Race 5 and 6 Highlights Sailing: America's Cup


Race 5 and 6 Highlights

Shirley Robertson presents the best of the action and reaction from the 35th America's Cup, with the oldest trophy in international sport finally decided after two years of racing.


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The battle for international sports trophy has reached its final weekend

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in Bermuda. After five weeks of at times thrilling competition, just

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two teams are left vying for a couple born in Britain 166 years

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ago. They call it the greatest race on

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water but in the first weekend of the America's Cup match between

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Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand, it was all one-way

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traffic. Here we go, this is what everybody has been waiting for.

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Jimmy Spithill's against Peter Burling's New Zealanders. Match is

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on. The Americans are away but they have

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a penalty right at the outset. Emirates Team New Zealand flying up

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on the foils. They are using the legs and Oracle using their arms.

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New Zealand are capitalising on the start line penalty, stretching away.

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They are coming in fast right now. Really fast. The New Zealanders have

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made a storming start to the America's Cup match, whitening out

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that one point advantage the USA had. Both are across the line now.

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Acceleration contest now. Who can accelerate the quickest? The

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Americans having to play catch up. It's was not part of the game plan.

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The Kiwis are doing whatever they want at will. Those radical turns at

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times. The way they throw those boughs around. What a start to this

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match. A blistering opening. Two victories from two. I felt like our

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boat was going really fast. Good news is, we're only one back.

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The speed of these boats, Jimmy Spithill's team straight across the

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mark. No penalty. They are going to gybe early and try to split New

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Zealand's speed. A critical time in the race. Watch for the winged wash

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of Emirates Team New Zealand. They win the first battle. Oracle trying

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to create a better situation on the racecourse. 700 metres might as well

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be in the next country. Upwind, downwind, doesn't seem to make too

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much difference and right now, the Kiwis are hammering the Americans.

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Four races, Watto victories, they are cleaning up. Our team is really

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hungry to keep learning and keep moving forward and keep improving.

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We know if we stand still, these guys will catch us. These guys are

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faster and we need to make some serious changes. These next five

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days will be the most important five days of the campaign. By virtue of

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winning the first round of the America's Cup qualifying in Bermuda,

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Oracle took a bonus point into the series. Although New Zealand won all

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four races, the lead is 3-0 going into race five. It is fantastic

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sailing conditions. Here on the Great Sound. Much anticipation. Have

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Oracle done enough? Let's join our commentary team. COMMENTATOR: Race

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number five is underway and we get our first chance to analyse just how

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Jimmy Spithill's Americans have changed things. Have they come up

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with any answers to the speed and consistency of New Zealand? Both

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boats began tracking back to the starting line. 45 seconds to go and

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you will see that starting line at the top of your screen. Team New

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Zealand taking solace down on that mainline, that yellow line, about as

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close as they ever want to get. Oracle will be committed to the high

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side. A lot of time to kill for these two boats. Oracle speeding up

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the line with 17 seconds left. Now they are slowing down, this will be

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about time and distance. America has picked up a penalty on the start

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line in the first race of the match and they need to be very careful.

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They are perilously close as the clock ticks down. They are across

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the line too early, yet again, they have gone too soon. The New

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Zealanders will look to make hay in the meantime. Oracle Team USA have

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to drop two boat length behind the Kiwis so advantage New Zealand yet

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again at the start. In the first race Oracle Team USA was over early,

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it was close. That was just pulling the bow down to soon and simply

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going for it with a fraction of a second. That was super close, I am

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sure we will see a review of that. That was very close. Screaming

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across the water, 30 plus knots. The Kiwis in front at Marc Warren. They

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are close to 40 knots with a wind speed of only half not. That gives

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you some indication of just how much pace generated by these flying

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machines. We will reel out that stat again. The New Zealanders, when they

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are first to the first mark have a 100% success rate in the races.

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100%. That goes all the way back to the very first race they sailed in

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the challenger trials in the latter contest early on. It's not a great

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start if you are an American fan, no doubt.

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Both terms driving near the boundary. This is a replay of the

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start line. That red line is the start line, an imaginary line. You

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will see Oracle Team USA just a fraction early. My goodness. This is

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not done by the naked eye, these boats are now too fast. This is done

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electronically in the back room to make measurements within centimetres

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of accuracy. Someone sitting in a dark room making these decisions.

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Not necessarily a human out on the racecourse. In the gate two. New

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Zealanders in front and they want to dictate a little bit. What will the

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decision be? Follow them round the mark. Oracle kept it close. By the

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first gate in the first couple of races, there was quite a wide gap.

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The attack from the Americans, not the cleanest of manoeuvres. They

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have recovered decently enough. As the Kiwis go about their business in

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the usual slick, crisp fashion. Radical turns speed. We have become

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used to it. When we talked to Freddie Carr in the pre-start, we go

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back to him in a minute, these guys who do this every single day, like

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Freddie has, they see things we clearly do not. There is no doubt

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Oracle has worked very hard to tighten up the boat this past week.

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There is a maximum weight limit and a minimum weight limit and they are

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about 100 kilos apart and they supposedly worked very hard to get

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down to the minimum. This is boat speeds, we haven't seen them...

