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


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


remain in contention to stop you were essentially representing a


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


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


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


pretty tough situations over the past couple of campaigns. You


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Francisco, the Americans performing one of the greatest sporting


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


made a storming start. Really difficult conditions here today.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


winning the first round of qualifiers, America went into this


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


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


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


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


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


out. Race number three under way and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


always comfortable. When their superiority is question, the


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


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


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


knots quicker than their opposition at this point.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


cushioned. Yesterday we had very shifty


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Around the gate and again the smooth manoeuvring which is their


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


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


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


do one more attack. Just a little more instability in


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


our noses into his pocket at some stage.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


best tack by Emirates Team New Zealand there.


So the Americans are needing something special from here. The


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


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


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


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


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


same water and in the same approximate wind pressure and wind


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


where the foils can be under the water.


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


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


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


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


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


more clearly. Again they will be looking for a


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


of domination. This is absolute domination at this stage.


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


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


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


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


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


today. Yesterday you had that continuation of downwind and today


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


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


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


distribution of responsibilities and labour and they have worked out an


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


been hoping to have at least remedied some of their problems


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


accelerate we expect the apparent wind to move forward and eventually


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


hydrodynamics becomes about aerodynamics. The design of the boat


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


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


the water. Race number four of the America's


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


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


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


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


whether they have lack of power, something went really horribly


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


cleaners frankly in the opening three races.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


negate that. Split course. The Americans right


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


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


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


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


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


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


just one metre at a time. And consistent.


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


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


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


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


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


are currently. The Emirates Team New Zealand has


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


angles I think are relatively straightforward because if can you


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


going to speculate. You keep calling this a slick


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


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


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


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


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


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


wind shift or wind pressure miracle at this stage.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


part of the racecourse, almost directly upwind from Oracle Team


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


across the water. Absolute dominance at this stage.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


holding onto and controlling everything. You see the wing going


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


years ago from a position of enormous dominance. Whilst the


Americans will be deeply concerned they will also perhaps be clinging


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


lights are blinking. That's very well put.


The standings therefore looking like this:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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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