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New Zealand promises to do 'right thing' with America's Cup

New Zealand promises to do 'right thing' with America's Cup

Olympic Silver medallist in 2008, 15 time World Champion across three multihull classes including eight in the A-class, 10 time Australian A Class champion and now dual America's Cup victor - 2010 as head coach of BMW Oracle beating Alinghi and now as skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand against Oracle Team USA in Bermuda - for Glenn Ashby, that's quite an achievement!

New Zealand's Murray Jones may be ready to call it a day on America's Cup campaigns after scoring a sixth win in Bermuda as performance coach for Emirates Team New Zealand.

Reflecting on what had changed in the years since he first lifted the most coveted prize in sailing, Jones said the biggest transformation was in the type of boats and the “really” complex systems now involved in their electronics and hydraulics.

The America's Cup, named after the schooner "America" which won it in 1851 off the south coast of England, has only been held by four countries so far, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland.

New Zealand won the first five races before losing a single stage on Saturday.

"It's absolutely been an incredible journey for us as a team and personally that feeling of relief, I guess, right at the moment and huge satisfaction as a fantastic group of people and fantastic team", Ashby said.

New Zealand flew to the edge of America's Cup victory over the U.S. yesterday, going 6-1 ahead in the first-to-seven final and setting themselves up to exorcise the ghost of losing in San Francisco in 2013.

Meanwhile, Italy's Luna Rossa has been chosen as the Challenger of Record for the 36th America's Cup, Team New Zealand said.




Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill answers questions during a press conference following his team's America's Cup loss to Emirates Team New Zealand in sailing competition Monday, June 26, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Burling, who won Rio Olympic gold past year in the 49er skiff class with fellow crew member Blair Tuke, has exuded a disarming calm and has now won a place in yachting history.

“In the end we werent that much faster than Oracle, but we had developed other systems on our boat that made it easier to race or do manoeuvres that they couldnt and that was significant in the end, ” Jones added.

"A few years ago, it was absolutely brutal for the team, and it was a hard pill to swallow", Ashby said.

New Zealand had the defenders on the run since the final series opened more than a week earlier.

Dalton and skipper Glenn Ashby, the only surviving member of the 2013 San Francisco "shipwreck", worked together to come up with a plan that would be bold, different and revolutionary. We were not so keen for the America's Cup sailors to come out and see our backyard operation at that point.

This included the decision to employ "cyclors", sailors who pedal to provide the hydraulic power needed to drive the boat, rather than traditional "grinders", who use their arms.


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