Team New Zealand routs Oracle Team USA to win America's Cup

It was Spithill and the team bankrolled by Oracle founder Larry Ellison who in 2013 turned an 1-8 deficit against New Zealand into a 9-8 victory and a successful defense of the oldest trophy in worldwide sport.

"We're on top of the world", helmsman Peter Burling said Monday after steering the Kiwis' incredibly fast 50-foot foiling catamaran to the clinching victory in the 7-1 rout of two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA.

The America's Cup, named after the schooner "America" which won it off the south coast of England in 1851, has only been held by teams from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland.

"Relief to right the wrongs of the last campaign", Ashby said when asked how he felt. We obviously learned a lot from that campaign. "It's David and Goliath".

WELLINGTON, June 27 - The NZ Marine Industry Association's executive director Peter Busfield says a number of builders and suppliers in the industry contributed to both finalists' vessels - Team USA's boat was built by Core Builders of Warkworth and Team NZ's by Southern Spars of Avondale.

"I definitely don't think we'd be here without the heartache of San Francisco".

Team New Zealand has confirmed its intention to hold the next event in Auckland.

"It was a big risk, I guess, but we knew we had to risk in order to ultimately win this America's Cup".

"We clearly just made too many mistakes today. we've got to take this one race at a time now", Spithill said at a media briefing, adding that everything was on the table, including whether he would still be helming Oracle's boat 17.

New Zealand managed to keep the pedal set-up secret until late in the game, training at home and not showing their hand until February of this year when they revealed that Olympic cycling medallist Simon van Velthooven would be on board.

Spithill has more expertise in match racing, the sailing equivalent of a boxing contest, and the benefit of almost two decades of America's Cup experience. While Oracle was able to make a few gains, they ultimately fell behind by 55 seconds giving a comfortable win to Emirates.

At the 34th America's Cup New Zealand went up against Oracle in a devastating 9-8 defeat.

New Zealanders, in their uniform of black shirts and red socks, feted the victors with flags and cheers as Burling, Ashby and the team lifted the ornate silver trophy, which they later paraded triumphantly back to their base.

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