Race 7 and 8 Highlights Sailing: America's Cup


Race 7 and 8 Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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now. Both boats across the line. Clean this time. The Americans

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getting up nice and quick and they have stolen a march this time on the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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boats. So race number seven of the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the stop. Looking like the timings are pretty

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

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

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

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

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

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prestart software. That could have been another situation where the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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water. So Peter Burling taking the Kiwis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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extreme difference between the grinding and the pedalling. Why are

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the dagger boards. We believe Oracle actually never accumulates more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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in between the racing. Still searching desperately for that last

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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squeeze the Kiwis. They need something similar here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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shoulder. The Americans are going to split the

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

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

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part of the racecourse as Oracle is in.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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be too little, too late for Oracle Team USA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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have been tweaking and adjusting here and there in amongst the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:28:22.:28:26.

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

:28:27.:28:32.

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

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

:28:40.:28:44.

smoother transition on their boards. The biggest difference between the

:28:45.:28:50.

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

:28:51.:28:55.

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

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

:29:03.:29:07.

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

:29:08.:29:11.

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

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

:29:17.:29:23.

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

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

:29:29.:29:35.

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

:29:36.:29:38.

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

:29:39.:29:45.

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

:29:46.:29:49.

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

:29:50.:29:56.

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

:29:57.:30:01.

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

:30:02.:30:07.

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

:30:08.:30:13.

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

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

:30:17.:30:23.

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

:30:24.:30:29.

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

:30:30.:30:34.

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

:30:35.:30:38.

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

:30:39.:30:43.

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

:30:44.:30:46.

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

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

:30:55.:30:57.

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

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

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

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

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

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box. Commentary: It is hard to pick up

:31:22.:31:28.

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

:31:29.:31:46.

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

:31:47.:31:53.

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

:31:54.:32:03.

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

:32:04.:32:12.

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

:32:13.:32:24.

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

:32:25.:32:34.

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

:32:35.:32:41.

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

:32:42.:32:48.

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

:32:49.:32:53.

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

:32:54.:33:00.

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

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

:33:07.:33:07.

accelerating quicker. Again, cannot afford it at this

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

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

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

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

:33:46.:33:52.

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

:33:53.:33:55.

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

:33:56.:34:06.

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

:34:07.:34:13.

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

:34:14.:34:16.

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

:34:17.:34:26.

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

:34:27.:34:30.

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

:34:31.:34:38.

surprise to many of us. Not least the American helmsman

:34:39.:34:45.

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

:34:46.:34:54.

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

:34:55.:35:01.

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

:35:02.:35:07.

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

:35:08.:35:17.

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

:35:18.:35:22.

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

:35:23.:35:28.

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

:35:29.:35:33.

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

:35:34.:35:39.

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

:35:40.:35:46.

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

:35:47.:35:53.

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

:35:54.:36:01.

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

:36:02.:36:02.

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

:36:03.:36:27.

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

:36:28.:36:33.

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

:36:34.:36:39.

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

:36:40.:36:44.

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

:36:45.:36:50.

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

:36:51.:37:00.

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

:37:01.:37:05.

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

:37:06.:37:11.

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

:37:12.:37:17.

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

:37:18.:37:26.

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

:37:27.:37:31.

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

:37:32.:37:49.

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

:37:50.:37:54.

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

:37:55.:37:59.

medicine of the Kiwis turned against them.

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

:38:32.:38:40.

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

:38:41.:38:47.

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

:38:48.:38:55.

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

:38:56.:38:59.

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

:39:00.:39:06.

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

:39:07.:39:17.

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

:39:18.:39:29.

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

:39:30.:39:39.

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

:39:40.:39:46.

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

:39:47.:39:54.

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

:39:55.:39:59.

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

:40:00.:40:04.

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

:40:05.:40:17.

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

:40:18.:40:22.

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

:40:23.:40:28.

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

:40:29.:40:34.

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

:40:35.:40:40.

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

:40:41.:40:47.

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

:40:48.:40:51.

Another one they would love to have back.

:40:52.:40:58.

Jimmy Spithill complained yesterday, thinking the Kiwis have been handed

:40:59.:41:06.

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

:41:07.:41:12.

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

:41:13.:41:21.

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

:41:22.:41:26.

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

:41:27.:41:37.

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

:41:38.:41:44.

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

:41:45.:41:49.

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

:41:50.:41:52.

boundary and get a penalty, not good.

:41:53.:42:16.

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

:42:17.:42:26.

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

:42:27.:42:31.

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

:42:32.:42:36.

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

:42:37.:42:42.

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

:42:43.:42:46.

