill was expecting the battle of

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his life, as he exraned in the pre-match press -- explained in the

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pre-match press conference. He's in the thick of it right now. Very

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similar to race number one, with almost identical boat speeds going

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down wind. It's upwind that the kiwis have a dominant set up in that

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first race today. This 11, 12 knots of wind speed.

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Consetently a couple of knots quicker. Upwind, downwind doesn't

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make much difference to them. The Americans have to find a way to

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negate that. Split course. The Americans right

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now they need wind from somewhere. To really propel them forwards.

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They're looking like they're in big trouble. I wish we could say their

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manoeuvres were slower. I wish we could say their jibes were worse.

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The fact is they look pretty good. It's not like in the earlier rounds

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in the times that we would see a team make one big critical error and

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lose 150 metres immediately. This is like a slow triple death, that is

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just one metre at a time. And consistent.

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Can I ways will attack to stay in the -- kiwis will attack to stay in

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the middle of the racecourse. Only slow down to 19 knots in the middle

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of that tack. You can tack as much as you want if you're only going to

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slow down at 19 knots. The Americans tacking. The course

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laid out for you left, bottom left of your screen. That's where they

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are currently. The Emirates Team New Zealand has

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tacked in a fairly traditional match racing position on top of Oracle

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Team USA. We look at these boats and this has been quit, whether it's

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been -- consistent, whether it's been Emirates or oracle. We're going

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to get a visual here in a minute. It shows just the angle difference.

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It's something as a sailor we love the fact that you can point higher

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than another boat. You couldn't think it would be a big deal in

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foiling catamarans going 27 knots of wind. But any little advantage, that

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EMB advantage that I've been trying to train you about, it's not easy to

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do. It's a slightly complicated thing. The boat's velocity in the

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direction of your destination. That's not bad. Getting there. The

:35:18.:35:25.

angles I think are relatively straightforward because if can you

:35:26.:35:32.

get a sharper angle up to the gate, you're making more ground up the

:35:33.:35:35.

course per manoeuvre. Every time we talk about this and how the kiwis

:35:36.:35:39.

are dominating, you go to the bottom of each of the sites here and USA is

:35:40.:35:44.

actually going better, as VMG upwind. They might be in a little

:35:45.:35:52.

bit more breeze. Here comes another tack from Oracle Team USA. Again,

:35:53.:35:55.

they've been really good on the tacks. They've been solid on the

:35:56.:36:00.

manoeuvres. I'm going to guess that they're pleased with how those are

:36:01.:36:08.

going. Back out to Joey for a second on the water. The manoeuvres look

:36:09.:36:13.

great. The tacks look great. The jibes look, for the most part,

:36:14.:36:18.

great. Just a little off the pace. Yeah, it's certainly what it looks

:36:19.:36:23.

like. The kiwis slippery down wind. USA paid a little bit the split at

:36:24.:36:29.

the bottom. The kiwis doing a nice job of tacking in the right spot.

:36:30.:36:35.

Getting in between oracle and the mast, now they're -- mark. Now

:36:36.:36:40.

tacking in the right place. They're extending so much. When the boat

:36:41.:36:43.

ahead plays the wind shifts correctly, even if they're in an

:36:44.:36:47.

even boat, you're not going to pass them. That's the bottom line. Joey's

:36:48.:36:50.

right. They're just tacking in the right spot. They're minimising their

:36:51.:36:55.

manoeuvres. They're playing match race games and tacking on the other

:36:56.:36:58.

boat when they need to. Then they split away from them and minimise a

:36:59.:37:04.

tack coming into the mark. It's texts book now. It's clin cull at

:37:05.:37:07.

this stage for Emirates Team New Zealand. That seems to be a goodage

:37:08.:37:15.

ebbing Tiff to describe this man, Peter Burling. He's clinical, cool.

:37:16.:37:20.

He's instinctive as well. He's seeing where the wind shifts may be.

:37:21.:37:24.

Seeing what the best path might be, all the time eyes up. Very natural

:37:25.:37:33.

sailor. Everybody involved in the sport says what a natural talent he

:37:34.:37:40.

has for it. Started out in the Red Bull America's Cup. Came up through

:37:41.:37:51.

that programme. This is another launching going on right here now

:37:52.:38:01.

for the kiwis. I guess we mentioned earlier, for oracle, this is a big

:38:02.:38:06.

race. Because you don't want to go into what is essentially a by-week.

:38:07.:38:11.