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Encouraging signs for Jimmy Spithill's. Dial down. Start the

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attack, advantage Oracle. Dial down Emirates Team New Zealand, has to

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get behind the first pass. The first path we have seen at this event.

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Seminal moment and the Americans will be absolutely thrilled to see

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it. The support on the shore, spent a very anxious few days knowing that

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they are against the clock really, those five legs they have had to

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tweak and just has not been enough. Engineers, fans, designers, sailing

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team, families, waiting for that moment right there. Five days of

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work, was it worthwhile and sure enough, they are quicker right now,

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no doubt. Let's have another word with Freddie Carr out of the water.

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We have seen the Americans move in front, is a clear and obvious to you

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that the changes have worked? I think you can say that for sure.

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Oracle are fastest through the water. Two standout things for me as

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I was right in next Oracle, they are not dropping the dagger about all

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the way down to extension so effectively not going all the way to

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extension of that opens up the angle and make the boat faster. Never

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dialled down here. The riders look different to me. A step closer to

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New Zealand's rudders. Thank you, Freddie. Two passes already. Two

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very equal boats. Both boats protesting on the last dial down. My

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guess is they will not be any flags. The umpire taking their sweet time

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talking about this one. A protest has been launched and the Americans

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have picked up the penalty. Second of the race. How costly it might

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that be? This is where it happened. Dial down. They determined that

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Emirates Team New Zealand, had to get out of the way. These guys

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didn't think they did anything wrong. They have to drop back

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another two boats. The outfit in the bottom left of

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your screen give you a clue of where they are on the course currently.

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This is the replay. Oracle Team USA... What happens is Emirates Team

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New Zealand gets to go into the wind so essentially right to cross that

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line, that football line that imaginary line, they had another 10

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degrees to bear off and they didn't bear off that 10 degrees. The umpire

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has probably said New Zealand could have gone further but they couldn't

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have because Oracle was in the way. That's a touch and go one. We will

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get to Richard Slater at some point in the broadcast and he can explain.

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On board with the American boat. One last tack into the gate. The New

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Zealanders are beginning to stretch out in front. The second penalty the

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Americans picked up really cost them in the last part of this leg. Very

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hard to burn a penalty without burning too big a penalty. If you

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come off your foils when you are trying to burn a penalty, it can be

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catastrophic. That 100, 150 metres, one mistake and that gets evened up

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in no time. Oracle will have to tack one more time for this mark, I

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think. New Zealand did a very nice job. Oracle had the tack because of

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the boundary most likely and they will probably have to tack one more

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time. This is a costly manoeuvre. There they go, one more manoeuvre

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and we have seen repeatedly through the month bracing out on the Great

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Sound, sometimes, that is all it takes. Sometimes, there is just the

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difference between the two boats. Just elongates the course a little

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bit. The further distance and New Zealanders lead, a pretty healthy

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one. Going back out on the water to Freddie. Give us an idea of the wind

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shifts, they always get caught up on the boat speed and manoeuvring but

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give us a little weather profile out there on the water. I would say it

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is not too shifty. The thing that stands out to me is how Apache it

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is. Never above ten knots but quite big holes on the racecourse. Not

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only did Oracle get a penalty but they just served slightly less

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pressure than the New Zealanders coming in so they took the two boat

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length lost with a penalty but were just a little bit softer with

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pressure. There are opportunities for the tacticians and four Tom

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Slingsby to close this gate right down.

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Jimmy Spithill spinning those handles on the wheel. You wonder if

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that wrist injury is making any effect on how he controls the dagger

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ports. Perhaps as expected, he batted away the question when asked

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pre-race, didn't want to dwell on that, it wasn't going to make a

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difference to him, he felt. That is the image she has to project.

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Perception is often more important than reality. His arms could be

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hanging out of their sockets and he would know the difference! This is

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the Super Bowl, this is it. -- and he wouldn't know the difference.

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Average the MG, very interesting. That takes into account the New

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Zealanders had to slow down a little bit, so it is probably a little bit

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deceiving. Most of this lead they lost, they are having at the bottom

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of the screen to do radical horse change. To try to get the speed up

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again. Those gybes devastating when they drop back down into the water,

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it is so hard. Back to Freddie Carr. Are you surprised to see these guys

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all sailing with the pro-couple-mac jibs or the medium to heavy jibs? I

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must say I'm a little bit surprised by that? Oracle will try to defend

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and keep the New Zealanders behind and effectively, you have to try to

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be fast on the reach. We are trying to get the drone driver to get it

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between those palms. -- helms. A couple of people anxious about that,

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I would imagine. If you are an Oracle fan right now, there is no

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question they are quicker. You have to eliminate these tough manoeuvres.

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They splashed down. A 200 metre lead can turn into a 400

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metre lead in no time. He is full of fighting talk, Jimmy

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Spithill. Let's not forget is, he led a comeback and he knows his

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tactics. But he is getting himself into a pretty sizeable hole at this

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point. For all the chat and confident talk, he knows these guys

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have a fast boat and a very slick system. We are seeing Simon, the

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Olympic cyclist from 2012, heads down.

