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America's Cup win brings relief, elation for New Zealanders

Isaac Mcdaniel | 27 June, 2017, 05:30

Emirates Team New Zealand helmed by Peter Burling celebrate after winning the America's Cup Match Presented by Louis Vuitton on June 26, 2017 in Hamilton, Bermuda.

The win exorcised the demons from four years ago in San Francisco, when Team New Zealand squandered an 8-1 lead over Spithill's Team USA to lose the challenge series 9-8.

Busfield said the Cup is in the hands of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, who would decide where the 36th edition of the famous race would be held - but he sincerely hoped it would be Auckland.

"Well done. They sailed better than anyone else out here and so, rightly so, they are the 35th America's Cup champions".

"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.

Their own team principal and benefactor Matteo de Nora, who said on Monday he "knew we had an opportunity to do something" with Dalton, was instrumental in providing support and guidance during a period when others doubted.

"Emirates Team New Zealand's efforts to reclaim the cup have done our country proud, and we congratulate the team on their monumental achievement".

The America's Cup, named after the schooner "America" which won it off the south coast of England in 1851, has only been held by teams from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland.

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Dalton met secretly at his home with the 26-year-old, who has won Olympic gold and silver medals in the 49er skiff class.

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"Relief to right the wrongs of the last campaign", Ashby said when asked how he felt.

Thousands of sleepy New Zealanders got up at 5 watch the race on television.

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

Its "cyclors", including an Olympic cycling medalist, 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 maneuvers on the water.

"We sort of all as a group agreed and recognized, I guess, where the bar will eventually get with our sport and we tried to fast-track that learning process as fast as we could". While Oracle was able to make a few gains, they ultimately fell behind by 55 seconds giving a comfortable win to Emirates.


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