New zeal lifts New Zealand to America's Cup win
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Jun 29, 2017,
Jun 29, 2017, 7:24
We're talking about 1995, when the Kiwis won their first America's Cup.
"We're obviously disappointed, but full credit to Team New Zealand".
Team NZ stretched that advantage to 26 seconds upwind, with Oracle splitting to the opposite side of the course, looking for some breeze to blow them back into the contest.
Luna Rossa, backed by the Italian luxury goods group Prada, has been chosen as the Challenger of Record for the 36th America's Cup.
This year New Zealand got revenge after a four-year wait for the 2017 America's Cup race, which began June 17 on Bermuda's Great Sound.
It gave way to muted cheering as New Zealand edged ahead, then the crowd erupted as the hi-tech catamaran swooped toward the finish and TV commentators declared: "There will be no fairytale comeback this time".
The craft for sale include a $60,000 (plus duty) "chase" boat with huge engines able to keep up with the team's winning 50-foot (15-metre) foiling catamaran, which can hit speeds of nearly 50 knots (93 kilometres per hour). There were five Australians and one from Antigua. "They outsailed us and had a better boat. really well done".
He has also brought a youthful confidence to New Zealand's rejuvenated campaign to regain the "Auld Mug", which Ashby called "this bloody trophy" in his victory speech.
Luna Rossa dropped out in 2015 after disagreeing with a mid-course reduction in the size of the catamarans as a cost-cutting measure.
"We have 420 apprentices nationwide, in 190 companies at the moment, so we have a culture of training, and those companies are likely to want more apprentices signing up to build our capability and export even more". All we wanted to focus on was one race at a time.
"We have achieved some quite fantastic things that have been quite revolutionary in the sport".
Innovations included a cycle-powered grinding system providing hydraulic power - an idea that led to a cascade of benefits.
Glenn Ashby with his wife Mel and his parents Lyn and John after he won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
"What a series - they made fewer mistakes and they fully deserve it, so our hats are off to them", he said.