WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS.

Updated 6:53am 27/06: Team New Zealand have only gone and won it! They have beaten Oracle 7-1 to claim the America’s Cup for the first time since 2003. A parade will be held in Auckland to welcome the team home. The 55-second win, sealed by an overall margin of victory of 7-1, also went a long way to erasing the ghosts of 2013 for Team New Zealand.

And Peter Burling is on top of the world. The young Team New Zealand helmsman has expressed immense satisfaction in returning the America’s Cup to Kiwi shores. As he has been throughout the entire regatta in Bermuda, Burling was at the wheel as Team New Zealand crossed the finish line ahead of Oracle to reclaim the Auld Mug on Monday (Tuesday NZ time).

Well thank goodness for that, maybe we could change some rules back now eh boys?

Updated 10:00am 26/06: Team New Zealand have stopped Team USA’s fightback dead in its tracks, responding with back-to-back victories on Sunday (Monday NZ time) to sit just one win away from lifting the America’s Cup.

Trailing 4-0 following five-straight defeats to the Kiwis, Oracle showed new found speed on Saturday to finally get on the board.

While it was only one victory, the result stirred memories of that comeback four years ago.

Team NZ helmsman Peter Burling gives it the thumbs up after winning race eight of the America's Cup final.

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Team NZ helmsman Peter Burling gives it the thumbs up after winning race eight of the America’s Cup final.

However, the current version of Team NZ proved they are made of much sterner stuff, winning race seven by 12 seconds before recording an emphatic 30-second victory in race eight to force match point at 6-1 in the first-to-seven series.

Oracle now find themselves in the exact same position they were in San Francisco and while slightly subdued, skipper Jimmy Spithill was predictably still talking up the prospect of staging another epic fightback.

But with more and more mistakes creeping into their game, and Team NZ continuing to excel in the light conditions, it is hard to see the Kiwis letting go of this one.

They produced a flawless display in race eight, recording 100 per cent flytime after Peter Burling ran circles around Spithill in the startbox to leave Oracle on the ropes.

35th America’s Cup match
Race 7: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Oracle Team USA by 12 secs
Race 8: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Oracle Team USA
Team New Zealand lead the first-to-seven series 6-1

Update 10:00am 25/06: Team New Zealand aren’t panicked by their recent loss against the Oracle today. With Race five in the bag they were ready for a repeat in Race 6, but with minor penalties conceded they lost out to the Oracle. Coach Murray Jones said he was confident his crew would learn from their mistakes. Coming off the five-day break, Oracle showed a heap of improvement in their speed and handling. However, Team NZ gifted the result to the defenders through their own errors.

Update 11:37am 23/06: Team New Zealand are currently in the lead of the Americas cup having 3 points to nil. They are resting with a four day break but will be back, fighting fit on Sunday 5am NZT ready to verse the Oracle again.

The Oracle supremo Sir Russell Coutts has spoken to German magazine Yacht saying the finals are unevenly matched in Emirate’s favour.  With Emirates leading the defenders 3-0 in the race to seven wins, Coutts said, “We have seen so many exciting races in the Challenger Playoffs, it is unfortunate that this is not the case in the finals.”

 Teams:

Defender: Oracle Team USA

Challengers: Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand (Click for team breakdown), Groupama Team France, Land Rover BAR and SoftBank Team Japan

Race schedule & Results:

Race 1 – 17th June:

  1. Oracle Team USA
  2. Artemis Racing
  3. Land Rover BAR
  4. Soft Bank Team Japan
  5. Emirates Team New Zealand
  6. Groupama Team France

Race 2 – 17th June:

  1. Artemis Racing
  2. Emirates Team New Zealand
  3. Oracle Team USA
  4. Softbank Team Japan
  5. Groupama Team Japan
  6. Land Rover BAR

Race 3 – 18th June:

  1. Emirates Team New Zealand
  2. Land Rover BAR
  3. Softbank Team Japan
  4. Artemis Racing
  5. Oracle Team USA
  6. Groupama Team France

Race 4 – 18th June:

  1. Emirates Team New Zealand
  2. Oracle Team USA

Race 5 – 25th June:

  1. Emirates Team New Zealand
  2. Oracle Team USA

Race 6 – 25th June:

  1. Oracle Team USA
  2. Emirates Team New Zealand

Race 7 – 26th June:

  1. Emirates Team New Zealand (Winning by 12 seconds!)
  2. Oracle Team USA

Race 8 – 26th June:

  1. Emirates Team New Zealand.
  2. Oracle Team USA

Race 9 – 27th June:
TEAM NEW ZEALAND WINS WITH A 55 SECOND LEAD MEANING THEY TAKE THE AMERICA’S CUP!!