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The Kiwis forcing it at the moment and soon we will be heading for

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another victory, five in a row, on the Great Sound in this America's

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Cup match. They will be so well-placed as they bid to win back

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this trophy. They were victorious in 95 and 2000 and they are desperate

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to bring it back to Auckland, bring it back to the north and south

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island. 4.5 million people there. It is interesting in this race in

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particular, the Kiwi success has really been in more classic match

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racing situation. Not necessarily the boat speed we have been seeing.

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They won the dial down. What everyone thought would be the

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weakness of the Kiwis in this race, have clearly been a strength. These

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cycles have obviously commanded a lot of attention and we know this is

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a very efficient system pushing the de hydraulic power around. There is

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Glenn Ashby with his little gaming console. He is controlling all of

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the wing and you rarely see the wing go in and out in a radical way. He

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is controlling the twist in the camber much more reactively than the

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other teams have been able to do. He doesn't have a winch. Never a winch.

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He doesn't touch a rope. We discussed it before but also what

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seems to be clear is they have this brilliant division of labour. So no

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one man ever in charge of decision-making and

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responsibilities. We will get into the power a little bit more and how

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they are accumulating and using the hydraulic energy. The windage and

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ability for the cyclists to use their hands to help you other parts

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of the boat, help manoeuvre other parts of the boat, it is clearly a

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huge by-product of the cyclists that gets far less attention. The

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cyclists are obvious but what Blair Tuke is doing, right there with all

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the buttons, he is controlling all the positioning in the foil. I think

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with a joystick. He is looking at the camera saying, they got me! Just

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look at the almost surgical way in which they manoeuvre and manipulate

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the boat. The leak see them make an error in the America's Cup match as

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a whole. -- we have barely seen them make an error. They have a huge

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amount of work to do, America, New Zealand heading down for the final

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time in the race. These guys look slick. Freddie, I think was the

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longer tips on the Oracle boat, I think we see longer tips and selling

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more of an angle, more of an aggressive angle, something similar

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we have seen on the Kiwi boat throughout this whole event. You are

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right. I think the medium tips, they look like they are medium tips with

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an extension. As I mentioned earlier. They are effectively

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counting the board out a little bit more. I heard you talking about the

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wing setup New Zealand. We just followed them up wind and it is mind

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blowing how dynamic the top two flags are. I have heard about it

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talked a lot but have never been close enough and it is a constant

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movement. Glenn Ashby, it is like a hummingbird wing humming in and out

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and when that mode is locked in, it looks seriously impressive. Freddie

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has a ringside seat today. I wish you had that a couple of weeks ago!

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Doing a lot of learning right now! Thank you, Freddie.

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You guys with your incredible accents and great phrases, I have

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not heard hummingbird wing for a long time in reference to any sort

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of a sailboat. That is why he is out the! -- Fer. -- that is why he is

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out there. It is so straightforward, when you Peter Burling, nothing is

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complicated. 26 years old, entirely unflustered, taking a wonderfully

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uncomplicated approach to this whole campaign. Until he soaks all of his

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friends on the high side! We keep repeating this and you have to do.

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We are still at 100%, these guys first mark first, 100% they have won

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the race. And look at exactly where they are in contrast to the

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Americans. We have seen the big margins of victory and the Americans

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down seven knots of boat speed, in all kinds of bother. Another bad

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gybe on the USA boat. You can see the hole, we are looking over our

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monitors onto the racecourse you can see the holes the racecourse.

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Having a great day, the Kiwis. The all blacks victorious over the

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British and Irish lions earlier this morning in Auckland in the first

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Test match. And thousands of New Zealanders here enjoying yet another

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success, another hammer blow delivered by the Kiwis. They have

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powered into a 4-0 lead in the America's Cup match and they need

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three race victories to the trophy. The dominance continues. Got to ask

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yourself at this point, just what unearth can the USA do to hold the

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momentum? This time around, this race was about the stakes. We have

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heard Jimmy Spithill comeback in and say, we felt OK and all of us used

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our eyeball test and said, wait a second. You guys this last week and

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looked pretty slow to all of us. Today, I'm not so sure. I think they

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come in and say, we were quick. We were quick on the first week and we

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made a mistake. We caught them twice, we made a mistake. All of a

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sudden, the wheels kind of fell off. I think they are way more in the

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game than last weekend. We will try and get a view from Jimmy Spithill

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shortly. To discover if he is feeling confident and positive in

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the same manner but the margin of victory is a big one.

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Is this a team reassessing western mark is this a team digesting the

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margin of victory from the New Zealanders? They've got to go big in

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the next one because this match is getting away from them. Talking

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about, are you happy with the riders? They are probably stalling a

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little bit at times, they can move that round a little bit. There is a

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finite amount back and go between the two rudders and I believe they

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will do some fine tuning to try to gain a little more speed going into

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the next race. Across the finish line and plunging down, beyond two

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minutes. From the Kiwis. That's the biggest margin so far for all their

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extra boat speed if that is what they seem to have found.

