Twenty two year’s after Peter Montgomery celebrated New Zealand’s first America’s Cup win with the words, The America’s Cup is now New Zealand’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand has won the 35th America’s Cup.
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.
They won eight races but the score line of 7-1 reflects the defender’s rule change to make the challengers start with -1.
Peter Burling is only 26 – the youngest helmsman to win the America’s Cup.
The America’s Cup website says Super Sunday belongs to Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand:
It is now Match point Emirates Team New Zealand.
Day four of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, belonged firmly to Peter Burling and the New Zealand team who comfortably won the two scheduled races of the day, races seven and eight of the final stage of the 35th America’s Cup.
Burling and his crew have already won eight races but the rules, set by the defender, meant the challenger started at -1. This gives Team NZ a moral victory already. But rules are rules and they require one more win to take the cup.
Having won race six on Saturday, ORACLE TEAM USA went into the second Sunday of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, looking to gain more ground on their Kiwi rivals, but the New Zealand juggernaut had found its pace again and was unbeatable in similar weather conditions to day three, . .
We can’t forget what happened in San Francisco when Team NZ went from match point to loss, but we didn’t have the Bermulanders on our side then.
Whoever, wins the cup, I’m giving the advertising prize to Toyota for these social media slides:
It’s Emirates Team New Zealand 8 – Oracle Team USA 8.
Oracle has made an amazing come-back.
The pressure on both teams is immense – both need just one more race, both have only one more race.
Kia kaha Team New Zealand – we’re still leaning with you.
It’s now Emirates team NZ 8 – Oracle team USA 6.
That is far too close for comfort.
We’ve been on match point for days.
The prolonging of the regatta is no doubt good for sponsors and people provisioning competitors and spectators.
But it’s not good for national productivity nor is it good for morale.
This time, please, could we win the race, within the permissible time?
The start of today’s first race in the America’s Cup has been delayed because there’s not enough wind.
There’s doubt over whether there will be a second one.
But we need just one race – just one more win.
It’s Emirates Team New Zealand 8 – Oracle Team USA 5.
As the Team NZ Facebook page says: Clear morning, clear heads, clear goal.
Emirates Team NZ 8 – Oracle 3.
We’re leaning, we’re blowing, we’re wishing, we’re hoping. . .