James Spithill

  • Aired:  10/07/13
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Skipper James Spithill discusses yacht racing technology, the America's Cup and Larry Ellison's ocean of cash. (5:55)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY MY GUEST TONIGHT IS

FOR CAPTAIN WHO WON THEAMERICA'S CUP-- THOUGH TO BE

FAIR THE WIND DID A LOT OF WORK.

PLEASE WELCOME JIMMY SPITHILL!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)WELL, WELCOME ABOARD CAPTAIN

JIM.

THANK YOU, THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

>> Stephen: NOW THE AMERICA'SCUP, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MAY

NOT BE INTO BIG BOAT SAIL RACINGIT'S THE OLDEST TOURNAMENT IN

THE WORLD, RIGHT?

>> OLDEST TROWNY INTERNATIONALSPORT, PREDATES THE MODERN

OLYMPICS, OVER 160 YEARS OLD.

SO, YEAH, THE OLDEST TROPHY OUTTHERE.

>> Stephen: AND YOU WON THIS FORAMERICA.

>> WE KEPT IT HERE FOR AMERICA.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: NOW I KNOW AMERICA

PRETTY WELL.

I'M HAVING TROUBLE PLACING YOURACCENT, THOUGH.

(LAUGHTER)>> IT'S FROM THE SOUTH.

>> Stephen: IT IS.

PRETTY DEEP SOUTH.

YOU ARE FROM WHERE, SIR?

>> I'M FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDER,FROM AUSTRALIA.

SYDNEY ORIGINALLY.

>> OKAY, ALL RIGHT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: LET'S EXPLAIN TO THE

PEOPLE OUT THERE WHAT IT WASYOUR DOING IN SAN FRANCISCO

HARBOR FOR THE AMERICA'S CUP.

I'VE DONE A LITTLE BIT OF OCEANSAILING BUT THIS IS ALMOST

ENTIRELY BUT NOT COMPLETELYUNLIKE SAILING.

LET'S SHOW PEOPLE WHAT WE'RELOOKING AT.

EXPLAIN WHAT'S HAPPENING INTHESE BOATS.

>> WELL, THE LIGHTEST THING ONTHESE BOATS IS THE FOILING.

SO IF YOU LOOK AT THERE, YOUMIGHT HAVE SEEN LAIRD HAMILTON

ON A SURF BOARD DOING THIS.

NOW WE'RE DOING IT ON A 72 FOOTCARBON FIRE MULTIHULLS AND WE

HAVE A CARBON FIBER WING, JUSTLIKE THE WING OFF THE SIDE OF AN

AIRCRAFT AND IT IS INSANE.

RACING ON THAT BAY IT'S LIKENASCAR ON WATER.

>> Stephen: I'M USED TO BEING ONA SAILBOAT ON THE WATER BUT THIS

LOOKS ALMOST LIKE A SPACESHIPWITH 130-FOOT SAIL AND JUST TWO

CRUISE MISSILE STRAPPED TO IT.

(LAUGHTER)HOW DO YOU CONTROL SOMETHING

THAT IS BARELY IN THE WATER LIKETHAT?

HOW FAR DO YOU GET OFF THE WATERWHEN YOU'RE COOKING?

>> YOU GO PROBABLY ABOUT A METERAND A HALF TWO METERS.

>> Stephen: I DON'T SPEAKWHATEVER THAT IS.

(LAUGHTER)A METER, IS THAT 50 FEET?

TWO METERS?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

10 FOOT OR SOMETHING.

BUT I DON'T THINK YOU'RE EVERREALLY IN CONTROL.

IT'S SORT OF LIKE RIDING AMOTORBIKE.

YOU'RE IN CONTROL UNTIL YOU FALLOFF AND IT'S ONE HELL OF A RIDE.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S THE FESTESTYOU GO NOT ON THE FOILS?

>> NOT ON THE FOILS PROBABLY 30KNOTS.

>> Stephen: AND WHEN THE FOILSKICK UP HOW FAST DO YOU GO?

>> THEN IT'S LIKE A TURBO BOOST.

THE ONLY THING THAT STOPS YOU ISWHERE THE FOILS JUST START TO --

THE WATER BOILS AROUND THEFOILS.

IT'S THAT HIGH A PRESSURE ANDIT'S ALMOST LIKE A SPEED

LIMITER.