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Confirmation of the Kiwi victory, 2.04 quicker than Oracle Team USA,

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they have won five from five and let's not forget the Americans

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effectively put their opposition on -1 at the outset because they won

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the qualifying stage. That's why the Kiwi lead is 4-0. Difficult start to

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the day for Oracle Team USA but on a positive note there were much

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quicker. Those five days in the shed have made a considerable difference

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but they are not sailing well. And at 4-0 down Jimmy Spithill and his

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team have a lot to think about. There may be no British interest in

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the cup match itself after Ben Ainslie's team was knocked out in

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the semifinals but there was reason to cheer earlier this week when

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their academy team won the Youth America's Cup in dramatic style.

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Going into the final date BAR made above six sailors aged between 18

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and 24 sat on top of the eight strong leaderboard. Switzerland and

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Team France just behind. But defending champions mounted an

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impressive last-minute comeback taking two wins before the final

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race. To take overall victory the New Zealanders needed to keep three

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places between them and the British. And as BAR academy trailed the field

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in the final race a Kiwi victory was on the cards. Aspect of their third

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win in New Zealand believed they'd done enough. But in a bizarre twist

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team Germany hit the final mark slowing others down in the process.

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The British sailed around the outside to finish second, enough to

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take the overall victory. Our second day was certainly not our

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first date on the first day we were consistent and had good results. The

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second day we did not manage that but we fought back. The thing to

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take out of this is we must never give up until the finish line. It

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came down to the hard work would put in before these two days, no one can

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win a championship in just two days and it's the year-long work we have

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put in but everyone behind-the-scenes also at the Land

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Rover BAR base that really made the win for us. New Zealander Burling

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lifted the youth cup a few years ago and now he's aiming for the Auld Mug

:30:34.:30:38.

itself. Let's rejoin the race six. USA against New Zealand, Spithill

:30:39.:30:44.

against Burling, in some trouble, looking to rescue the situation.

:30:45.:30:49.

Hurling spun around, almost a traditional match race move, he was

:30:50.:30:55.

almost getting bumped by Jimmy Spithill, they got slow. Desperately

:30:56.:31:03.

trying to get the overlap underneath Emirates Team New Zealand, 35

:31:04.:31:08.

seconds to go back to the line. This is Spithill's attempt to disrupt, to

:31:09.:31:15.

attack, to get in the face of the Kiwis and cause trouble. New Zealand

:31:16.:31:18.

got around the front of them, he was never able to get the overlap and he

:31:19.:31:26.

has to go for a time and distance start. That was well done by

:31:27.:31:31.

Burling, it looked marginal for a second and he did enough to keep his

:31:32.:31:35.

speed and enough to keep the overlap from happening and now it is just

:31:36.:31:40.

speed to mark one. Both boats across the line clean this time. The

:31:41.:31:47.

Americans getting up nice and quick and they have stolen a march this

:31:48.:31:51.

time on the New Zealanders. Could this be the time? Doing a better job

:31:52.:31:59.

pulling the trigger, no doubt. He had more momentum going off the line

:32:00.:32:04.

and I think they will be able to use their wing washed to push them back.

:32:05.:32:13.

It is still close. Team New Zealand living in a really precarious spot

:32:14.:32:20.

right now. Just below the wing wash. They are barely living in clear air,

:32:21.:32:23.

sure enough Oracle gets over the top. So that is a turnaround, that

:32:24.:32:28.

is a change from the complexion of things in Bermuda during the

:32:29.:32:34.

America's Cup match so far. Oracle Team USA rounding Mark one heading

:32:35.:32:43.

down lead -- wind in the lead. It will be fascinating to see if the

:32:44.:32:47.

mindset changes from this Team New Zealand. They have not been behind

:32:48.:32:51.

except for about a minute during the last race. What do we read into the

:32:52.:32:59.

early gybe? The same as the last run in the last race, Oracle being a bit

:33:00.:33:02.

unstable. They are going to have to get pace on quicker, otherwise Team

:33:03.:33:08.

New Zealand will roll over the top, they were unstable coming out of

:33:09.:33:12.

that gybe, you could hear it in his voice, that's what Jimmy Spithill is

:33:13.:33:16.

fearful of in this new setup they have pulled out after five days in

:33:17.:33:20.

the shed. But then they go, once they go they go. But can they avoid

:33:21.:33:31.

that instability? So, the lead is minimal for the Americans right now.

:33:32.:33:40.

They have retrieved the frontrunning position. Looking for a great race

:33:41.:33:45.

right now, let's show these things off as they should be shown off, put

:33:46.:33:51.

on a great race. By all accounts the start looks like New Zealand putting

:33:52.:33:52.

the pressure on. The Americans sailing off into

:33:53.:34:18.

Clearwater in front and the New Zealanders not interested in getting

:34:19.:34:25.

tight up close and personal. The early gybe. They were in a tough

:34:26.:34:28.

spot and they tacked away because they were in a bit of bad way and

:34:29.:34:35.

wing wash from Oracle Team USA, it was strategic, they followed them in

:34:36.:34:41.

and split across and whoever the tactician is, whether it is Blair

:34:42.:34:44.

Tuke or Peter Burling on board the Kiwi boat, now they have some

:34:45.:34:50.

decisions to make. Now the boats are split, who will sail under better

:34:51.:34:52.

wind pressure? This is where the pressure of the

:34:53.:35:14.

