Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Looking For Inspiration. A Mater Class Event: Emirates Team New Zealand Win the 35th America's Cup


Emirates Team New Zealand have won the 35th edition of the America’s Cup.
The Kiwi team dominated the final stage of the 35th America’s Cup, winning eight races to Oracle Team USA’s one race win, giving the New Zealanders a final winning scoreline of 7-1.
The America’s Cup was last won by a team representing New Zealand in 2000 and they are now the Defenders of the America’s Cup for the 36th installment of the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport.
In the final press conference of the 35th America’s Cup, Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand, also announced that the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has accepted the challenge of Circolo della Vela Sicilia, who will be the Challenger of Record for the 36th America's Cup and will be represented by Luna Rossa.
Reading the statements of Peter Burling and Glenn Ashby, it is easy to understand the true dimension of this event.
"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.
To be able to win eight races in Beautiful Bermuda in front of a big crowd of our own fans is overwhelming, we’re just happy to be able to share this moment with them, we’re just blown away.
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. However, I’m just a tiny part of a massive team and it is incredible to be able to reward the hard work of those hundreds of people who have supported us, not only here but back home in New Zealand as well
", said Peter Burling, helmsman, Emirates Team New Zealand.
"I’m just so proud to be a part of this team and to be able to bring the Cup home and I want to thank the support of the whole country.
What happened in 2013 was a brutal experience for everyone involved, to be so close was extremely disappointing and is something that will live with all of us for the rest of our lives.
So to be able to come here a few years later and pull off an unbelievable victory has really redeemed that situation for New Zealand and it feels like justice has prevailed.
I think we’ve seen some unbelievable advancements here with the boats and the type of races we’ve seen and it’s great for our sport. From a sailing perspective it’s going to be hard to sail anything else after what we’ve seen in these boats, the technology is just absolutely amazing", said Glenn Ashby, Skipper, Emirates Team New Zealand.
On the other hand, the statements of Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand, define very well the spirit behind major events and as only being faithful to this type of events will have a promising future ahead:
"It is important that we make the next America’s Cup affordable but we also need to remember that it is the America’s Cup and it is one of the top sports and not a little beach regatta. It is never going to be cheap.
It is a fine balance between not making it prohibitively expensive, but not being so cheap that it devalues the competition.
At the core of what we believe, we have to create an event that takes a lot of the good that has happened here, because there been a lot of good here. Just because we didn’t sign the Framework Agreement, that doesn’t mean to say there weren’t elements we didn’t agree with, it was just didn’t agree with every element.
To me it is a privilege to host the America’s Cup. It is not a right and we will put in place rules and an organisation of our own that will do everything to be good enough",

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