Team New Zealand routs Oracle Team USA to win America's Cup

Esther Moore
June 27, 2017

Bendigo-born Glenn Ashby skippered Team New Zealand in Bermuda's Great Sound to a crushing 7-1 victory over Team USA, who were guided by Sydney's Jimmy Spithill.

Burling, a cool and calm 26 years old Olympic gold medal skipper told the press he is not taking the winning for granted, mindful of the Team USA winning races from far behind can likely happen.

New Zealand first won the Auld Mug, as the America's Cup is known, in San Diego in 1995 with the yacht "Black Magic".

Team USA's extended crew not only included Spithill, but also fellow Australians Tom Slingsby, Ky Hurst, Tom Johnson, Kyle Langford, Joey Newton, Sam Newton and Graeme Spence. However, it was not to be.

The crew of Emirates Team New Zealand celebrate after defeating Oracle Team USA to win the America's Cup sailing competition Monday, June 26, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda.

They led 8-1 in 2013 when the Cup was held in San Francisco, but they couldn't hang on.

Photo provided by America's Cup Events Authority shows the Kiwis during an America's race against the U.S. in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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"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.

A Kiwi crew member from greeting fans before the America's Cup sailing event on Monday.

"We would also like to pass on our congratulations to the entire team, from the likes of chief executive Grant Dalton to the boat builders and sail makers, and chief operations officer Kevin Shoebridge and skipper Glenn Ashby to the designers".

"A few years ago, it was absolutely brutal for the team", he said. "For myself and a lot of the other guys that are with the team this time around, it is a great redemption and just a relief to right the wrongs of the last campaign".

"I think they thought it through more carefully and they were smarter about the way they put the boat together", he said.

New Zealand won the right to take on the United States by beating four other "challengers", using cycling sailors known as "cyclors" to provide pedal power to control their foiling 15 metre catamaran's vast "wing" sail and hydrofoils.

It prompted the reporter from TV New Zealand to question Spithill the reliability of the Oracle software that boasts 1,000 sensors per boat and 40,000 data points per second. "They fully deserve it; hats off to them".

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