Kiwis is just unrelenting. They just keep it close. They just so rarely

:35:15.:35:18.

make mistakes that it forces you into sailing a perfect race. We have

:35:19.:35:23.

seen teams sail the perfect race against Emirates Team New Zealand,

:35:24.:35:28.

like BAR, unbelievable race against Team New Zealand to win in the

:35:29.:35:36.

semifinal round. Freddie Carr. It takes something special, that's for

:35:37.:35:41.

sure. Just mailing it on the consistency front. You expect they

:35:42.:35:47.

will feel a lot happier at the moment because this is a different

:35:48.:35:50.

complexion, a different dynamic right now, just asking one or two

:35:51.:35:56.

questions which have not been asked of yet. Looking for the Kiwis to

:35:57.:35:58.

chase them down. Let's get another view from out of

:35:59.:36:12.

the water from Freddie Carr, part of the British team in Bermuda. What is

:36:13.:36:17.

catching your eye in the early exchanges? What is catching my eye

:36:18.:36:21.

is a repeat from the first race, the Iraq look quicker from the standout

:36:22.:36:26.

comment from the on-board communications in the first race was

:36:27.:36:31.

the questions about the runners of Oracle -- rudders. By changing their

:36:32.:36:34.

road as they could have gone faster through the water but it must be so

:36:35.:36:38.

hard for Spithill every day going out sailing with effectively and you

:36:39.:36:43.

feel to the boat and we seem to or three bad gybes from team Oracle

:36:44.:36:49.

today but maybe that is him learning about the new Rudder setup. They

:36:50.:36:52.

will have to sail the perfect race to keep New Zealand behind them, so

:36:53.:36:57.

far so good for the Americans. So far so good, no doubt about it. I

:36:58.:37:04.

think the question everybody has at home is, why didn't they do this

:37:05.:37:10.

before? It's very clearly a faster setup. They have that two-week break

:37:11.:37:15.

while everyone else was scrambling about in the challenger play-offs.

:37:16.:37:20.

You would have thought, as you mentioned at the top of the

:37:21.:37:26.

programme, the toy box would be open, so to describe it. This is

:37:27.:37:31.

clearly a different boat, everyone in agreement, all of the tweaks they

:37:32.:37:34.

did come everyone in agreement they did weigh more than any of us will

:37:35.:37:38.

ever know but why didn't they do this before last weekend? I think in

:37:39.:37:44.

all honesty you have to back your design philosophy, your designers,

:37:45.:37:48.

and you get there as a group of designers but the sailing team have

:37:49.:37:51.

a huge amount of input in that and they will have been working towards

:37:52.:37:55.

last weekend for two years with strong beliefs in their foil

:37:56.:37:58.

packages and it must have been a shock to them that they were such a

:37:59.:38:02.

long step behind the Kiwis. They must have hit the panic button a

:38:03.:38:06.

little bit but like I said they have made some changes and they are

:38:07.:38:09.

faster through the water but I'm just a little concerned in the light

:38:10.:38:13.

air gybes they are looking sticky, they are normally good at their

:38:14.:38:17.

falling gybes in the light air but today they look a little sticky.

:38:18.:38:21.

Interesting point that the notion of having confidence in what you

:38:22.:38:23.

brought to the table initially, at what point do you call time on it

:38:24.:38:29.

and go, that's not working, we need something different? Having that

:38:30.:38:32.

five-day gap, if you are an Oracle Team USA fan or a team member it was

:38:33.:38:36.

a beautiful thing and now as we are talking about this stuff this boat

:38:37.:38:41.

does not ever go away. We are going to see this next cross and there

:38:42.:38:48.

will be two close boats coming in to split lanes at the top mark.

:38:49.:38:53.

The Americans with a slender advantage. The boats surrounding

:38:54.:39:05.

this gate on opposite sides, possibilities of wind shifts or wind

:39:06.:39:09.

pressure making more of a game of it on the next run. Clean manoeuvring

:39:10.:39:19.

from Jimmy Spithill's crew going on one side and Team New Zealand going

:39:20.:39:24.

in the other direction. We just saw a moment or two ago the wind shift

:39:25.:39:29.

graphics on the top left of the screen which suggested there was a

:39:30.:39:32.

slight switch to the right-hand side of the course.

:39:33.:39:45.

Both of them have splashed down once, very good indicator for Team

:39:46.:39:51.

USA because as we have talked about the whole time the higher speed

:39:52.:39:54.

setup typically makes for more instability and when you see Oracle

:39:55.:40:01.

Team USA 100% for most of the time that is a very good sign for them.

:40:02.:40:06.

The lead is building here for the Americans. You just don't get the

:40:07.:40:11.

impression that the Kiwis have had their final throw of the dice just

:40:12.:40:14.

yet. You can hear them talking about the

:40:15.:40:37.

recharge. We need to reiterate for those people who maybe new to the

:40:38.:40:43.

sailing world, everything that happens on the bud, whether it is

:40:44.:40:46.

dropping the daggerboards, the angle of the foils, trimming, it all needs

:40:47.:40:52.

power to make it happen. That's what those grinders are doing. Hydraulic

:40:53.:40:59.

pressure, hydraulic pressure, direct drive into the wing, a big wind path

:41:00.:41:06.

on the horizon right now. Looking at the angle differences between the

:41:07.:41:10.

boats, Team New Zealand down here, Oracle, big angle change going up

:41:11.:41:21.

into it, that is a wind shift. They just don't go away, the Kiwis. The

:41:22.:41:31.

split at the top gate did for them. Critical gybe now for Oracle. They

:41:32.:41:35.

need one more gybe and into the gate.