BUT AS WE GET BETTER AND LEARNMORE IT'S LIKE A QUANTUM LEAP

FOR US IN THIS SPORT, WE'LLFIGURE OUT HOW TO GO FASTER AND

FASTER AND TOP SPEEDS WILL KEEPRISING.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS THE TOPSPEED RIGHT NOW

>> ON OUR BOAT ABOUT 48 KNOTS.

>> Stephen: AGAIN -->>

(LAUGHTER)>> YEAH, CLOSE TO 60 MILES AN

HOUR.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)>> Stephen: 60 MILES AN HOUR?

SO YOU COULD GET PULLED OVER ONSOME HIGHWAY.

(LAUGHTER)>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: THE FOUNDER OFORACLE LARRY ELLISON ACTUALLY

PAID FOR THIS.

$100 MILLION COMING OUT OF HISPOCKET.

>> LARRY'S BEEN GREAT AND A LOTOF OTHER GREAT SPONSORS BUT

LARRY'S A REAL COMPETITOR, LOVESRACING AND WHAT YOU SAW ON THE

BAY WAS HIS VISION.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT HE'S PEOPLEDOUT THERE AND IT'S SUCH A BIG

STEP FOR THE SPORT NOW.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S IT LIKEWORKING FOR ONE OF THE RICHEST

MEMBER IN THE WORLD?

DO, LIKE, 20 BILLS FALL OFF HIM?

(LAUGHTER)>> HE'S GREAT.

THE COOLEST THING ABOUT LARRY ISHE'S SELF-MADE.

HE CAME FROM NOTHING AND, YOUKNOW, THAT'S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT

HIM.

WHEN HE COMES DOWN TO THE BASEAND HANGS OUT WITH THE GUYS HE'S

JUST LIKE ONE OF THE OTHER GUYSAND I THINK THAT'S WHAT HE

LOVES.

WHEN HE COMES ON THE BOAT WETREAT HIM LIKE ANYONE ELSE.

HE GETS YELLED AT AND THAT'SSOMETHING HE'S NOT USED TO.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: ONE OF THE GOOD

THING ABOUT THE AMERICA'S CUP ISNOW THAT AMERICA'S GOT IT, WE

GET TO SET THE RULES FOR WHATTHE RACE HAS TO BE NEXT TIME,

RIGHT?

>> CORRECT.

>> Stephen: WHO DID YOU SFWHAET>> THE KIWIS, THE NEW ZEALAND

TEAM.

>> Stephen: AS AN AUSTRALIAN,DID THAT FEEL GOOD?

>> OH, MATE.

(LAUGHTER)YOU BEAT THOSE HOBBIT HUMPERS.

(LAUGHTER)>> I'M NOT GOING TO LIE TO YOU,

MATE, IT FEELS FANTASTIC.

>> Stephen: ARE THEY THE ONESTHAT SET THE RULES THAT IT WOULD

BE ON THE HYDRO FOIL BOATS IS?

>> WE WERE THE LAST ONE, BROUGHTIT TO SAN FRANCISCO BAY, PULLED

OUT THE NEW BOAT, NEW FORMAT.

NOW WE DO IT AGAIN SO WE COME UPWITH THE RULES.

OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A HUGE SUCCESSAND FOR THE FIRST TIME

NON-SAILORS ARE WATCHING SAILINGON T.V..

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT.

>> Stephen: LIKE RIGHT NOW.

>> LIKE, EXACTLY.

SO THAT'S WHAT'S SO COOL ANDEXCITING.

>> Stephen: CAN I SUGGESTSOMETHINGING?

SAY TO THIS LARRY: HOW ABOUTNEXT TIME SAME BOAT BUT YOU SAIL

JUST ON AN OCEAN OF HIS CASH.

(LAUGHTER)>> I'LL GIVE IT A GO.

I WON'T PROMISE ANYTHING.

NEXT TIME I SPEAK TO HIM I MAYBRING THAT UP.

WE'LL SEE.

>> Stephen: WHAT ABOUT ME?

I SAIL.

IF YOU NEED A CREW MEMBER, IMAKE EXCELLENT BALLAST.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)6-

>> I TELL YOU WHAT, I BROUGHTTHIS HAT ALONG BECAUSE THESE

HATS ONLY THE ATHLETES WEAR,ONLY THE SAILORS SO I'M IN THE

RECRUITMENT PROCESS SO I'MINVITING YOU.

WHENEVER YOU'RE READY, MATE,JUMP ON BOARD.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)JAMES SPITHILL, ORACLE TEAM

U.S