Amer­ica’s Cup is won by Ki­wis in a 7-1 rout

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

Re­demp­tion for a gutty crew of five New Zealan­ders and one Aus­tralian was reached on the turquoise wa­ters of Ber­muda’s Great Sound, four years and 3,000 miles re­moved from one of the most bru­tal col­lapses in sports.

With a mix­ture of in­ge­nu­ity and na­tional pride, Emi­rates Team New Zealand got back up af­ter tak­ing a gut punch for the ages, came to the Ber­muda Tri­an­gle and ripped the Amer­ica’s Cup right out of tech ty­coon Larry El­li­son’s hands.

“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 a 7-1 rout of two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Or­a­cle Team USA.

Burl­ing, 26, is the youngest helmsman to win sail­ing’s great­est prize in a com­pe­ti­tion that dates to 1851.

The only non-Kiwi on the crew is Glenn Ashby ,a 39-year-old Aus­tralian, mul­ti­hull wiz and Olympic sil­ver medal­ist who serves as skip­per and con­trols the space-age wing­sail with an Xbox-like de­vice.

There were no Amer­i­cans on Or­a­cle Team USA’s crew, which in­cluded five Aus­tralians and one from An­tigua.

It was sweet atone­ment for the Ki­wis. In 2013 on San Fran­cisco Bay, Team New Zealand, then led by Dean Barker, reached match point at 8-1. Or­a­cle then staged one of the big­gest come­backs in sports, win­ning eight straight races to re­tain the Auld Mug.

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