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

Spithill was 30 when he steered the U.S. to victory in 2010, and he propelled their remarkable comeback from 1-8 down to a 9-8 triumph over New Zealand four years ago.

Magnums of champagne arrived and Burling and crewman Blair Tuke, who won Olympic gold and silver medals together, sprayed the crew.

The result would have been particulatly sweet for Team NZ skipper Glenn Ashby, the only surviving crew member from that San Francisco collapse. "To come through and win this bloody trophy after four years of hard work, it's a big win for the team".

"Every single person at Team New Zealand has worked so hard for so long to achieve this and it's just an wonderful team effort".

"To Jimmy and the boys", Ashby added, "it's nice to share it around".

Peter Burling says he's "blown away" by Team New Zealand's achievement.

"It's hugely emotional for Kiwis", Mack Dalton, son of the New Zealand chief executive Grant Dalton, said.

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The New Zealand crew have been on a mission to wipe out the hurt inflicted on the sports-mad country by the Americans, who in 2013 turned an 8-1 deficit against New Zealand into a 9-8 victory.

The billionaire Oracle founder was on the water to watch and came ashore afterwards, dressed in Oracle Team USA kit, to greet both teams after a fascinating battle of wills and technology.

Many have put New Zealand's triumph down to the revolutionary "cycling" system developed to power the hydraulics needed to control the catamaran's foils, which lift it out of the water, and the vast "wing" sail which drives it along. What resulted was a ideal storm that has left the sailing world with one of the biggest shockers since the turn of the century.

"What a series. [They] made fewer mistakes and they fully deserve it, so our hats are off to them".

New Zealand claimed the Cup for the third time, after victories with Black Magic in 1995 and 2000.

Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling crosses the boat in race nine against Oracle Team USA during America's Cup sailing competition Monday, June 26, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda. Tradition holds that the defenders, in negotiations with a challenger of record, set the rules for the next edition. A cyclor for New Zealand, Andy Maloney, has taken note of this simple fact.

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