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!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE MUSIC
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.
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# 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!
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# I was here. # I did it
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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.