Race 7 and 8 Highlights Sailing: America's Cup

Race 7 and 8 Highlights

Shirley Robertson presents the best of the action from the 35th America's Cup.

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Bermuda's great sown has lived up to its billing. Great racing for the


fastest boats in America's Cup history, but now just two teams can


win the 35th edition of sport's oldest international trophy. Go! Go!


We saw those guys take days off during the week. We made a


commitment inside the team that we would use every single one of them.


We wanted to make the boat faster. It is funny it hear people say we


took days off last week. It was a great opportunity for our crew to


get on top of a job list. The important point is the boat is


faster. That's a good position to be in. We know there is more on the


table, but it's working. The boat is getting bigger. Once the guys can


see it is getting faster, then you can start building momentum. If it


goes to Monday it doesn't really matter for us. Young, old, where


ever. It is great to see a bit of fight. It is only just beginning,


mate. It looks like we may have a fight on our hands. The Kiwis looked


imperious, but the Americans found a chink in their armour on Race Day 3


of the America's Cup match. So race number five is underway. This is the


Super Bowl. This is it. Jimmy Spithill's Americans are across the


line too early. The New Zealanders will look to make hay in the


meantime. Screaming across the water. 13 plus knots. Dial down. And


it is Team New Zealand has to dip behind. The Kiwis go about their


business in their usual crisp, slick fashion. And the Americans have


picked up the penalty. . The New Zealanders are beginning to stretch


out in front. So the Kiwis bossing it at the moment. The USA now have a


huge amount of work to do. It is so straightforward seemingly when


you're Peter Burling. Another hammer blow delivered by the Kiwis. Race


number six then of the America's Cup match. The defenders in some trouble


now. 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. They will feel a lot happier at the moment. The Americans


with a slender advantage. Goodness gracious! New Zealand turn and they


turn in front and now the Americans are the ones chasing again. We have


a proper race on. Look at that dial down. They're really deep. Well,


this is as tight as it gets right now. We wanted a sail boat race. We


got a sail boat race. The Americans are speeding away. There is hope in


the USA camp. It will be America's race and the USA are back in


business! Here we go. Here we go. Five race


wins only translates to four points for New Zealand as the Americans


took a bonus point into the match thanks to winning the first round of


qualifiers. So, the scoreboard shows a three race lead for Peter Burling


and crew. We didn't feel that happy with how we sailed. We tidied up a


lot of those things and the boat was feeling great. We have approached


this the same as we have approached every time. We are under no


illusions and we have got a battle on our hands and we will give it


everything we've got. The forecast looks bang on and we have got a


great set-up for the day and it will be hard on the handles for the boys,


but I think they're up for it. Four years ago Oracle trailed before the


great sporting comeback saw them retain the Cup. The situation is


nothing new to Jimmy Spithill and his team. Today, the conditions are


alike and Oracle must deliver. Let's join the commentary team.


Another beautiful day on the Great Sound. Here is our first look at the


course. Well, welcome to the Great Sound in Bermuda, the perfect


racetrack for the 35th America's Cup. It includes a two minute start


sequence followed by the critical reach to mark one. There is a 10


knots south-westerly breeze followed to the sprint finish off America's


Cup village. It is such an important battleground. It can really set the


agenda for the rest of the race. A flurry of activity on board the Kiwi


boats. So race number seven of the


America's Cup match is underway. What's your reading of the prestart


so far? Well on top. Now it's time and distance. This is when that


critical moment of will there be feisty jockeying going on? Oracle


very quickly going after what's called the quarter. Very quickly


peel off out of it. This is a hug game between the two skippers. There


can't be any help. Skippers intuition and then going after that


hooking position. They can't get there. Peter Burling fending it off


very well so far. Oracle is an interesting spot. Oracle shoot in


and get over the top. Here we go. Time and distance. Ten seconds to


the stop. Looking like the timings are pretty


good from both the crews at the moment. The Americans are having to


take a another little twist and the Kiwis are away. That was probably


not necessary or on the cards for Oracle Team USA from a dominant


position, all of a sudden that last little, remember Jimmy Spithill told


us the other day he was having trouble with his software on the


prestart software. That could have been another situation where the


software may have affected him a little bit. No penalties this time.


