Episode 9 Sailing: America's Cup

Episode 9

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

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Clearly, the plan was not to be in this position again. But we are


here. Now it is up to us to respond and react. I think there is still


plenty of fight, we are getting better as we go. Given the


opportunity, we will improve from it. If you are asking for somebody


to point the finger at, should point it firmly at me. I think we showed


we are a pretty tough bunch. We got asked questions and I felt like we


answered them with our performance in the water. We have shown we can


beat these guys. This is not over, we will get stronger and we will


just focus on one race now. There is no second.


There is no second. Day Five of the America's Cup in Bermuda and could


it be famous for New Zealand sailing? They are on the brink of


their third America's Cup success in the country's history after a great


performance out of the Great Sound on Sunday. New Zealand have won


seven, but it is 6-1 after America claimed a bonus point in qualifying.


It is now or never for Oracle Team USA to stop New Zealand making


history. Let's join our commentary team now.


Race number nine of the America's Cup match is under way and it could


be the last as New Zealand aims to make history and the eyes of the


sporting world focused firmly now in the Great Sound. Spithill going for


it now. Going towards the top end of the line. The right-hand end of the


line, that is a bit further away from the first mark. But it is


always a faster angle. Let's see if he can make that. This kind of


distance has been a problem for Jimmy Spithill, let's see if it is


today. He has pulled the trigger, has he gone too soon? It looks like


it is going to be just fine this time around and the two boats, the


Americans just about in front. Tearing towards Mark one. So


critical that Jimmy Spithill and his team get away to a cleaner and quick


start. They have to be to respond. But the owner psyche and for the


chance to win this race, they need to get over the top for a chance to


win this race. It looks like they might have pulled this off. Sailing


below the mark right now. There you go. Two out of seven I think in the


start so far, so Jimmy Spithill has finally got one and, man did he need


it. Goodspeed from the Americans as they turn around and they head down


for the first time in this race. And the Kiwis behind them. They have


been very happy through the course of our time here in Bermuda to play


catch up. They bided their time and they waited for the wind shifts,


secure in the knowledge that boat is quick.


Let's start counting! Stand-by. Happy? Three, two, one. Read two,


one. So the Kiwis first to jibe, the


Americans right on the boundary. I think the whole world is just


holding their breath. If you are an Oracle band, that jibe was so


critical. They stayed in that boils but they are in a very precarious


spot. They can do a reversal and they can roll over the top, it does


not seem like Spithill is to concerns but that is placing them in


a disastrous spot, Oracle. Neck and neck right over. Oracle is in a


tough spot. Emirates Team New Zealand just barely bowing out.


Intentionally using their wing quashed the slowdown in line to --


two. Quicker of the jibe yet again, how many times have we said that in


this series? This is white we always say the


fastest boat wins the America's Cup. That tiny speed edge goes from


behind to a head in a heartbeat, Emirates Team New Zealand. That is


the wing wash which the Kiwis will be hoping will spoil the attempt of


the Americans and allow them to extend their lead. The ideal route


into the gate. Albatross! Albatross! Stand-by. New


Zealand out in front, looking to claim the trophy, to claim their


place in history. The Americans already, even at this stage in the


race, with plenty to do. Albatross, we all wanted to find out


what that was, that was a super difficult manoeuvre by Oracle. And


you can see that paying dearly in boat speed. Having to do that last


second spin around. They did it pretty well, but I tell you what,


that was not pretty and it was not easy to do.


So the New Zealanders reading the race. The Americans in a separate


direction to try to chase a bit of wind. And find a way back in. That


leaves Peter Burling's men. That split became so critical from Oracle


that they decided to do one of the hardest manoeuvres on these boats.


They need that split is to continue and possibly double that lead


because Emirates Team New Zealand is in no way. They are not slow and


they are not getting any closer. Look at the speed difference, 23


knots and 20 knots. As they pulled back their curtains this morning,


they will have known that in these conditions, the Kiwi boat


unquestionably has the edge. We have seen it throughout the time here.


Peter Burling, he is twiddling his Nobbs in the bottom right hand side


of the corner. He is trying to do his thing with his box. Controlling


the wind, and the shape. Again, the foils, such a slick


manoeuvre. Already, this lead is looking like a


very significant one for Emirates Team New Zealand. Freddie, in the


water, the breeze is still around 899 knots, is there a general trend


here? Yes, the breeze is still the same, two minute oscillations


flicking left and right. The jibe by the Kiwis in the boundary was


unbelievable. Glenn Ashby was halfway down the boat as the boat


was getting turned down. Superb boat handling by the Kiwis. So we have


had a jibe and an albatross this race. We thought we have heard it


all, but we have not. Pushing the boundaries, they love it, the


innovators. Setting the agenda on and off the course with their


designs and their techniques and their tactics.


