New Zealand have beaten defending champions Team USA to take the 35th America’s Cup -international sport’s oldest trophy.
The Kiwis made sporting history with a stunning 7 -1 victory in Bermuda’s Great Sound, with 26-year-old Peter Burling becoming the youngest helmsman to secure sailing’s biggest prize.
New Zealand won the right to take on the US by beating four other challengers from Britain, France Japan and Sweden using cycling sailors dubbed “cyclors” to provide pedal power to control their catamaran’s vast “wing” sail and hydrofoils.
EmiratesTeamNZ</a> ! The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AmericasCup?src=hash">#AmericasCup</a> is ours again! <a href="https://t.co/OTEi6kz7nX">pic.twitter.com/OTEi6kz7nX</a></p>— Stuff.co.nz News (NZStuff) June 26, 2017
The victors will now decide where, when and in what type of boat the next America’s Cup will be held and there have been questions over whether they will opt for high-octane catamarans, or revert to the monohulls used in previous cups. But for now they are just relishing success.
EmiratesTeamNZ</a>, winners of the 35th America's Cup! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AmericasCup?src=hash">#AmericasCup</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThereIsNoSecond?src=hash">#ThereIsNoSecond</a> 🇳🇿 <a href="https://t.co/mPTT2l7LQe">pic.twitter.com/mPTT2l7LQe</a></p>— America's Cup (americascup) June 26, 2017