Team New Zealand won 36th placee America’s Cup, retained the legendary Ewer silver thanks to her decisive seventh victory over Italian challenger Luna Rossa in Auckland.
The Kiwis, who initially led 3-2, have racked up five straight wins since Saturday to finally win 7-3 and give New Zealand a fourth crown in one of the world’s oldest sports competitions. “It’s totally unrealistic, it’s a huge satisfaction for the team”New Zealand Coxwin said Peter Berlin immediately after the win.
The New Zealanders had hoped to finish the match on Tuesday, but a turn in the wind prompted organizers to postpone the 10th round by a day. And on Wednesday, Luna Rossa didn’t seem capable of threatening New Zealand’s supremacy, as Team New Zealand finally crossed the finish line with 46 seconds ahead.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand was quick to congratulate her citizens who are, after the United States, the second most successful nation at this prestigious event since their 1995, 2000 and 2017 victories.
“Team New Zealand makes us very proud once again by qualifying for the America’s Cup in the New Zealand Cup”Jacinda Ardern said in a statement.