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


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


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


ago. They call it the greatest race on


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


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


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


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


on. The Americans are away but they have


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


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


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


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


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


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


Acceleration contest now. Who can accelerate the quickest? The


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


start if you are an American fan, no doubt.


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


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


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


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


electronically in the back room to make measurements within centimetres


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Seminal moment and the Americans will be absolutely thrilled to see


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


another two boats. The outfit in the bottom left of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


pressure. There are opportunities for the tacticians and four Tom


Slingsby to close this gate right down.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Olympic cyclist from 2012, heads down.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


one man ever in charge of decision-making and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


an extension. As I mentioned earlier. They are effectively


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Team France just behind. But defending champions mounted an


impressive last-minute comeback taking two wins before the final


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the pressure on. The Americans sailing off into


Clearwater in front and the New Zealanders not interested in getting


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


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


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


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


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


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


wind pressure? This is where the pressure of the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


last weekend for two years with strong beliefs in their foil


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


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


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


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


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


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


Interesting point that the notion of having confidence in what you


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Americans with a slender advantage. The boats surrounding


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


setup typically makes for more instability and when you see Oracle


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


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


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


yet. You can hear them talking about the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


need one more gybe and into the gate.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Kiwis? Dead straight ahead, the finish line


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


can give this team a big congratulations for just about a


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


which really breathes life into their ailing campaign. There is


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


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


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


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


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


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


disparity last weekend. I am really impressed.


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


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


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


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


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


wins. What an incredible race from the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


certainly made for some exciting racing out there, fascinating to


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


stronger place having an existing team running forwards competitively


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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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