He will be happy about that, Jimmy Spithill. Two penalties in the six


previous races at the start line, but it is the New Zealanders who are


away fastest. 33 knots. Flying up and first to the first mark. And he


sees that again, Jimmy, he will kick himself. Look at the detail of


mistakes, of tiny mistakes. Being a second late for the start. All of a


sudden it's the difference between winning and losing at that first


mark and remember my favourite statistic... Is that the one that


the drone can hold a small Labrador underneath it? No. The first to the


first mark. That's what we are talking about. 100% the Kiwis have


gone on to win a race where they have been the first off the mark. A


lot of talk about the weight that's been taken off the American boat. It


is much, much lighter than it was. Those last five days that they had


to tweak and adapt, they have changed things a good deal. It is a


lot lighter, but it is also much tougher to sail and rather less


stable than it was and we heard him talking, didn't we, Jimmy Spithill,


about the fact that it requires more power and that means more work for


the grinders. Christian, 100 kilos possibly coming off this boat. Give


people an idea of first of all of maybe how hard that it is to get it


off the boat and when are they going to see that difference It's going to


show up in ten knots and less than that. Every kilo is important. If


you move 100 kilos I think around the two lap racecourse you're


probably looking at 500 or 600 meter gain in pure boat speed in under 10


knots. Why wouldn't they have done that early on? Why wouldn't they


have done this before this event? It is one of those things that you


prioritise differently and as you go on, you learn and you figure out,


OK, this is the best area where we can gain performance so you have got


to make some sacrifice. I suppose part of it is the need to


trust in the systems that you arrive with to a certain degree, but there


does become that tipping point where you need to go right, "Changes have


to be made because it's not working the way we'd like." Credit where


credit is due to the Oracle Team as we said in the pregame for being


open enough to kind of throw some probably some key convictions to


their programme out the window in that five day period and build on a


whole new set of what you think your speed values are. It is not easy to


do and it's impressive and look, it is so clearly paying off from the


first weekend we saw these two guys race against each other. The Kiwis


had a massive advantage in the early races, but now we see the pair of


boats tapping simultaneously. Just explain how easy or difficult it is


now for Burling to dictate the pace of this race to dictates what


happens to Jimmy Spithill and the American boat? How much can he


really influence what's happening on that boat? There is no doubt that


there is plenty of talk about the Kiwis actually having a split at the


end of the second race yesterday which you can make a reasonable case


it cost them the race. Every match racer in the world sat in front of


their TV and said, "Why aren't they attacking?" All of a sudden the


scoop kiwis are keeping a closer eye on Oracle. They will herd them


around. They will literally herd them and keep them in the same


water. So Peter Burling taking the Kiwis


out before preparing to attack. There is not a huge amount of


difference between the pair of them. This is a new stat, the couple


lation of pressure. This is about the power that's being generated by


the grinders and there are two different systems, of course, the


regular grinders to the left of your screen on board Oracle Team USA and


the Kiwis. We will elaborate on that in a moment or two. This is a core


statistic that many people are hoping we can show because it is an


extreme difference between the grinding and the pedalling. Why are


they doing it full-time? Why is this hydraulic power necessary? Peter


Burling allowed for the split to happen there. He actually didn't, as


we were talking about, herding Oracle, he didn't herd Oracle, he


went for the wind shift and went for 50 meters ahead to 280. So it is one


thing to dictate how a sailing style of a Peter Burling as a coach for


example, dictate a sailing style is another thing, don't herd your


jockey. You don't reign them in, but this kid has got to where he has


gotten. So he made a mistake yesterday. So he made maybe one


mistake yesterday. Allow it to happen and just go and let him do


his things again. So back to the numbers. 350 is max. That's 100% of


power stored if you like, isn't it? Correct. So on the left, on both


boats the port and starboard, that's literally the acall lator pressure


for the up and down of the foils. That's only used to lift and lower


the dagger boards. We believe Oracle actually never accumulates more


pressure. It actually decease the pressure. On the other side, that's


