Sailing-New Zealand win America's Cup with victory over US

Jonathan Hernandez
June 27, 2017

"We are not taking anything for granted", New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling said on Sunday after coolly steering his space-age 15-meter catamaran to yet another win over the team's nemesis, Oracle Team USA's skipper Jimmy Spithill.

Emirates Team New Zealand steamrolled Oracle Team USA on Monday in Bermuda, 7-1, to win the 35th America's Cup and retake the title after 14 years.

It was Spithill and the team bankrolled by Oracle founder Larry Ellison who in 2013 turned a 1-8 deficit against New Zealand into a stunning 9-8 victory and a successful defence of the oldest trophy in global sport.

New Zealand is expected to host the next America's Cup regatta in Auckland - known as the city of sails - with the event likely to be held in 2021 if organizers stick to the current four-year format. However, it was not to be.

In the words of Peter Montgomery, "Once again the America's Cup is New Zealand's Cup".

"When the team come home for a well deserved break I am sure many will head off to enjoy our wonderful outdoors which we believe is the anchor stone of being a New Zealander".

John Floyd said the previous collapse was gnawing at his mind but this time the New Zealand team had out-prepared Oracle.

"As the first challenger, CVS will be the Challenger of Record for the 36th America's Cup and its representative team will be Luna Rossa Challenge".

In 2013 New Zealand surrendered an 8-1 lead as Sir Ben Ainslie led the U.S. side to a seemingly impossible victory, but their title was never in doubt this year. "It was a hard pill to swallow", Ashby said.

"Relief to right the wrongs of the last campaign", Ashby said when asked how he felt. "I don't think we would be out here without the heartbreak of San Francisco".

Burling says to "have the job done" is an "incredible" feeling for the team. He takes that honor from United States captain, Jimmy Spithill, who was 30-years-old when he first won the America's Cup in 2010.

New Zealanders, in their uniform of black shirts and red socks, feted the victors with flags and cheers as Burling, Ashby and the team lifted the ornate silver trophy, which they later paraded triumphantly back to their base.

Busfield said he expects the Cup to help grow the nearly NZ$2 billion marine industry by about 25 percent over the coming years as more people take up sailing domestically and global demand for New Zealand's boating technology grows. "They made fewer mistakes and they fully deserve it so our hats are off to them".

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