Five days off on such a downer. At the same time, they might be

:38:12.:38:14.

thinking, whoa, back to the drawing board here. In its own way that's

:38:15.:38:19.

kind of shocking. You would have thought after the last two weeks

:38:20.:38:22.

they had to develop their boat, they would have come out ready to start

:38:23.:38:27.

to do some thrashing. But they are clearly not the faster boat here.

:38:28.:38:30.

The faster boat always wins the America's Cup. We had that debate

:38:31.:38:47.

yesterday. The Kiwis match tough having come through the challenge of

:38:48.:38:54.

play-offs and they are very much in charge of operations at the moment.

:38:55.:39:03.

Not only must it be a blast to sail a boat like that on a day like

:39:04.:39:14.

today, but to be just crushing oracle in the America's Cup right

:39:15.:39:22.

now. Getting a workout. I hope he's taken his sea sickness pills.

:39:23.:39:36.

Just effortless. It isn't of course, but it looks it. He's got numbers on

:39:37.:39:44.

his wrist. He's got numbers here. Push buttons there. They cleared

:39:45.:39:50.

thing out for Burling, those are numbers to help him with how fast

:39:51.:39:55.

the boat is going. They're going 32 knots. Let's look with Jimmy here.

:39:56.:40:05.

Burling is down in the cockpit all the time, that low windage. Jimmy

:40:06.:40:10.

has to see up and over all these guys standing up in front of him. So

:40:11.:40:15.

we don't see down in his cockpit just because of the positioning of

:40:16.:40:20.

how, where these guys sit in their own personal cockpits. He's taking

:40:21.:40:24.

care of the winch as well now. Totally different set ups. He cleets

:40:25.:40:35.

down the winch. Runs across. Slingsby is on the wheat. -- wheel.

:40:36.:40:45.

Then pumping some hydraulic fluid. You see the heart rates of the

:40:46.:40:49.

grinders. They're all much, much higher than the cyclists. They

:40:50.:40:58.

typically are. I'm sure we can get a doctor in here and I'm not even

:40:59.:41:00.

going to speculate. You keep calling this a slick

:41:01.:41:16.

operation, I think that's the understatement of the century right

:41:17.:41:28.

now. Just barely see those hulls dropping, extending higher. They are

:41:29.:41:34.

moved as crisply as is humanly possible. There will be a split at

:41:35.:41:39.

this bottom gate. Oracle jibing, one and in to the gate. They will take

:41:40.:41:45.

the other side. At least in this race here, it's becoming desperation

:41:46.:41:49.

time. They need, again as we talked about in the last race, they need a

:41:50.:41:53.

wind shift or wind pressure miracle at this stage.

:41:54.:42:07.

There's the drone shot. The Americans hunting for wind. They are

:42:08.:42:21.

going to have to talk to the drone operators to see if we can get them

:42:22.:42:26.

to take a shot in between those two hulls. Maybe the last day.

:42:27.:42:39.

Touch-and-go - it's not going to be a great foiling tack. The hull will

:42:40.:42:51.

go in the water for a time. In the background the stands and the people

:42:52.:42:55.

and the incredible race village that's been built here in Bermuda.

:42:56.:43:07.

Heading up to gate five, upwind. The wind shift only a small one to the

:43:08.:43:13.

right-hand side? Yeah, tiny little wind shift. They close up a little

:43:14.:43:19.

bit because Emirates Team New Zealand did a couple extra tacks in

:43:20.:43:22.

order to just kind of control the situation. It looks like chaotic

:43:23.:43:27.

control, but it's control. They've positioned themselves in a similar

:43:28.:43:31.

part of the racecourse, almost directly upwind from Oracle Team

:43:32.:43:35.

USA. They've given up a little bit of their lead, but again, as a

:43:36.:43:41.

tactitioner, you're looking over your shoulder downwind right now and

:43:42.:43:46.

you see oracle in your peripheral vision and you're very happy,

:43:47.:43:48.

content. They're not going the other way, I got this right now. It's just

:43:49.:43:54.

a perfect set up. It's becoming a familiar sight for the kiwis at this

:43:55.:43:59.

point. What you're saying is they've relinquished a bit of their lead so

:44:00.:44:05.

they can have the Americans at arm's length, they've effectively got

:44:06.:44:08.

their fist on the collar of Jimmy Spithill? Holing him back? Yeah --

:44:09.:44:15.

holding him back? Yeah. You mentioned it earlier in the

:44:16.:44:18.

broadcast, you would have thought they'd have pulled out all their

:44:19.:44:23.

toys to come out of the blocks here. They've known for a good solid four,

:44:24.:44:27.

five days what the wind strength was going to be the first two days.

:44:28.:44:33.

