A dominant Emirates Team New Zealand claimed worldwide sport's oldest trophy by 7-1 in Bermuda's Great Sound, with 26-year-old Peter Burling becoming the youngest helmsman to win sailing's biggest prize.
He had witnessed Team NZ defeated after Team USA came back from 8-1 to win the trophy 9-8, a dark memory that scarred New Zealand.
The underfunded but resourceful Kiwis claimed the oldest trophy in global sports on the Great Sound on Monday, winning Race 9 to clinch the match at 7-1. Oracle then staged one of the biggest comebacks in sports, winning eight straight races to retain the Auld Mug.
The America's Cup may have pitted New Zealand against the might of the United States but it was two Australians who went head to head as the respective skippers in sailing's most prestigious race. "It was a hard pill to swallow", Ashby said. "For myself and a lot of the other guys with the team this time round, it is a great redemption and a relief to right the wrongs of the last campaign". "It's David and Goliath".
"So every time we do a tack or a gybe or whatever, I've just been going "hold on, hold on" and they have".
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"The profiling and the credibility of New Zealand-made design, people and equipment worldwide will gain substantially from this". They've been a class above everyone in the 35th America's Cup and we take our hats off to you.
"We could have raced the next day, but we probably would have got beaten, because we didn't have all our fairings done".
Among the crew was Simon van Velthooven, who won a bronze medal in track cycling at the London Olympics.
Spithill has more expertise in match racing, the sailing equivalent of a boxing contest, and the benefit of almost two decades of America's Cup experience.
An emotional Spithill, aiming to be the first Australian to win three Cups at the helm, paid tribute to the Kiwi effort. While Oracle was able to make a few gains, they ultimately fell behind by 55 seconds giving a comfortable win to Emirates.
An emotional Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill says it's too soon to contemplate his future following his team's defeat in the America's Cup in Bermuda.