how they move all the functions around. That's what the cyclists,


that's what the grinders, they're constantly feeding pressure into


moving the things around. That means in and out, the wind twist, the wind


Camber, everything. It is slightly complicated, but they are all


achieving the game goal at the end and that's hydraulic pressure. The


Kiwis get low. They are at 185. There is the cyclists. Just kind of


building it back up again. No problem. They go fast. They build


that pressure super fast. I think that's the key thing, isn't it? Just


watch that move into the green, and those numbers to the bottom right of


your screen move up, it is moving disproportionately quickly to the


American boat. Yeah. That, of course is allowing them a


little bit more tactical freedom. They can choose when they manoeuvre,


how they can manoeuvre, how aggressive they can be. So into the


gate, the Kiwis seemingly in control of operations at the moment. We have


seen many, many times out here on the Great Sound one error can cost


you 150, 200 meters in some cases. The Kiwis just stretched out. As


we're talking about hydraulic pressures we failed really to talk


about how much they just legged it out on that one. That was


impressive. Both teams have been out practising in between the events and


in between the racing. Still searching desperately for that last


little bit. And big angle differences. It's still puffy out


here on the water. So the USA sailing a fair distance longer than


the Kiwis. Average boat speed, when you look at the average boat speed,


it's very similar. There is only one thing that can be making the


difference and that's the distance. That could be a wind shift. Very


often that's a wind shift. They missed a wind shift and the other


guys didn't. Peter Burling did that little split and we were saying,


"Why isn't the kid covereded?" There is a reason he's out there!


On board the American boat. It's all business at the moment.


Jimmy Spithill assessing the situation. Just looking round. He's


looking for those wind shifts. He's looking for that extra pressure in


different parts of the course that might help them along. They found a


good one yesterday in Race 6. The downwind leg really started to


squeeze the Kiwis. They need something similar here.


Yeah, this is almost desperation time when you get out to the 400,


500 meters to the boat behind. Just a degree of instability in that one.


We see a small wind shift to the left-hand side of the course. Yes,


left-hand shift. That will be OK coming in on that side of the


racecourse right now, but it's also about pressure. Shift is good,


pressure is king and they don't look very, they're only going 21, 22


knots. They don't look like they are as powered up as the Kiwis are.


Speed doesn't come for free. They may have gained more boat speed, but


they're having to work very, very hard to build the pressure to allow


them to sail. They want the race they want to sail. So really from


here, and there is a long way to go, but it is New Zealand's to lose.


Peter Burling is this complete control. There we are on his


shoulder. The Americans are going to split the


course. They're going to try, but the Kiwis are on to it. They play


tack off early from the boundary and try to get themselves in the same


part of the racecourse as Oracle is in.


We will go back to the key moment in this race. Listen, this is one that


Jimmy wants back. Both boats essentially going for the line. Team


New Zealand just go for it. That last little zig, that last little


loop right there, that's what cost it. That was the difference between


winning and losing that start. For sure something that Jimmy Spithill


would like back at this stage. It is amazing the dynamic as well, isn't


it? Before this match got underway everybody figured Jimmy Spithill was


going to eat Peter Burling for breakfast at the start line and it


just has not happened that way at all. The table have been turned


emphatically. So the boys working hard. The max heart rate, the


numbers bottom right-hand side of each of those boxes, the maximum


heart rate should be about 220 take away your age. In your case, it


would be somewhere around 180. 42! He's a really nice guy!


Everybody is made differently. That's the important thing. Cling on


to that. Simon is clearly working hard than everybody else. The first


time he sailed a sail boat was the first day that the Kiwis were in the


trials for the America's Cup. A slightly different path than the


rest of us in getting to the pinnacle of the sport. At the bottom


left of your scene giving you an idea of where we are on the course


itself. They have done a good job here, the Americans, of cutting the


deficit. Once up around the 250 mark and back to 180 or so. But this race


is still in Peter Burling's hands. Burling is attacking and presumably


from that position on the course look to go lay the gate to get in.