That's about how good the long-term forecasts, predictions. You're going

:44:34.:44:35.

upwind, you look at the angle differences. Here's oracle and team

:44:36.:44:41.

New Zealand there. Just a constant higher angle. We saw it against art

:44:42.:44:47.

miss last week -- artimis last week. When they sail with these boards,

:44:48.:44:52.

they point higher with the wind. That's a higher VMG. It's a dominant

:44:53.:44:56.

mode for them upwind, which is so powerful when you're match racing.

:44:57.:45:09.

We're getting to your new best -- to know your new best friend just a

:45:10.:45:16.

little better. That's not a conventional meeting position, is

:45:17.:45:21.

it? No. Unless you're canine. OK, that was almost too far. There's got

:45:22.:45:24.

to be a downside to everything, right? It is very hard to know what

:45:25.:45:37.

the Americans can do to force the pace from here. It is probably

:45:38.:45:42.

reliant on an error and a fairly sizeable one from the Kiwis. If you

:45:43.:45:45.

are on the American boat now, are you hoping beyond hope that next

:45:46.:45:53.

weekend the gales come? OK, at least it's a strategy. Hope is not - Is

:45:54.:45:58.

not a good strategy. No, it's not a great strategy. They've all known

:45:59.:46:06.

for years what the average wind speed here in Bermuda was going to

:46:07.:46:10.

be this week. At least you take a guess at it, of course. It can be a

:46:11.:46:14.

bit of everything. The wind gods do what they want. But I've seen

:46:15.:46:18.

somewhere between that eight to 11 knot range as an average wind speed

:46:19.:46:22.

here this time of the year. I've seen it off tons of different

:46:23.:46:29.

weather forecasters sheets. Tacking. Hold on. You can see, when you see

:46:30.:46:39.

it upclose that like, you can tell how simple it would be just to lob

:46:40.:46:42.

somebody off the edge. Wouldn't take an awful lot. Not just strength

:46:43.:46:51.

required from those on board. A bit of balance too.

:46:52.:47:01.

Into gate five. They will go downwind for one final leg. They

:47:02.:47:11.

will reach to the final. They will be feeling extremely happy with the

:47:12.:47:14.

way their campaign is progressing at the moment. Concentration and focus

:47:15.:47:21.

required. History tells us that they have that in spades. Just screaming

:47:22.:47:34.

across the water. Absolute dominance at this stage.

:47:35.:47:45.

This is Peter Burling, right in front is Glenn. He's always down

:47:46.:47:52.

inside that little - you can see a box. He's got a box in his hand

:47:53.:47:57.

right there. I know I'm a terrible circle drawer, I've been told! He's

:47:58.:48:02.

controlling the twist, the camber and the sheet, the in and out all

:48:03.:48:06.

with his thumbs. There's no winch involved. There's no nothing. It's

:48:07.:48:11.

really a fascinating set up as to how you take the aerodynamic, we

:48:12.:48:17.

talk about the hydrodynamics all the time, it's the aerodynamic part of

:48:18.:48:21.

the project. There he is again. Zoom in, there's Glenn, that box he's

:48:22.:48:25.

holding onto and controlling everything. You see the wing going

:48:26.:48:30.

in and out right there. In and out. But it's not just that, he's

:48:31.:48:34.

controlling the twist of the wing, the camber of the wing. Absolutely

:48:35.:48:40.

revolutionary with regard to how they're trimming and how the set up

:48:41.:48:46.

of this boat works. It must be really strange for somebody like

:48:47.:48:50.

Glenn, who has been trimming sails and steering boats his whole life to

:48:51.:48:54.

not have a rope in his hand. It had to take some real getting ugzed to.

:48:55.:49:03.

-- getting used to. A lead of almost 900 metres for Emirates Team New

:49:04.:49:12.

Zealand. They are the challengers. Beaten challenger, of course, four

:49:13.:49:14.

years ago from a position of enormous dominance. Whilst the

:49:15.:49:18.

Americans will be deeply concerned they will also perhaps be clinging

:49:19.:49:22.

to a little bit of hope that they can find a way back in. It's not

:49:23.:49:28.

over till it's over. That's what San Francisco taught us. Let's go back

:49:29.:49:32.

to Joey for a second, it's going to be a long week, obviously in the

:49:33.:49:38.

oracle camp, but boy oh, boy, what can you pull out of the box right

:49:39.:49:43.

now? Do you think the Kiwis have been saving stuff themselves? Is

:49:44.:49:46.

this a different boat than what you thought you'd be racing against? It

:49:47.:49:50.

is a little bit. The America's Cup is about learning and evolving and

:49:51.:49:54.

changing and getting the boat faster as you go through the event. This

:49:55.:49:58.

boat we're seeing today, the New Zealand boat, is quicker than the

:49:59.:50:01.

one we raced a few weeks ago. They've evolved quicker than the

:50:02.:50:06.

