Team Emirates NZ win the Americas Cup
It took just 23 minutes this afternoon for Emirates Team New Zealand to win the 35th Americas Cup meaning they will take the Auld Mug, the oldest trophy in world sport back to New Zealand for the first time since 2000.
Once again there wasn’t much of a breeze but both boats got a clean start to the first mark, the US team edging just ahead but then losing ground to their rivals on the run to the second mark.
Once again the 26-year old Burling, his face covered in trademark sun cream, was serene at the helm of the Kiwi boat, displaying no nerves as he steered his team towards glory. Team Oracle’s talisman, Jimmy Spithill, who was under pressure to drop himself, fought valiantly but he but once again had to chase the shadow of the Kiwi boat around the course and ended up 55 seconds behind the new Americas Cup champions as at the finish line.
Spithill, whose upbeat and impressive motivational personality had started to show signs of fading during the last week or so, was left to give a thumbs up to his rival Peter Burling, who not only takes the Auld Mug away from the Aussie, but also the title of the youngest man ever to win the Americas Cup.
I watched on TV in the office and the many hundreds of Kiwi’s, a lot of whom had travelled from their homeland celebrated wildly in the Americas Cup village.