Ten seconds? Stand by that, guys. Three, two, one. Peter Burling


withdrawal of his experience, needed to draw upon right now -- Jimmy


Spithill. Twice and America's Cup winner in 2010 and 2013. At the


moment, staring down the barrel. This could be a possible right-hand


Winship. You can see up in the corner that the angle of Emirates


Team New Zealand is going down. That often means the wind shift is going


the other way. When these guys come back together again, they will be a


little bit closer. Keep it close, Oracle. You always talk about that


150 metre mark as being just about in the realms of being in touch and


staying in touch and having the opportunity to turn around. One


mistake and you can edge in front. Get too much beyond that and it


becomes much more difficult. Right on the cusp of that threshold right


now. It is still phenomenal to watch this boat, flawless. How stable the


boat becomes, how quickly they fling the thing over. And once they have


manoeuvred, the cycle has got to work, generating the power and


pushing the oil around the system to allow them a little bit of tactical


freedom. Decisions can be made at that point, once the power levels


are back up where they need them. Interesting, expected in this light


breeze, which they going with their bigger jibs today? It is a trend we


have seen, in the longer foils, you do not need as much sail area to get


them working and it drags through the air as well as through the


water. A big speed discrepancy between the two boats, heading in


separate directions. The Kiwis were motoring away at around 30 knots and


the USA struggling at around 20. A seem to have bubbled away a bit


here. A great shot as Glenn Ashby heads across the trampoline and


takes the helm for a moment until Peter Burling arrives. They have a


fantastic distribution of responsibility that works so well


for them. Glenn Ashby something of a Guru, multiple World Champion. He


had a "un-money macro's allotment. Yes, Jimmy Spithill grew from him in


the little America's Cup, in the C class -- he had a big impact on


Jimmy Spithill's development. That seemed like forever ago. But this


turned up the Sarries. The Kiwis go through the gates. Up went one more


time. And this time going with an early boat. This is the controlled


the race course. Knowing ball well that's Oracle Team USA had to split


and do something, this is a traditional move, you boat early.


You give up a bit of your lead but when they go around the mark, you


will be close to the same water and the same wind shift as your


competitor. So be Americans still in touch, just


about. They have to be a little concerned at this point with time


ticking against them. The defenders of the America's Cup. It will be a


quiet realisation that this might be over in the not too distant future.


A little bust, just a little. This is good, and no lower. A lot of


positivity. That is good to hear. A lot of positivity, at it -- and what


you would expect to hear from these guys.


A little faster still. 20 seconds. Stand by. Three, two, one. New


Zealand's did those two extra tacks and certainly gave up a bit of their


lead. I would guess that Emirates Team New Zealand fans of more


comfortable in this position with a 150 metre lead than at the opposite


end of the racecourse. There, are vulnerable. Here, you are not.


Looking at the back side of these wings again. Looking to try to prove


me correct on team New Zealand. But they seem pretty quiet with the top


section of the foil right now. We're looking for that hummingbird concept


that Freddie introduced to us the other day. It's not exactly there


right now. Listen, this is again what we talked about earlier, this


is the one mistake zone. The problem is, the kiwis don't seem to be


making any mistakes. Classic match racing right now.


Criticised earlier on in the match himself for not covering Jimmy


Spithill and Oracle Team USA seems to have rectified that in pretty


much every department. Simon right up towards his Max heart rate. The


bronze medallist from London 2012, new experiences for him out here on


the water, as we were telling you earlier, not least the day that the


kiwi boat disappeared upside down. One minute you're cycling, the next


you're gargling. Now the Kiwis will make sure they lay the mark. Oracle


are trying to do anything right now. Desperation again, trying to take


over. The cyclists create the hydraulic pressure on the kiwi boat.


On the boat on the left, Team USA doing it more conventionally with


coffee grinding. One interesting part is you Americans seem to, on


the left, the port star board, that is the board up down, you can help


me, the board up down is called a pressure accumulator than moving the


appendages around. That's a separate entity. We see that on the right


that. Number seems to move a lot more on the American boat. That's


right. You have lift accumulator for dropping and lifting the boards.


Then a brake accumulator. The big gain for the Kiwis is they can feel


the brake accumulator quickly and set them up for the next tackle


jibe. Freddie was telling me earlier he thinks that the Kiwis, now that


he's not in the cup, he can admit that the Kiwis might have about 30%


more effort, more pressure. That's right, Ken. About 30%.


So the Kiwis needed one more tack to get into the gate and round. That


means that the USA have gained on them, just a little bit. It's


interesting, they have this close tactic, definitely closed up the


lead a little bit. Again, they're in the same water - there's oracle


again doing everything to get to a different side of the racecourse,


splitting it again. Choosing to do another tack, anything. Jimmy


Spithill with one down wind leg to go. He's got to roll the dice. He's


got to come out punching. The bar has been set very Highbury that


other boat - very high by that other boat. This is a bit of a caning


going on here right now in this America's Cup, quite frankly, I


don't think anybody anticipated. We anticipated these guys to be good. I


don't think anybody anticipated the Kiwis to be THIS good. Except maybe


them! Peter Burling looking to put his


foot on the jugular. Got to admire the calm, the composure, the


measured approach which this man has brought to proceedings all across


this five weeks of racing on the great sand. Think back a few weeks


ago to when their boat was in shreds, after that dramatic pitch


pole. Then they put it all back together. Don't forget the millions


of Kiwis up watching this right now, I think it's 5am on that little


island. They're licking their chops right now. They're saying, "Auckland


here we come." Wiping the sleep from their eyes and recognising that


their team is close now. Could be two more jibes in. Possibly one more


jibe in. Let's see if they can soak down. This is an interesting angle


into the finish line. Let's see if they can soak and get there.