American boat. We'll go away this week and have Frank discussions. The

:50:07.:50:10.

boys will be thinking about what we're going to do to mould the boat

:50:11.:50:15.

differently to match or leapfrog the kiwi boat. It's happened before. It

:50:16.:50:19.

happened in San Francisco. I tell you what, this has a little

:50:20.:50:23.

different feel to it, I have to tell you. Tearing down the runway, the

:50:24.:50:30.

New Zealanders, victory in their sights. Hordes of supporters on the

:50:31.:50:36.

shore line. Of course, all those boats out there too. It has been

:50:37.:50:43.

such a dominant, impressive display. Peter Burling at the helm. And right

:50:44.:50:48.

now the Kiwis are hammering the Americans. Four races, four wins.

:50:49.:50:53.

They are cleaning up. And the New Zealanders putting on a

:50:54.:51:11.

show for all those watching here in Bermuda and of course, thousands,

:51:12.:51:18.

millions around the world too. Those on the north and south islands will

:51:19.:51:23.

be delighted with what they've seen. Hoping beyond hope that they can see

:51:24.:51:26.

it through, all the way to the end now. Get it done. Get it finished.

:51:27.:51:33.

Bring that trophy back to New Zealand for the Americans, goodness,

:51:34.:51:37.

it's going to be a very uncomfortable few days for Jimmy

:51:38.:51:39.

Spithill and his crew. A sombre team. A sombre camp right now for

:51:40.:51:46.

Oracle Team USA. A lot of sombre fans here in Bermuda. I don't think

:51:47.:51:50.

anybody saw this coming. Maybe the Kiwis did. But I'm not so sure

:51:51.:51:57.

anybody else did. They're trailing in beyond the minute mark as well.

:51:58.:52:03.

The margins of victory, the margins are large. They really are big. No

:52:04.:52:08.

matter what Jimmy Spithill is trying to tell us, that was a pounding.

:52:09.:52:13.

After two days of racing, the Americans are in big, big trouble.

:52:14.:52:18.

Not quite a crisis of San Francisco proportions just yet. But the red

:52:19.:52:22.

lights are blinking. That's very well put.

:52:23.:52:24.

The standings therefore looking like this:

:52:25.:52:42.

Shell shocked Team USA after such a dominant New Zealand performance.

:52:43.:52:46.

How dot Americans come back from this? We'll discuss that in a

:52:47.:52:50.

moment, let's first hear from the skippers. You had the look of a man

:52:51.:52:56.

who's quite stunned by what's happened the last two days, sum up

:52:57.:53:02.

how hard this is being America's Cup skipper in this position? I'm not

:53:03.:53:06.

stunned. You know, I'm more motivated that we've got to do some

:53:07.:53:10.

changes. I think we're a team that's been in this position in the past.

:53:11.:53:15.

You look, we have beaten these guys. We've taken race wins. We won the

:53:16.:53:18.

qualifiers for a reason. We've got a great team. We know we've got a good

:53:19.:53:22.

boat. We've got to improve it more. We've got to take good steps. What's

:53:23.:53:26.

in our favour is we're not at match point. We have five days. We're not

:53:27.:53:31.

really even halfway through the competition. There's still a lot

:53:32.:53:35.

left on the table. I think we're going to be quite aggressive with

:53:36.:53:38.

our changes. We're going to do everything we can to get this boat

:53:39.:53:43.

faster. The New Zealanders seem flawless, I mean, often you get that

:53:44.:53:48.

with boat speed, tactical genius. What areas do you think that you are

:53:49.:53:53.

weak in and can improve in the time left? I think everything. We really

:53:54.:53:57.

need to sharpen up in all areas. I don't think just making a change in

:53:58.:54:02.

one area will be enough. You have to be good at everything. I don't think

:54:03.:54:07.

the Kiwis have been flawless. I think Pete's candidly said they've

:54:08.:54:11.

made mistakes. These boats, they produce mistakes because they are so

:54:12.:54:16.

challenging to sail. Again, we've beaten these guys before. We've won

:54:17.:54:20.

races. We can do it again. We've got five great days here. We'll use

:54:21.:54:23.

every single minute of the five days. Massive congratulations, what

:54:24.:54:28.

a dominant performance. What's the mood in the camp? How pleased is

:54:29.:54:33.

everyone? We're really excited with the way we sailed today. But I think

:54:34.:54:37.

at the same time, we made a lot of errors. We have a lot of things to

:54:38.:54:41.

work on and improve on. Today was obviously great to get another two

:54:42.:54:45.

points on the board. We made it no secret we've come here to win the

:54:46.:54:48.