Quite possibly. You see on the top of the screen there, you see the


marks on the top of the screen, way up top and I'm not sure if they're


not going to have to do one more. By staying in the same water as your


competitor, they may have gone early. They will herd the cats and


keep them in control and make sure something crazy like the end of the


second race yesterday, like that doesn't happen again. Oracle has


chewed up a little bit of this lead. There is no doubt about it. So one


more manoeuvre from the Kiwis will see them through the gate. They will


be down one more leg before the blast for the finish. Oracle decided


to throw in an extra manoeuvre in order to gain a split of the top


mark. They will attack at least one more time. One more time than the


Kiwis, but they will have a split at the top mark. Again, once you round


this mark, the acceleration, a 200 meter lead turns into 400 meter, at


least a 350 by the time they get in of the Christian, breeze wise, is


there anything going on? Puffs? Shifts? Anything radical that's


going to get Oracle back in the game because they need something? They


need something. I don't see anything radical. Team New Zealand listened


to you yesterday and protected that side of the course and I think they


have done so wisely. Oracle made some nice gains. It looked like Team


New Zealand missed their rudder swap and that cost them quite a bit. It


will be interesting to see what happens here, but really right now,


it is Team New Zealand's to lose. Looking like the Americans at that


point require an error and a fairly sizeable one from the New


Zealanders. Jimmy Spithill will be looking to bring all his experience


to bear. The 37-year-old Aussie. A little bit of - OK, so as the person


who, if you look at it, it is slower average speed for Emirates Team New


Zealand. That's actually remarkably close with no real rhyme or reason.


So numbers do lie sometimes. There is no real rhyme or reason why there


is 400 meter lead going on right now. Down to 200. Coming on. I doubt


Jimmy Spithill will be happy about the speed factor. There doesn't seem


to be a problem on that front any longer, but it is the cost of that


place. No more mistakes the they can't make those mistakes like that


prestart mistake. Pulling the trigger at the gun. They're coming


on. Team New Zealand down to 19 knots. They look stable, but they


were quite slow for some reason. Look at this lead getting chewed up


right now. One more gybing in and this is that one mistake zone that


we talked about right now. One bad gybe by he will rats Team New


Zealand and this ball game is brand-new again. So it isn't over


just yet. The Kiwis have to main their composure and this is when we


see the competitors in the white heat of battle. Can they hold their


nerve? Can Peter Burling hold on to this lead. He knows that Spithill


will only need a tine crisis chink of light. The wing trimmer is


driving the boat coming out of these gybes in order to allowing Peter


Burling to keep the thing up on the foils wall while Peter Burling is


sprinting across the boat. Buoy, a real close up on his leg, but


unfortunately with a quick little reach to the finish, we haven't seen


a lot of passes on this reach through the entire event. It could


be too little, too late for Oracle Team USA.


It's looking like it will be a step too far for Jimmy Spithill. He will


be encouraged by the way he closed the gap particularly when you take


it back to the start line and how costly that was. The Kiwis are


zipping along pretty nicely. A little glance over his shoulder from


Driving Miss Daisy! Don't forget they have been tidying


up their boat as well. He likes a good tidy, Peter Burling. And they


have been tweaking and adjusting here and there in amongst the


Americans. And as a result, of a pretty clean race, New Zealand


reassert their authority here in Bermuda. A tight margin, but they


have moved into a 5-1 lead in the America's Cup match and they are two


wins from the trophy. Ten seconds is the margin. 11...


That is tight, by anybody's reckoning but it is still an


American defeat. This is the standings with the lead extended by


the Kiwis to 5-1. Shirley: What an impressive performance. The


America's Cup almost within their grasp. In any America's Cup


technology plays a part. Taking us through the technological nuances of


both boats is one of the America's Cup's leading helmsman. If you


looked at the two boats, New Zealand appear to have a faster package. The


Oracle foil is a standard board that all the teams are using. The New


Zealand board is different, it has a kink, which means they can take


their light wind boards further up. You can change the tips, so New


Zealand have a quiver of horizontals and the racing around the ten knots


range is around the boards they have an New Zealand seem to have a


smoother transition on their boards. The biggest difference between the


wings is Oracle have the traditional approach, Kyle has to trim it with


one hand and has buttons to do the full twist adjustment but New


Zealand have everything hydraulic, so the wind sheet comes on and off


with the push-button. He has the ability to play sheet, twisted


camber at the touch of his fingers and with the hydraulic power


produced by the bikes, it is like he has energy on tap. The differences


the bikes versus hand pedestals. I think the control system and design


of the foil shapes and ultimately how the crew is failing the boat


will be the big thing. It is obvious your leg muscles are bigger than


your arm muscles and when you want the hits of power in manoeuvres, we


can throw it around. At never really run out of rhythm. The third biggest


difference between the two is how the boats flying. Oracle have the


same approach as other teams in that the helmsman flies the boat while


driving at the Kiwis, they have almost like an autopilot. Blair


Tuke, the fourth bicycle rider, is focused on this display we want to


know what is on it. It looks like he is trying to keep one line on


another line and if you can match the two together, the boat has this


magic carpet auto control and so it has freed Peter up to be a tactician


and driver, something that the rest of the helmsmen and Jimmy would not


be able to do. Talk to anyone on the team and they will say there are a


couple of things that are innovative but there are probably another 50


people cannot see. We have an incredible tool and we are excited


about being able to get out there and throw it around. Bermuda is


Britain's oldest remaining overseas territory and there was a royal


visitor to the sold-out race village. Her Royal Highness Princess


Anne was a guest of the organisers. After watching racing, with the


legendary cup skipper and chairman of the organising authority, she was


welcomed as a guest of the Ben Ainslie racing base at the dockyard.


