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Dominant New Zealand seal America's Cup success

27 June 2017

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.

Spithill's fightback in San Francisco in 2013 ranks as one of the biggest ever sporting reversals, overturning an 8-1 New Zealand lead to win the "Auld Mug" by 9-8.

The underfunded but resourceful Kiwis claimed the oldest trophy in global sports with another dominating light-air sprint around the Great Sound aboard their fast, 50-foot foiling catamaran.

Burling, who has shown extraordinary calmness and composure during the America's Cup campaign and has been widely viewed as unflappable, said he wanted to helm the new New Zealand boat.

He added: "We obviously learned a lot from that campaign, and we put our best foot forward as best we could". "It's David and Goliath". Oracle Team USA was on the crane - daggerboards in and said to be their light air set.

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New Zealand's new system could be extremely hard to beat, and when they go into the next Cup as defenders, whoever will be challenging them will have their work cut out for them.

"That is going to be dependent on various plans either from the team or from Auckland Council and the role it's going to play, so I think the government should be involved in that".

New Zealand won the right to take on the U.S.by beating four other "challengers" from Britain, France, Japan and Sweden, using cycling sailors dubbed "cyclors" to provide pedal power to control their catamaran's vast "wing" sail and hydrofoils.

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.

While the America's Cup is as much a design as a sailing race, with tens of millions of dollars invested in the racing boats, psychological games are also crucial.

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In 2010, Spithill became the youngest skipper to win the America's Cup, at 30.

"We would like to pass on our massive congratulations to Peter, Blair, Andy and Josh, as well as Guy Endean who was a member of the 2013 Red Bull Youth America's Cup-winning NZL Sailing Team".

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

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

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Dominant New Zealand seal America's Cup success