America’s Cup: World reaction to Team NZ win

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Dominant was the buzz word used to describe Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup victory by the world media.

Team New Zealand celebrate winning the America's Cup, Race 10, Day 7 of the America's Cup presented by Prada.

Team New Zealand hold up the national flag after winning the 36th America’s Cup. Photo: Photosport

Team New Zealand retained the America’s Cup on Wednesday, beating challengers Luna Rossa by 46 seconds in race 10 to win the best-of-13 series 7-3.

UK public broadcaster the BBC said: “TNZ retained the Auld Mug, international sport’s oldest trophy, with a dominant display in the best-of-13 series.”

The Guardian described race 10 as a procession, “as TNZ’s superior speed left the Italians praying for a mistake from the defender.

“There was no late twist, however, as TNZ rounded the final gate 49 seconds before the challenger and crossed the line in 26 minutes and eight seconds, triggering partying on spectator boats and among fans crowded on the foreshore.”

American network CNN said: “Italy, which has now had a team lose in three finals, was simply outclassed by its opponents and the superior ‘Te Rehutai’ yacht.”


Sky Sports UK described Team New Zealand as ‘the All Blacks of the sea’ following the win.

“The AC75 class of boat had not been seen before, it is at the cutting-edge of technology, and after creating, developing and executing on the greatest sailing stage of them all, a new bar has been set for the America’s Cup,” the broadcaster wrote.

The Associated Press described the scenes of Team New Zealand’s victory as: “a cacophony of horns and sirens from more than 1000 spectator boats and the cheers of tens of thousands of fans who watched from vantage points ashore in Covid-free New Zealand.”

Sailing World had extensive coverage of the final day of the 36th America’s Cup, dedicating three stories to Team New Zealand’s victory.

The website described Team New Zealand as “phenomenal” and said the winners kept their tactics simple in race 10.

“That was the plan – and then Team New Zealand lifted the intensity after the start of Race 10, to take their fifth race in a row and win the 36th America’s Cup.”

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