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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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history. Let's join our commentary team now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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secure in the knowledge that boat is quick.

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

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one. So the Kiwis first to jibe, the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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this series? This is white we always say the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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manoeuvre. Already, this lead is looking like a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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designs and their techniques and their tactics.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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fantastic distribution of responsibility that works so well

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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competitor. So be Americans still in touch, just

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

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

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

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

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

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you would expect to hear from these guys.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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making any mistakes. Classic match racing right now.

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Criticised earlier on in the match himself for not covering Jimmy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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them! Peter Burling looking to put his

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

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measured approach which this man has brought to proceedings all across

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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of San Francisco replaced by jubilation here.

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

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

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

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

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America's Cup to Emirates Team New Zealand!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE MUSIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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what are the key performance differentiators and going for that.

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

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

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really the key performance differentiators in these boats.

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

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

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performed, starting off with the seersies perhaps not sailing that

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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joining. # I was here

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# I did it # I'm done

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

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would be # I will leave my mark so everyone

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can know # I was here.

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# I lived # I loved.

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

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

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

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

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# Did my best # Brought someone some happiness

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

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# I was here. # I was here!

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# I lived # I loved.

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# I was here. # I did it

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

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

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everyone will know # I was here.

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# I did it # I've done it.

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