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America's Cup win brings relief, elation for New Zealanders

Lucia Summers | 29 June, 2017, 08:59

The New Zealand crew had been on a mission to wipe out the hurt inflicted when an 8-1 lead was overhauled by the USA team.

Peter Burling is looking forward to "a pretty cool few weeks" sharing his America's Cup win with the rest of New Zealand after celebrating the conclusion of a grueling campaign with his opponent Jimmy Spithill in Bermuda.

Busfield said he expects the Cup to help grow the nearly NZ$2 billion marine industry by about 25 percent over the coming years as more people take up sailing domestically and worldwide demand for New Zealand's boating technology grows.

Both teams enjoyed clean starts off the line when racing resumed in the Great Sound of Bermuda, with Oracle Team USA - who defeated their Kiwi rivals in a surprise turnaround for the 34th America's Cup in 2013 - edging ahead before losing ground on the run to the second mark.

Luna Rossa, backed by the Italian luxury goods group Prada, has been chosen as the Challenger of Record for the 36th America's Cup.

Emirates Team New Zealand claimed global sport's oldest trophy with a stunning 7-1 victory in Bermuda's Great Sound, with 26-year-old Peter Burling becoming the youngest helmsman to secure sailing's biggest prize.

Asked if hosting the Americas Cup had paid off for Bermuda, Dr Gibbons gave “a resounding yes”.

Not only was their pace better downwind, they also edged Team USA upwind for speed.

Work is underway for a victory parade for the sailors when they return home.

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Dr Gibbons said there would be details given later this week on further events emerging from the Americas Cup, but took Mr Daltons remarks to be “very positive”.

Peter Burling's side produced an outstanding performance as the 26-year-old became the youngest helmsman to lift the title, sealing the win by 55 seconds in the opening race of Monday's action to lift the "Auld Mug".

There could be two or three American billionaires ready to challenge.

Ellison, the Silicon Valley maverick worth an estimated $62 billion, watched the humbling defeat from a chase boat and later shook hands with his crew. Bertrand skippered Australia II to victory over Dennis Conner in 1983 to end the New York Yacht Club's 132-year winning streak.

The Kiwis atoned for their mind-numbing collapse in 2013, when they blew an 8-1 lead as Oracle won eight straight races in one of the greatest comebacks in sports.

The standout feature was a revolutionary grinding system in which the Kiwis replaced traditional arm power with leg power.

"We need young women athletes to have experience of this process if we want to get women in the America's Cup", Clark told Reuters on the sidelines of the event.

"This time round we had no restrictions on design". They installed four stationary bikes in each hull, with the "cyclors" powering the hydraulic systems used to trim the wingsail and control the daggerboards that are tipped with hydrofoils. "Man, what a a series. they really made fewer mistakes and they fully deserve it".

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