America's Cup. We have to win eight races to do that. We've managed to

:54:49.:54:52.

win four races now. We definitely do feel like we're not even halfway

:54:53.:54:57.

there. The next race this coming weekend are going to be tougher than

:54:58.:55:00.

they were today. We're setting up for a good battle. To use a kiwi

:55:01.:55:08.

expression, I mean you've got whales in abundance. Does it feel like that

:55:09.:55:11.

when you're racing and how come you're so much faster? The thing

:55:12.:55:15.

people aren't talking about today, it was shifty out there, a tricky

:55:16.:55:19.

race track. I think we did a really good job staying in the puffs. Every

:55:20.:55:23.

time we seem to split from them, we get a good shift and come back a lot

:55:24.:55:27.

further ahead. I think that's full credit to the communication on

:55:28.:55:31.

board, the way the guys are sailing and improving. Now we're all hungry

:55:32.:55:36.

to learn. We know we have a lot we can improve on. A lot to learn on.

:55:37.:55:40.

However we feel like we're going pretty well at the moment. We'll be

:55:41.:55:44.

better next weekend than we are now. If you look back to the qualifiers

:55:45.:55:48.

we were clearly competitive and we could beat them. Yesterday, I

:55:49.:55:52.

thought they had quite a big edge on us. Today we definitely bridged that

:55:53.:55:56.

gap. We need to keep moving at that rate. If we can keep making those

:55:57.:56:00.

development steps over the next five days, we have the ability to take a

:56:01.:56:04.

step over them. It's been quite the day here. Joining me to discuss it

:56:05.:56:08.

is former America's Cup skipper Ian Walker. Jimmy Spithill on the ropes?

:56:09.:56:13.

He's not on the ropes. He's on the floor right now. I mean, we saw

:56:14.:56:17.

Anthony Joshua get up and that's what he's got to do. As we've seen

:56:18.:56:21.

in the past, if any team can do that it would be Oracle Team USA. They

:56:22.:56:26.

now have five days off. How happy is Jimmy going to be about that and

:56:27.:56:30.

what can they realistically achieve? I think without being inside their

:56:31.:56:34.

four walls, we won't really know what's possible. We've seen in the

:56:35.:56:37.

past how much they've been able to turn things around. We've seen with

:56:38.:56:41.

these boats that small changes can make bit changes in boat speed. It

:56:42.:56:45.

just already seems a long time ago that they won the round Robin

:56:46.:56:50.

series. Here we are and they are staring at a 4-0 record in the

:56:51.:56:54.

final. They've got to do something fast. Four years ago, we saw them

:56:55.:56:59.

come back in dramatic fashion in San Francisco. There's a might, a

:57:00.:57:04.

machine around oracle. Yeah they've got a lot of resources. Jimmy

:57:05.:57:07.

himself will know he's got to sail better. He needs to start better.

:57:08.:57:10.

They've got to get round that first mark in first position. That's the

:57:11.:57:14.

only way I think they're going to beat Emirates Team New Zealand. On

:57:15.:57:19.

top of that, they need some speed. For that they'll need the boat

:57:20.:57:23.

builders to work overtime. Your thoughts on the Kiwis, they seem to

:57:24.:57:27.

have speed to burn. Why is that? What package have they got that

:57:28.:57:30.

no-one else has? There's a number of things on their boat that stand out.

:57:31.:57:34.

The obvious one to the viewers is the cycle, the bikes on board, which

:57:35.:57:37.

is generating more hydraulic oil which they can use to trim the wing

:57:38.:57:43.

in a different way. They trim in a very different way less dynamic,

:57:44.:57:46.

more using the twist of the wing than the other teams. Also you can

:57:47.:57:49.

see on the board shape, that's very different. Some of that stuff is

:57:50.:57:53.

hard to match for oracle at this stage. That is at the foundation of

:57:54.:57:58.

decision of the boat. If there is one team that can come back from

:57:59.:58:01.

this, we've seen it before, it's Team USA. Join us next Sunday at 1pm

:58:02.:58:04.

on BBC two. MUSIC: The Elements

:58:05.:59:01.

by Tom Lehrer # There's Attenborough, micro.bit,

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The Bottom Line and In Our Time

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Team Oracle USA defend their 2013 title in the 35th America's Cup as they look to become only the second team in 166 years to win three successive trophies.

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