:41:36.:41:55.

Very smoothly done. They are way out towards the main line here. You

:41:56.:42:08.

wonder if they have... They will have to manoeuvre one more time.

:42:09.:42:13.

They will have to do that tough racecourse manoeuvre, that one last

:42:14.:42:16.

gybe, but they are diving down trying to get around this gate but

:42:17.:42:21.

I'm not sure if Oracle has over stood this mark. Goodness gracious.

:42:22.:42:26.

That's bold from New Zealand, really bold. Is it going to pay off at the

:42:27.:42:32.

bottom gate? Vic Turton, they turn in front and they turn well. -- they

:42:33.:42:42.

turn in. The Americans are chasing them again and we have a proper race

:42:43.:42:50.

on. Peter Burling, the America's Cup rookie. The details guy, as so many

:42:51.:42:57.

like to describe him. High school, very intuitive, and Jimmy Spithill,

:42:58.:43:04.

the youngest skipper to win the cup in 2010, huge amounts of experience.

:43:05.:43:11.

So where is your money now? I'm pretty stunned at the last turn of

:43:12.:43:19.

events, the Kiwis did such a good job staying in the dark water and

:43:20.:43:23.

the wind strength going down that run, literally sailed on by. Trying

:43:24.:43:32.

to go back and understand whether they over stood that Mark. When you

:43:33.:43:38.

talk about over standing. Sailing a longer distance. They are sailing a

:43:39.:43:42.

longer distance in this race, that is over standing, sailing too far.

:43:43.:43:46.

The average speeds are almost identical but when you sail a longer

:43:47.:43:51.

difference euro BMG gets slower so the longer distance made a big

:43:52.:43:57.

difference there. The MG, the vote De Man Booker's velocity relative to

:43:58.:44:02.

the direction of their destination. -- riverboat's velocity. -- the MG.

:44:03.:44:20.

Sniffing another victory. May be smelling a bit of blood. Although

:44:21.:44:31.

you'd be forgiven for thinking that Peter Burling is simply out for an

:44:32.:44:35.

afternoon drive in his truck. He was talking about his mode, driving past

:44:36.:44:42.

De Matt Fast, this is always a big decision for a tactician. In the

:44:43.:44:45.

Mono whole days you would have seen New Zealand tagged with Oracle every

:44:46.:44:49.

time but they are thinking about the geometry, where is the pressure?

:44:50.:44:54.

Where is the dark water? How can we possibly do fewer manoeuvres

:44:55.:44:59.

compared to the other guy? They are taking a bit of a risk by splitting

:45:00.:45:03.

off and not tacking directly with team Oracle USA as they tacked away.

:45:04.:45:11.

The heart is racing a little bit for the Kiwi skipper even though he is

:45:12.:45:15.

not showing it. That is as high a heart rate as we have seen on young

:45:16.:45:20.

Peter Burling. I would say so. He is human! There is a pulse! We can

:45:21.:45:31.

confirm. He is obviously just having a little think about what might

:45:32.:45:34.

unfold over the course of the next few minutes out here on the Great

:45:35.:45:39.

Sound. A 5-0 victory would put them in the box seat, two wins away.

:45:40.:45:45.

That's right, they are winning the geometry battle, by allowing Oracle

:45:46.:45:49.

Team USA to tack away, split away, again they took a risk and came back

:45:50.:45:54.

together and clearly made a nice little gain. There is just gets on

:45:55.:46:06.

board that boat. He is letting the others get down and dirty, they are

:46:07.:46:10.

the guys digging in physically. From a match racing standpoint, this

:46:11.:46:16.

split, Oracle needs a split, just sailing along next to Emirates Team

:46:17.:46:19.

New Zealand will do them no good, they need the other side of the

:46:20.:46:23.

racecourse, maybe a little of the dark water on the left-hand side of

:46:24.:46:27.

the racecourse that they are looking at. They need something, desperately

:46:28.:46:35.

they need 117 metres right now. A little dark water in the upper

:46:36.:46:38.

left-hand side of the racecourse, that is what they need, they need a

:46:39.:46:42.

wind shift, they need the breeze to possibly go in their favour. It does

:46:43.:46:47.

not look super windy on the right side of the racecourse where the

:46:48.:46:49.

Kiwis is right now. They wanted to go a little bit wider

:46:50.:47:12.

so they could hit the gate first time. Big game happening with team

:47:13.:47:17.

Emirates New Zealand. Look at the dial down, they are really deep.

:47:18.:47:28.

