New Zealand win America's Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand has won the 35th America's Cup, defeating ORACLE TEAM USA on June 26 on the Great Sound in Burmuda.

Team New Zealand's victory was sweet revenge for Kiwis, who watched in horror in 2013 as Oracle overturned a 1-8 deficit to win the Cup 9-8 - the biggest comeback in the event's 166-year history.

Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby, the sole remaining member of the 2013 crew, said it was "absolutely unbelievable" to finally win back the Auld Mug.

In 2013 New Zealand surrendered an 8-1 lead as Sir Ben Ainslie led the US side to a seemingly impossible victory, but their title was never in doubt this year.

Jimmy Spithill, skipper, ORACLE TEAM USA, says, "On behalf of the whole of ORACLE TEAM USA, congratulations to Emirates Team New Zealand".

"It is student teaching the master", said former America's Cup sailor Ken Read.

"We are not taking anything for granted", New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling said on Sunday after coolly steering his space-age 50-foot catamaran to yet another win over the team's nemesis, U.S. skipper Jimmy Spithill.

"The way we did it, the accolades we're getting internationally for our innovation and the quality of our sailors, people are saying New Zealand just bundles excellence", Busfield said in a telephone interview from Bermuda.




These boats don't sail, they fly at top speed on foils.

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Burling, who won Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro a year ago in the 49er skiff class with fellow crew member Blair Tuke, has exuded a disarming calm on and off the water and has now won himself a place in yachting history. As the silver trophy was passed around, some team members poured champagne into it and took swigs.

There could be a healthy spike in the number of apprentice boatbuilders coming forward after Team New Zealand's stunning America's Cup win. We obviously learned a lot from that campaign.

"It's been an incredible journey for us as a team", he said.

Their "cyclors", including an Olympic cycling medallist, have kept their heads down throughout the contest, pedalling furiously to provide enough oil in the system to allow the boat to perform nearly balletic pirouette manoeuvres on the water.

"Andy [Maloney] and I managed to get through without doing it - I was super proud of Andy - and what we were able to do that day to get a couple of wins was pretty awesome".

"What a series - they made fewer mistakes and they fully deserve it, so our hats are off to them", he said.

An emotional Spithill, aiming to be the first Australian to win three Cups at the helm, paid tribute to the Kiwi effort.

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