Let's get back to the action. Ken and Alastair Eykyn in the commentary


box. Commentary: It is hard to pick up


the ships from the television. The New Zealanders, leading 5-1. Led


by Peter Burling. More aggressive by both teams. They could not


accelerate and then suddenly team New Zealand has Oracle in a bad


spot. Oracle has to stay out of the way, Rob -- Oracle is in a deep


hole. No penalties. They deemed that Oracle stayed out of the way. At


this stage, this is almost a must win race for Oracle. Tearing away,


the Kiwis. Boxed in Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA in the


pre-start. Clearwater in front and behind. Peter Burling's team are


flying. Never mind the start time. That does not matter. It is just


about your opponent. Where can you pin him down and where can you leave


him for dead? Oracle tried to get aggressive. Tacking around. And then


could not accelerate. Team New Zealand in a radical turn,


accelerating quicker. Again, cannot afford it at this


stage. We want to make this an event, that is not the way to do it.


A masterstroke from Peter Burling. 38 nots as they round Mark 1 and


head downwind for the first time in its race with the Americans a long


way back and in big trouble. 7-1 in starts, for Peter Burling and


Emirates Team New Zealand in the America's Cup match. Not a statistic


anybody predicted. Who would have thought that? I talk to smart


people. Everybody thought it was a potential major weakness of Peter


Burling. I would not say you guys had your way with Artemis in the


semifinals but it was a strength of your programme. I was saying to some


of the boys, we've lost one the races and we did a good job and


right now Peter Burling is doing the same to Jimmy Spithill, which is a


surprise to many of us. Not least the American helmsman


himself. He will no doubt take personal responsibility. He will be


quietly simmering inside. Time to make something happen. 175 metres


behind right now. Certainly within passing, the pass zone we have


talked about. Keep in mind it is not 5-1, it is really 6-1 in wins and


losses. Six races to one, something has got to give, to turn around. You


cannot bury your head in the sand as a say, this is going to change.


Nothing is changing. The Americans are splitting the course at the


bottom gate. There will be people who will have caught sight of the


contest in San Francisco for years ago and wondering if there are


familiar situations ongoing, whether this is a different scenario. The


most fundamental scenario is that the Americans have had their time to


go adapting and changing. This might be a decent wind shift for the


Americans. Let's not count them out. A clean race from the Kiwis. It


would put them within touching distance of the trophy. 160 metres


between the two. The Americans gaining. They need a wind shift to


help them. This is a replay of the pre-start. Oracle starts leaning


back and decide to go slow, to see if they can track them. They are


trying to trap them up above to this side of Oracle. Burling spins


around. The next thing you know, Jimmy Spithill is going to be going


head to win and complete control by Burling. I was surprised, but


nothing should surprise us, how quick return was and how radically


affected the acceleration of team New Zealand, who turned it around on


top of Oracle. The teacher and a bustard. It was a masterstroke from


Burling, but this gap is not a big one. It is all on, right now. Almost


in unison, the two boats tacking. A little quick, Oracle, revving it up


a bit going into the tack and came out more effective. A bit of the


medicine of the Kiwis turned against them.


SAILOR: Just got to get through this. It is really slippery.


Stand-by. It is going to be ugly. We have got to go. Fascinating


listening to the tactical discussion between Tom Slingsby... It is going


to be ugly, but we have got to go, meaning we have got to do something


here. Not a surprise because they have made gains. Thought it was


going to be light on this side of the racecourse. Team New Zealand go


with them right away. Using their code two jibs. The lead turning into


250 in a heartbeat. The Kiwis yet again a long way out in front.