So the USA desperately trying to chase the Kiwis down. But the game


is up. There will be no fairy-tale comeback this time around. Jimmy


Spithill has lost his magic wand and in the meantime, the Kiwis,


innovative in their design, intense in their focus, resilient throughout


the time here in Bermuda, the New Zealanders pedalling into the


history books. The America's Cup wrestled from the USA by Beryling


Beryling's men in -- Peter Burling's men in black. The heartache and pain


of San Francisco replaced by jubilation here.


In the end eight victories in all in this match for the New Zealanders.


They win it by 7-1. They have been radical with their


design, perfect in their execution, quite simply Emirates Team New


Zealand have dominated the 35th America's Cup. We now present the


America's Cup to Emirates Team New Zealand!




Massive congratulations, you've just lifted the oldest trophy in world


sport, what was that like? It's an unbelievable feeling. As a kiwi


watching our country compete for the America's Cup, to be able to come


here to Bermuda with an amazing group of guys and girls, like we


have here, we feel like a really tight family. To be able to get the


job done today and share that trophy with them and bringing it home, it's


an unbelievable feeling. If you could have your time again, is there


one thing you would do differently? I don't think there's only one thing


in particular. I was saying before, it's kind of ironic, even when you


win the America's Cup, you still, you know, you think about all the


things you did wrong. You wish you could have done better. Obviously,


when you lose America's Cup it's quite a lot more. The list is long.


I think that's for me and the team that's probably going to be the next


few months really reflecting on that, what we could have done as a


team, for myself, individually to be better. The most important thing is


to learn from it and grow stronger. You were on the boat four years ago


in San Francisco, you know what it's like to lose this trophy. What is it


like to hold it above your head? It's a much nicer walk up to there


when you win than when you don't. That's for sure. That goes through


the whole of sport, at the end of the day. Just an amazing feeling of


satisfaction, I guess. For the whole team and for New Zealand as a


country to be able to pull this off, it's been an unbelievable journey.


I'm sure they'll be celebrating for some time to come. Joining me to


share his reflections is Sir Ben Ainslie. A word about team New


Zealand. They came here and led from the beginning. They did. You


certainly have to take your hats on to them and say what an amazing


campaign. You look back to 2013 and some very difficult moments, I'm


sure reflecting on that narrow loss and going back to New Zealand and


rebuilding, starting again and coming through. You know, totally


dominant through this competition. This final America's Cup against


Oracle Team USA, again dominant through all of that. An incredible


campaign and journey for them and we look forward going to Auckland.


Would you describe them as brave? Absolutely. You know, they've


certainly, their approach to this new class of boat, I think, of all


the teams, they've really thrown everything at it in terms of effort


and time. Just the design philosophy, I think, and looking at


what are the key performance differentiators and going for that.


The cycling is one element of it, or the cycles. Their dagger board


design is more dynamic and extreme than everybody else's. The foils are


really the key performance differentiators in these boats.


They've been braver, more extreme than anyone else and pulled that


together. That and also stepping up their sailing team, how they


performed, starting off with the seersies perhaps not sailing that


well, but really developing through and really outsailing oracle in this


final series. An incredible achievement. You win the trophy, you


lift it above your head. Then you're responsible for the next one. What's


the chat, what's the glimmer of the future? We've heard already that the


yacht club of Sicily is the new challenger of record. It's effective


team Prada. So they will now negotiate with Emirates Team New


Zealand the rules, the class of boat, the venue, date for the next


competition. Both of those two teams have huge history in the America's


Cup. They're both commercially minded teams. I'm very positive


about that and that they will negotiate good terms for a great


event in Auckland, no doubt. May be not be Auckland, but I expect it to


be there, two, three, four years' time. For our team, Land Rover BAR,


we're committed to winning the America's Cup. We've built a great


organisation here now. OK, we didn't make it this time, as a new team, we


knew that would be a huge challenge. We're determined to get that job


done. Thank you, Ben. It's been a pleasure following you. That's it


from Bermuda. New Zealand have lifted the oldest trophy in world


sport and a nation is celebrating. That's it from us. Thanks for


joining. # I was here


# I did it # I'm done


# Everything that I wanted and needed was more than I thought it


would be # I will leave my mark so everyone


can know # I was here.


# I lived # I loved.


# I was here. # I did, I've done


# Everything that I wanted and it was more than thought it would be


# I will leave my mark so everyone will know I was here.


# I just want them to know that I gave my all


# Did my best # Brought someone some happiness


# Left this world a little better just because...


# I was here. # I was here!


# I lived # I loved.


# I was here. # I did it


# I've done it # Everything that I wanted and it


was more than I thought it would be. # I wanted to leave my mark so


everyone will know # I was here.


# I did it # I've done it.


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