Nothing in it. They dialled way down, they dialled low, this will be

:47:29.:47:31.

interesting, whether they went too far on their dial down is the big

:47:32.:47:37.

question. It is in Richard Slater's hands right now. No penalty. The

:47:38.:47:42.

boats come back together again, Oracle on starboard, if they get

:47:43.:47:48.

into the left-hand cycle on the left mark they will have right away to

:47:49.:47:53.

get around it. Here we go again. We have a real racing. This is as tight

:47:54.:48:03.

as it gets right now as they head towards gate five. Is Oracle

:48:04.:48:07.

dialling down? That's what they are saying, can we push or not? And if

:48:08.:48:12.

he dips will he be able to make the mark in the upper corner? Will he be

:48:13.:48:18.

able to make the mark after the dip? Just the closest of passes. The

:48:19.:48:25.

Kiwis just about able to squeeze in. Just gets around the mark, barely,

:48:26.:48:32.

gain on, even race. Slight advantage to Oracle right now, they were going

:48:33.:48:36.

quicker around that Mark. -- game on. The angle on that Mark for the

:48:37.:48:43.

Kiwis means their boat has dropped away to 17 knots where the Americans

:48:44.:48:49.

sustained at around 23 or 24. The Kiwis are still slow, 24, 25 MP

:48:50.:49:03.

Americans away at 30. Last leg. 150 metres in it. It means there is

:49:04.:49:08.

every chance for the Kiwis to claw it back. They will not be happy to

:49:09.:49:16.

see the bow touching the water. They want to be up, with less drag.

:49:17.:49:31.

It was that dark water owned Dominic in the upper left-hand corner that

:49:32.:49:40.

got Oracle back in the game and the manoeuvres have been fantastic this

:49:41.:49:46.

race. We wanted a sailboat race and we've got a sailboat race.

:49:47.:50:07.

This is tough. If you ever wanted to drive one of these things that is

:50:08.:50:14.

what you're dealing with. This manoeuvre, the double gybe here and

:50:15.:50:19.

then they are desperate for hydraulic power, you heard him say,"

:50:20.:50:29.

hit it." The weight is forward today. There is no bike system. It

:50:30.:50:38.

is all about hydraulic pressure, give it to the big boys in the front

:50:39.:50:42.

of the boat pulling off those last two gybes, really well done. There

:50:43.:50:51.

are the grinders. There is just never any time for them to settle,

:50:52.:50:57.

to relax, they have to go fullbore pretty much for the entirety of the

:50:58.:51:01.

race. Is it about a payoff with the first American victory in the

:51:02.:51:05.

America's Cup match? Have they got enough in the tank to see of the

:51:06.:51:07.

Kiwis? Dead straight ahead, the finish line

:51:08.:51:23.

in the front of our screen. I tell you what, Oracle stays in front, you

:51:24.:51:29.

can give this team a big congratulations for just about a

:51:30.:51:33.

shellacking last week, to throw everything at this over the last

:51:34.:51:39.

five days and come up with a boat that is going this much faster, I

:51:40.:51:43.

myself, as well as just about everyone else in the sailing world,

:51:44.:51:50.

was starting to write them off. And, man, was I wrong. We want your

:51:51.:52:02.

opinions. We want your thoughts. We don't want you on the fence. It is

:52:03.:52:05.

looking as if the Americans have done enough here. A performance of

:52:06.:52:12.

real character and resolve and resilience. They are going to hold

:52:13.:52:15.

off the Kiwi challenge. The New Zealanders have been gaining but it

:52:16.:52:23.

won't be enough and it will be America's race and the USA are back

:52:24.:52:27.

in business, back in the hunt, and in the nick of time, a vital win,

:52:28.:52:33.

which really breathes life into their ailing campaign. There is

:52:34.:52:43.

hope, there is hope in the USA camp. The margin of victory is a small one

:52:44.:52:52.

but it matters not. There we go. Will team effort command leadership

:52:53.:52:57.

is always a massive part of that. You cannot give enough credit to the

:52:58.:53:03.

entire Oracle Team USA squad. Top to bottom. For doing what they have

:53:04.:53:08.

clearly done over the last five days. Like I said before, I think

:53:09.:53:13.

all of us thought, how do you pull that off? There was quite a

:53:14.:53:17.

disparity last weekend. I am really impressed.

:53:18.:53:20.

It has been terrific to see the Americans coming back into the

:53:21.:53:25.

picture here today, another fascinating day on the water. The

:53:26.:53:32.

results: one win each, for the Kiwis and for the Americans, the New

:53:33.:53:37.

Zealanders now standing with a 4-1 lead. New Zealand started on -1

:53:38.:53:42.

point you to the American success in the qualifiers. The first 27 race

:53:43.:53:43.

wins. What an incredible race from the

:53:44.:53:49.

Americans, and certainly those five days of work by the designers and

:53:50.:53:55.

the sailors have paid off. One man watching it all very closely is Sir

:53:56.:53:58.

Ben Ainslie and we have caught up with him. What have you made from

:53:59.:54:02.

today and how impressed were you with Oracle? Like you said, Oracle

:54:03.:54:06.

have gone back to the drawing board and made significant changes to the

:54:07.:54:10.

setup of the boat and we have seen in these lighter conditions they can

:54:11.:54:13.

match Team New Zealand in the upward legs and that's the first time

:54:14.:54:16.

throughout this competition we have seen any team be able to match them.

:54:17.:54:21.

