After one month of competition, the America’s Cup 2017 ended with a triumphant win for Emirates Team New Zealand. The world’s famous boat event compiled five different regattas on the island of Bermuda, for its 35th edition. VHR’s Yacht Blog looks back on a breath-taking month of racing.
The America’s Cup is one of the oldest and most prestigious sporting trophies. Starting in 1851, the “Auld Mug” always welcomed the most skilled skipper sailing on the most esteemed boats. Throughout the years, sails have evolved but the competition remains the same; for example, yacht’s now range from yesterday’s classic J-Class to modern catamarans.
For its 35th edition, the event reunited five different races - starting with the traditional Louis Vuitton Cup composing of AC45F catamarans, what shortly followed was the Red Bull youth, also on AC45F catamarans. Simultaneously, on the other side of the Island, the Superyacht and J-Class regattas were finishing up finale’s.
After the Land Rover BAR team won the America’s Cup World Series, everybody was waiting to see who would oppose the defender Oracle Team USA.
For the Challenger’s Semi-Final, Kiwis kept high standards by defeating Land Rover BAR, ending at 5 victories against 2. The real challenge was on the other side of the board: who would win between SoftBank Japan or Artemis Sweden and who would have to compete against Emirate Team New Zealand?
The major challenge occurred on June 8th - Artemis managed to inflict 3 victories in a row on Japan even though they were leading by 3-to-1. The following day the two sails came to a close call after a very tight race, however, it was Artemis that sailed to the final.
Nevertheless, it was Emirates Team New Zealand that raced straight to victory.
The eagerly anticipated race between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand finally arrived. The rivalry between the two sails dates back to 1988 when USA and New Zealand competed against each other for the “Auld Mug” for the first time.
2013’s America’s Cup edition marked an impressive result for Oracle Team USA, however, Team New Zealand prepared for a come-back like no-one else.
The first of many innovations to their sail was their grinder system; they replaced the traditional with modern biking grinding equipment. On top of that, the New Zealand syndicate hired a brand-new team of Olympic athletes to follow through with the technology (skipper Peter Burling and his mate Blair Tuke). Both Olympian athletes won gold medals and Yachting New Zealand Sailor of the Year which symbolised New Zealand’s sailing success.
Congratulations to Emirates Team New Zealand for this great victory. Thanks to all of the team for this year’s amazing America’s Cup!
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