Tuesday, 27 June 2017

"The America's Cup is now New Zealand's Cup."

I'm going to change the subject of the blog today.

It is a great day to be a Kiwi sporting fan today.

Why is that, I hear you ask?

Well, let Peter Montgomery, "The Voice of the America's Cup" tell you why.

"The America's Cup is now New Zealand's Cup. And for only the second time in 144 years, the most illustrious and elusive of prizes in sailing. International sport's oldest prize leaves the United States. This time to a different Down Under, NEW ZEALAND."

Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was in 1995 when Team New Zealand, lead by the late Sir Peter Blake and Sir Russell Coutts won the America's Cup off the coast of San Diego in California, United States of America.

Today it happened again. 14 years after losing the America's Cup to a Swiss entrant, Alinghi, Team New Zealand regained the America's Cup by beating Oracle Team USA by 7 races to 1.

Most New Zealanders are not yachting fans per se but when the America's Cup in on the line, we all become sailing experts and nationalism comes to the fore.

Why not? Kiwis love their sport and to win something as prestigious as the America's Cup deserves that the usually reserved Kiwis come out of their shells and really show their support.

Well, done Team New Zealand. Congratulations. We look forward to you defending the cup, probably in Auckland in a few years time.

You can watch the win by New Zealand by clicking on the following link: https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/94097057/americas-cup-team-new-zealand-beat-oracle-to-reclaim-auld-mug-in-bermuda

"San Diego 1995 and now Bermuda, 2017. Once again, the America's Cup is New Zealand's Cup. History on the Great Sound Bermuda."

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