Dictating the terms of the race. The Americans having to adapt their


policies to change things up, to see what they can do to disrupt this


Kiwi passage. The Americans very tight to the boundary. They may have


gone into the boundary, they have. They have picked up a penalty as a


result. Surely that is an unforced error. They have to burn off two


boat lengths. They were 50 metres behind not too long ago and this


will be in the hundreds. Could it be a software problem? About where the


boundary was? Hell does it happen? They have a lot on their minds but


that is a basic error at that stage. -- how does it happen? Trying to


keep the boat going 30 knots while steering and adjusting the boards.


You are right, they have a lot on their mind, clearly too much.


Another one they would love to have back.


Jimmy Spithill complained yesterday, thinking the Kiwis have been handed


soft decisions by the umpire system but this one he has done all on his


own. Was not even close. Three quarters of a boat lengths outside


the boundary. They will need wind strength. 250 metres, which means


when they turn the bottom mark, it will be 150 or so. Average speed is


good. Even the Kiwis have done one more manoeuvre. The only statistic


that matters is the one on your screen up there that says 300


metres. The mistakes. You start 100 metres behind and go outside the


boundary and get a penalty, not good.


The mechanics. Back and forth. Fascinating to those of us whose


sail for a living. It is a different world how the guys were trimming the


foil. Getting little of the accolade, sitting in the middle of


the boat. He has a box underneath, he has no winches, no ropes. The


choreography is impressive. When the manoeuvres are made, everybody knows


what is happening, where they are going. You can see the box in his


hand. It is a different world. You asked earlier, what is different


from San Francisco to now? I think anybody looking at this cycle will


say the most innovative boat is winning right now. In San Francisco,


the most innovative boat early in the event was not winning. Leapfrog


is the boat that might have been more off the pace. This is not the


case this time. What about the magnitude of what the Kiwis end up


doing here? I do not want to speak out of turn but I heard it described


as David and Goliath in terms of funding, as we see the Americans


performing arguably their worst manoeuvre of the race so far. Down


to tends only. Loss of speed catastrophic -- down to ten knots.


What is your reading? They do not look comfortable. You talk about


over pressing in sport, it feels over pressed. Desperation time. In


this race, maybe not yet for the event.


That gives you a bird's eye view of the crisp activities of Emirates


Team New Zealand. The tack. It is effortlessly performed. Everybody is


in sync. Again, with the hulls out of the


water, zero verbal communication between the Kiwis.


I think what we just heard might tell you the story of the cup. "We


Are really happy just going fast now." Just go a little faster!


We were talking about slaying the dragon. This is incredible. One


thing that is interesting, there is no doubt as the Oracle boat made


their foils more slippery, possibly thinner, they are doing a similar


technique to team New Zealand, bearing off, gaining speed into the


tack and whipping it through the tack. There is no doubt people have


gone to school on how the Kiwis have been tacking their boat through this


event. On the right-hander of the screen, the green creeping up as


they to work. We spoke about their ability to replenish their fuelling


supply. 350 is the max number, where the system tops out. It has a valve


that will bleed it off at 350, but both teams have plenty of juice


left, because of these guys. The final downwind leg for the New


Zealanders, who know they are very, very close now. Jimmy Spithill has


to pull several cats out of the bag. That second tack, the second split,


again. This is desperation time, Christian. You talked about how


shifty it was, Christian, but I am not sure it is that shifty to make


up a 600, 700 metres lead. I agree. You guys mentioned it, Oracle are


making too many mistakes with a bad decision at the bottom mark to go


for the late gybe which cost them another 200 metres. And the


boundary. The guys are sailing well. Unlovely top mark rounding. Good


tacks, good gybes, but making too many errors. They have got to step


it up. It is hard to argue with that assessment. For this lot, history is


beckoning. No doubt, the kind of characters they are, they will not


allow themselves to think too far ahead, but the rest of us can. To


look above the heads, on both shrouds, there is a little peace.


