America's Cup: Team New Zealand gains revenge over Oracle Team U
- Author: Aubrey Nash Jun 27, 2017,
Jun 27, 2017, 0:40
Grant Dalton couldn't resist making a wee joke at the expense of great rival Sir Russell Coutts during Team New Zealand's victory press conference today.
Notably, this was not the first time New Zealand held a large lead over the United States.
The dismantling was so thorough that America's captain, Jimmy Spithill, didn't rule out the possibility of stepping down as skipper during the series.
At gate four, the New Zealanders were 35 seconds ahead by but by the next gate that was cut to 26 seconds after a slightly sloppy gate entry from Peter Burling.
The final was a repeat of the last time the trophy was contested in 2013, when US came from 8-1 down to win 9-8.
The result would have been particulatly sweet for Team NZ skipper Glenn Ashby, the only surviving crew member from that San Francisco collapse.
New Zealand is threatening to become a new superpower in the yachting world, as this marks Burling's first appearance as skipper for them.
Team New Zealand started this match with a negative point because Oracle won the qualifiers, forcing the Kiwis to win eight races to return the Auld Mug to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland for the first time since 2003.
Four years ago and poised on match point at 8-1, the Kiwis' seemingly impregnable lead shrank day by day until the Larry Ellison-bankrolled Americans completed one of sport's greatest comebacks.
It did seem the US had found some extra speed when the teams split two races on Saturday, but the writing was on the wall after Burling and his crew out-sailed the U.S. in two dominant victories on Sunday. A cyclor for New Zealand, Andy Maloney, has taken note of this simple fact.
"It's been three years of hard work from so many people in this team and this exactly what we came here for".
Peter Burling steered Team New Zealand to victory in the 35th America's Cup on Tuesday completing a 7-1 win over Oracle Team USA.
Team New Zealand's Blair Tuke, left, and Peter Burling after this morning's win in Bermuda.
Victory in the America's Cup has seen Emirates Team New Zealand continue a fine tradition of reaching every America's Cup contest since 1995.
Beaten to the first mark by Team USA, New Zealand seized the lead on the second leg and sailed confidently on to win by almost a minute.