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

:42:47.:42:58.

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

:42:59.:43:03.

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

:43:04.:43:09.

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

:43:10.:43:15.

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

:43:16.:43:19.

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

:43:20.:43:27.

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

:43:28.:43:35.

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

:43:36.:43:40.

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

:43:41.:43:44.

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

:43:45.:43:55.

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

:43:56.:44:23.

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

:44:24.:44:43.

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

:44:44.:44:48.

this race, maybe not yet for the event.

:44:49.:45:15.

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

:45:16.:45:30.

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

:45:31.:45:31.

in sync. Again, with the hulls out of the

:45:32.:45:50.

water, zero verbal communication between the Kiwis.

:45:51.:46:06.

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

:46:07.:46:14.

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

:46:15.:46:28.

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

:46:29.:47:01.

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

:47:02.:47:07.

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

:47:08.:47:12.

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

:47:13.:47:15.

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

:47:16.:47:28.

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

:47:29.:47:34.

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

:47:35.:47:41.

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

:47:42.:47:50.

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

:47:51.:47:56.

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

:47:57.:48:08.

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

:48:09.:48:15.

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

:48:16.:48:18.

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

:48:19.:48:47.

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

:48:48.:48:53.

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

:48:54.:49:02.

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

:49:03.:49:05.

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

:49:06.:49:10.

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

:49:11.:49:17.

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

:49:18.:49:28.

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

:49:29.:49:33.

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

:49:34.:49:44.

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

:49:45.:49:47.

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

:49:48.:49:56.

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

:49:57.:50:02.

They are vibration dampening devices. The shrouds are

:50:03.:50:08.

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

:50:09.:50:15.

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

:50:16.:50:22.

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

:50:23.:50:26.

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

:50:27.:50:31.

vibrating and may be breaking something, they vibrate so

:50:32.:50:39.

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

:50:40.:50:44.

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

:50:45.:50:49.

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

:50:50.:50:58.

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

:50:59.:51:05.

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

:51:06.:51:11.

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

:51:12.:51:18.

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

:51:19.:51:22.

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

:51:23.:51:28.

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

:51:29.:51:37.

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

:51:38.:51:44.

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

:51:45.:51:53.

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

:51:54.:51:58.

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

:51:59.:52:02.

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

:52:03.:52:08.

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

:52:09.:52:16.

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

:52:17.:52:25.

dramatic events of possibly the greatest comeback sport has seen and

:52:26.:52:30.

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

:52:31.:52:37.

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

:52:38.:52:41.

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

:52:42.:52:48.

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

:52:49.:52:54.

race win from claiming the oldest trophy.

:52:55.:53:00.

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

:53:01.:53:06.

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

:53:07.:53:12.

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

:53:13.:53:17.

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

:53:18.:53:22.

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

:53:23.:53:29.

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

:53:30.:53:36.

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

:53:37.:53:40.

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

:53:41.:53:44.

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

:53:45.:53:49.

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

:53:50.:53:54.

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

:53:55.:54:00.

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

:54:01.:54:04.

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

:54:05.:54:08.

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

:54:09.:54:14.

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

:54:15.:54:19.

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

:54:20.:54:25.

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

:54:26.:54:32.

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

:54:33.:54:36.

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

:54:37.:54:43.

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

:54:44.:54:47.

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

:54:48.:54:51.

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

:54:52.:54:56.

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

:54:57.:55:03.

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

:55:04.:55:07.

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

:55:08.:55:13.

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

:55:14.:55:18.

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

:55:19.:55:23.

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

:55:24.:55:29.

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

:55:30.:55:33.

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

:55:34.:55:37.

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

:55:38.:55:44.

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

:55:45.:55:49.

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

:55:50.:55:55.

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

:55:56.:56:00.

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

:56:01.:56:04.

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

:56:05.:56:11.

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

:56:12.:56:16.

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

:56:17.:56:22.

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

:56:23.:56:25.

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

:56:26.:56:29.

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

:56:30.:56:35.

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

:56:36.:56:41.

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

:56:42.:56:45.

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

:56:46.:56:52.

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

:56:53.:56:54.

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

:56:55.:56:58.

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

:56:59.:57:05.

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

:57:06.:57:11.

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

:57:12.:57:17.

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

:57:18.:57:21.

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

:57:22.:57:25.

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

:57:26.:57:30.

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

:57:31.:57:35.

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

:57:36.:57:42.

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

:57:43.:57:47.

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

:57:48.:57:51.

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

:57:52.:57:58.

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

:57:59.:58:05.

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

:58:06.:58:06.

position. Join us tomorrow.

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