They are vibration dampening devices. The shrouds are


cylindrical. At these speeds they develop a horrible humming noise. It


is a vibration. They are asymmetric in shape. Little foils. If you put


your hand on it you can stop the vibration sometimes. Instead of


putting your hand up and holding on, there are widgets to keep it from


vibrating and may be breaking something, they vibrate so


violently. They are cruising away at the moment, the New Zealanders. They


have sails of outstanding race from the word go, right from the


pre-start. When Peter Burling outfoxed Jimmy Spithill. Trapped him


into a corner. Headed off into the blue. And he is seemingly not to be


caught, not to be stopped. Down the runway he goes. This fearless team,


this team that arrived with little baggage. Glenn Ashby the only


survivor on-board Emirates Team New Zealand who was present in San


Francisco four years ago, and they are out to right the wrongs and they


are doing everything in their power to make it happen. Making it look


simple. That is the most impressive thing. 100% flight time. Up on the


foils for the entire race and the Kiwis hurtling across the finishing


line and into match point in the America's Cup. Their dream close to


reality and the Trophy tantalisingly within their grasp. But the chickens


will not be counted just yet. Talk about almost the perfect race. The


100% flight time amidst the pressure, phenomenal. -- fly time.


They have been here before. Cast your mind back to 2013 and the


dramatic events of possibly the greatest comeback sport has seen and


that is what Jimmy Spithill will be clinging on to now, and is just


about the only thing he can cling on to now. Celebrations for the New


Zealanders. Job not quite done, but they are very close. The standings


with the Kiwis, 6-1 ahead, which means they are at match point, one


race win from claiming the oldest trophy.


You cannot help but be impressed. Their grasp on the oldest trophy in


world sport now tantalisingly close. For the Americans, they may be


beginning to run out of answers. Jimmy, given the scoreline, who is


under more pressure, you all the Kiwis? Probably them to be honest.


We have nothing to lose. We have to go out guns blazing and really focus


on getting a win on the board. Reflections on the day. Too many


mistakes from us. I thought we did a lot of things good but at the end of


the day, if you make mistakes you get punished and that is what


happened today. If you look at the errors, between the two teams,


clearly we made too many which is why they won two races.


Congratulations. It looked like you could not put a foot wrong. We still


made a lot of mistakes. I think we did a great job from recovering and


not giving these guys of opportunity to pass like we did yesterday. We


felt we had a good opportunity to win the last race yesterday and we


tidied up the issues of yesterday. We are excited with the way we


improved and stepped forward. Who is under more pressure, you or Jimmy?


We have made it no secret that to win this you have to win eight races


and you have to win that last race. We are excited about the opportunity


to do that. We have some great fans here. Kiwi flags in the crowd and


back home and on the road. We appreciate the support we get from


back home. You took a while to come back to the harbour and some of the


senior management got on board. What was the basis of that conversation?


Are you starting to looking at holding the cup? Like I said before


we have things we want to work on and there are things on the boat not


working as well as we wanted today which made life harder in some


situations. We got guys on board to rectify that test things. We felt we


have a better understanding of what is happening. What about you


personally? Tomorrow you could make history. Has that sank in? Nothing


changes for us, we have to win eight races, which is what we came here to


do and what we have been trying to do the last three years. We enjoy


situations where you get put under pressure. How much does the result


four years ago affect the way you have gone about this campaign,


particularly at the sharp end now? Last time, when team New Zealand was


in this situation I was in Marseille racing a 49er. The debrief we had


after that, it has set is up to be in this position now and I would not


be here today without that heartache in San Francisco. You have been an


America's Cup helm all your career, is this as tough as it gets? In a


team environment you would rather be performing well than not but having


said that, we have been here before and had to go through tough


situations and pull off comebacks. This was not McLaren coming into


this, we would rather do it the other way, but we are here -- this


was not our plan coming into this. We will not be waiving any white


flags. Punchy talk from Jimmy Spithill. I am joined by Olympic


sailor Stevie Morrison. He talked it up but a lot of errors today. He


cannot get away from that. They have sacrificed some of the


manoeuvrability and control in the boat to be quick but the starting is


where we expected him to be strong and he made mistakes today. Team New


Zealand, it seems every day, better and better, with no weaknesses. It


does not appear so. Yesterday they were perhaps trying to expand, sail


the shifts on their own and ignore Oracle. But perhaps part of the


debrief last night, part of the team we have not seen, I think the whole


team is superb and getting better as the event goes on. You know Peter


Burling well and have raced against him. He is only 26. I wonder if the


baggage you'd of what could happen is beginning to sink in? I do not


see it, he is used to winning, winning the World Championships in a


49er and an Olympic gold medal. World title. Everything he does he


wins and at the moment he is carrying on on that part. Is it game


over? Never say never. It is a race, it is shifty, but a hard fight for


Oracle. Four years ago, Oracle did that, coming back from this


position. Join us tomorrow.


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