Pe­ter Burl­ing Wins Amer­ica’s Cup

Emi­rates Team New Zealand star is the youngest helms­man to win the race

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The Kiwi team dom­i­nated the fi­nal stage of the 35th Amer­ica’s Cup, overcoming de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons OR­A­CLE TEAM USA 7-1 on the Great Sound in Ber­muda. At just 26, Burl­ing now adds the Amer­ica’s Cup to the Red Bull Youth Amer­ica’s Cup tro­phy he won in San Fran­cisco, 2013.

Af­ter wild cel­e­bra­tions on­board their boat Burl­ing said, “We’re just blown away. We came here to win the Amer­ica’s Cup and right now we’re tak­ing the Amer­ica’s Cup back home to New Zealand. I’ve grown up watch­ing this com­pe­ti­tion as a fan and to be a Kiwi and tak­ing this Cup home is a dream come true. To be able to win this event at such a young age is an un­real feel­ing.”

The fi­nal race started with both Emi­rates

Team New Zealand and OR­A­CLE TEAM USA en­joy­ing clean starts and en­gaged in a drag race to the first mark, the US team edg­ing just ahead but then los­ing ground to their ri­vals on the run to the sec­ond mark.

Burl­ing was serene at the helm of the Kiwi boat, dis­play­ing no nerves as he steered his team to­wards glory, but Sp­ithill and the OR­A­CLE TEAM USA crew were not giv­ing up, push­ing harder than ever to try and spark an­other memo­rial come­back sim­i­lar to four years ago.

They man­aged to peg back their ri­vals slightly in the lat­ter stages of the race, but New Zealand sealed their win in im­pres­sive style, cross­ing the fin­ish line for the fi­nal time 55 sec­onds ahead of the US team.

OR­A­CLE TEAM USA skip­per, Sp­ithill, said: “They sailed bet­ter than any­one else out here and so, rightly so, they are the 35th Amer­ica’s Cup cham­pi­ons. With hind­sight there are a lot of things you would like to change but I think it’s far too early to say what might have gone wrong.“

Emi­rates Team New Zealand dur­ing the award cer­e­mony

Emi­rates Team New Zealand skip­pered by Pe­ter Burl­ing cel­e­brate dur­ing the award cer­e­mony at the 35th

Louis Vuit­ton Amer­ica’s Cup

Emi­rates Team New Zealand

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