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Sailing-Mission accomplished: New Zealand plan brings America’s Cup revenge

This was a typically bold move by Ashby as Jones was part of the Oracle Team USA team which inflicted one of the most painful sporting defeats on New Zealand, overturning an 8-1 Kiwi lead and going on to win 9-8 in San Francisco in 2013.Team New Zealand started 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.”A few years ago, it was absolutely brutal for the team, and it was a hard pill to swallow”, said the 39-year-old New Zealand skipper, the lone survivor from the 2013 debacle.Redemption was sweet and emphatic as Emirates Team New Zealand trounced holder Oracle Team USA to regain the America’s Cup on Bermuda’s Great Sound.As for the future of the competition, “They earned and deserve the right to decide that”, Spithill said.David expects to see the level of interest in sailing increase and encouraged any potential new sailors to contact their local yacht club to find out how they can learn to sail.A comfortable victory in the first race of the day secured a 7-1 win to banish bad memories of four years ago and create history in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. “It was a massive push into Rio and then we had about five or six days off after that, on a bit of a roadshow before we got straight on a plane back to another Cup event”, said Burling.New Zealand was on a clear mission to wipe out the pain inflicted in 2013, when the USA overcame a 8-1 deficit to take claim the America’s Cup with a 9-8 victory.”They really were a class above in this America’s Cup”.”But full credit to team New Zealand”. The win will boost the country’s exports of boats, marine technology and equipment and attract more superyachts for refits, said Peter Busfield, Executive Director of the New Zealand Marine Industry Association. Team New Zealand sided with the Italians, drawing the ire of organizers and casting it as a lone wolf, a role it embraced.Perhaps it was a metaphor for what’s ahead for the scrappy Kiwis, who almost folded after their nightmarish collapse in 2013 but rebounded to yank the oldest trophy in worldwide sports from tech tycoon Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA.There could be two or three American billionaires ready to challenge.Dalton said that some details for the next series, including plans to include a nationality requirement for the crews, would be released within the next few weeks.”I definitely don’t think we’d be here without that heartache from San Francisco, but Bermuda has put on an absolutely incredible event there – the weather has been absolutely ideal”.