Emirates Team New Zealand win the 36th America's Cup
The oldest international sports competition in the world, in its 36th edition, got a new-old winner. Emirates Team New Zealand defeated Italian Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli 7-3, which for them and the yacht club they represent - New Zealand Yacht Squadron - the fourth overall victory of the America's Cup, after 1995, 2000 and 2017, with which they broke into the second place of the eternal ranking of America's Cup, ahead of the San Diego Yacht Club, which has won three titles, while it is unattainable in the first place of the New York Yacht Club with a total of 25 titles won.
In the last 10 races, the home team dominated from the start, reaching the finish line with a 46-second advantage over the Italians, who were in a more probable position with a 3-2 lead after the first five matches, but the New Zealand team then won five times in a row confirming that they deserved to raise the Auld Mug high in the air. A spectacular achievement for a New Zealand crew that has once again confirmed that a country with five million people located in the southern hemisphere can strike far above its weight.
"When we see who we got messages of support from, from the Prime Minister to the schoolchildren, then we realize how much this victory means to all 'kiwis'. We are delighted with what we have achieved as a team," said Team New Zealand skipper Peter Burling. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also reacted in the same tone.
"Team New Zealand has once again made us all proud by retaining the America's Cup title. We want to do it all again in 2023, the government has already decided to support a successful team."