It is credit to Oracle, their designers, sailors, the shore crew

:54:22.:54:27.

working through the night to get the boat back out on the water. It

:54:28.:54:30.

certainly made for some exciting racing out there, fascinating to

:54:31.:54:34.

watch. You won the cup sitting next to Jimmy Spithill four years ago.

:54:35.:54:40.

Talk to me about him and how he will feel here.

:54:41.:54:42.

Oracle have been in this game for a long time and Jimmy in particular,

:54:43.:54:46.

and they are very experienced and have been in this situation before.

:54:47.:54:50.

I think they will take a lot of positives from today, getting that

:54:51.:54:55.

performance going, getting the speed going. They had a few wobbly moments

:54:56.:54:58.

with the boat handling, which is the nature of the changes they have made

:54:59.:55:02.

to the boat, so there is always a trade-off there, nothing comes for

:55:03.:55:05.

free in this game. If they can execute and get the stats and get

:55:06.:55:09.

the downwind gybes working we have seen they can win races now and take

:55:10.:55:14.

it to the Kiwis. It is going to be a fascinating day tomorrow in similar

:55:15.:55:18.

conditions. Then, you've talked often of this game at being one of

:55:19.:55:23.

evolution. How much more can we see? And from your own perspective and

:55:24.:55:26.

your British campaign what can you learn from here? There is always a

:55:27.:55:30.

lot of learning in this competition. This is a classic America's Cup

:55:31.:55:33.

duel, the teams are still developing through and we have seen Oracle make

:55:34.:55:40.

the biggest jumps in the last five days. As a team you need to set

:55:41.:55:44.

yourself up to be able to adapt to the situation and that is what both

:55:45.:55:46.

teams have done well through this particular cup event. And for us

:55:47.:55:49.

would continue on with Land Rover BAR and we will be in a much

:55:50.:55:54.

stronger place having an existing team running forwards competitively

:55:55.:55:57.

in the start-up team we were this time around. It has been exciting to

:55:58.:56:01.

adapt to the situation and get the priorities straight. Have we seen

:56:02.:56:05.

the start of the Oracle fightback? Oracle are not resting on their

:56:06.:56:08.

laurels and they are back out for another training session. I caught

:56:09.:56:11.

up with Jimmy Spittal and Peter Burling before they did. We were

:56:12.:56:18.

right beside the base before you came back. How much was it a relief

:56:19.:56:21.

for you and everyone involved in Oracle? Clearly for everyone in

:56:22.:56:27.

Bermuda, everyone is cheering for us, it's great to see the support

:56:28.:56:31.

and the lift for the guys and it was an important race to win. Give us a

:56:32.:56:36.

feel of how much effort has gone into the last five days. It's been

:56:37.:56:39.

around the clock, it really has been 24 hours, the sailors have been

:56:40.:56:43.

pushed, long days out on the water, the shore engineering team have been

:56:44.:56:49.

there on 24-hour shifts, doing 12 hour cycles. When we saw the other

:56:50.:56:52.

guys not sailing and taking days off, we were like, here we go, this

:56:53.:56:57.

is an opportunity. Pete mentioned they were staying ashore so the

:56:58.:57:00.

shore team could work on the boat but our guys were working on the

:57:01.:57:04.

boat when we got in through midnight. When the sailors see that

:57:05.:57:07.

it is motivating for the guys when they jump on board. Some great

:57:08.:57:12.

racing. It felt like it was a really good battle. We were not the happy

:57:13.:57:17.

with how we sailed today, we made a lot of mistakes but at the same time

:57:18.:57:21.

these guys made a lot of mistakes as well. We're not surprised at all

:57:22.:57:25.

that we have a good battle on our hands and that is what we have

:57:26.:57:28.

prepared for. We are under no illusions that we have a fair bit of

:57:29.:57:32.

hard work over the next few days to keep improving and we are on a steep

:57:33.:57:39.

part of learning curve and we have a lot to work on. We let the last race

:57:40.:57:43.

slip and we had a good opportunity to win. We have plenty to work on

:57:44.:57:47.

from today, we didn't sail overly well but we will be back tomorrow.

:57:48.:57:53.

From our race points of view and judgment, but when you make a

:57:54.:57:57.

mistake, what are you going to do? The comeback for the boys to come

:57:58.:58:01.

back and nail the second start and get the whole package working

:58:02.:58:04.

properly, lost the lead and came back again, it shows the boat is

:58:05.:58:08.

going well and is a good sign of strength for the guys.

:58:09.:58:12.

Clearly a massive relief for Jimmy Spithill and his team. The hard work

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certainly looks like it has put them back in the game and for Peter

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Burling, you just wonder if that defeat may have rattled the Kiwi

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camp. More drama to come in Bermuda. Join us on BBC Two at 1pm tomorrow.

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Great to see a bitter fight of these boys. It's only just beginning,

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mate.

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The best of the action and reaction from the 35th America's Cup, with the oldest trophy in international sport finally decided after two years of racing. Britain's four-time Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie masterminded victory for Oracle Team USA in 2013 and leads one of the five teams attempting to defeat the defending champions this time around. The American boat faces the top challenger from the qualifying phase in a best-of-13-races final on Bermuda's Great Sound ocean inlet.


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