Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by the 2013 Red Bull Youth America's cup winner Peter Burling wins the 35th Louis Vuitton America’s Cup in Hamilton, Bermuda on June 26, 2017
Oracle Team USA compete against Emirates Team New Zealand during the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Match in Hamilton, Bermuda on June 26, 2017
Oracle Team USA skippered by Jimmy Spithill react after Emirates Team New Zealand won the 35th Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Match in Hamilton, Bermuda on June 26, 2017
35th AMERICA’S CUP
PETER BURLING WINS THE 35th AMERICA’S CUP
Another dominant race win for Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand in race nine of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, gave the Kiwi team victory on the Great Sound in Bermuda, sparking wild celebrations on board their America’s Cup Class boat, and the team’s support boats on the Great Sound. Burling now adds the 35th America’s Cup to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup trophy he won in San Francisco, 2013.
BERMUDA – The Kiwi team dominated the final stage of the 35th America’s Cup, winning eight races to ORACLE TEAM USA’s one race win, giving the New Zealanders a final winning scoreline of 7-1.
Peter Burling, helmsman, Emirates Team New Zealand: “We’re just blown away. We came here to win the America’s Cup and right now we’re taking the America’s Cup back home to New Zealand. I’ve grown up watching this competition as a fan and to be a Kiwi and taking this Cup home is a dream come true. To be able to win this event at such a young age is an unreal feeling.
Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, ORACLE TEAM USA: “They sailed better than anyone else out here and so, rightly so, they are the 35th America’s Cup champions. With hindsight there are a lot of things you would like to change but I think it’s far too early to say what might have gone wrong.“
Race nine started with both Emirates Team New Zealand and ORACLE TEAM USA enjoying clean starts and engaged in a drag race to the first mark, the US team edging just ahead but then losing ground to their rivals on the run to the second mark.
Burling was serene at the helm of the Kiwi boat, displaying no nerves as he steered his team towards glory, but Spithill and the ORACLE TEAM USA crew were not giving up, pushing harder than ever to try and take the tie to race ten. However, it was not to be.
By the third mark the Challenge’s lead was up to 26 seconds, increasing further still at the fourth mark, up to 34 seconds, and from that point, barring mistakes by Burling and his all-conquering Emirates Team New Zealand crew, the die was cast.
ORACLE TEAM USA managed to peg back their rivals slightly in the latter stages of the race, but New Zealand sealed their win in impressive style, crossing the finish line for the final time in the 35th America’s Cup 55 seconds ahead of the US team.
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