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But it was with his native New Zealand that he first won worldwide sport's oldest trophy in 1995 on "Black Magic".

The America's Cup was first founded in 1851 and was won by the New York Yacht Club.

"The profiling and the credibility of New Zealand-made design, people and equipment worldwide will gain substantially from this".

"We should have most of the team back here by Thursday next week so there'll be parade event and some other activities starting from midday on Thursday", Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED) chief executive Brett O'Reilly says.

Mayor Phil Goff said that "Aucklanders are very proud of what Emirates Team New Zealand have achieved in making the America's Cup New Zealand's cup once again".

Emirates Team New Zealand will get the welcome it deserves next week after winning the America's Cup.

Dalton met secretly at his home with the 26-year-old, who has won Olympic gold and silver medals in the 49er skiff class.

But Mrs Burling says that it was definitely a collective effort that pulled Team New Zealand through against all odds.

Glenn's parents John and Lyn watched the America's Cup on television from their Eppalock home.

The Kiwi team underwent a major shake-up and struggled for cash in the aftermath of the defeat at the hands of the better-funded team backed by Oracle founder Larry Ellison. Team New Zealand sided with the Italians, drawing the ire of organizers and casting it as a lone wolf, a role it embraced.

The Kiwi syndicate was the only challenger that refused to sign a pre-regatta agreement with Oracle that would have dictated terms for the next two editions of the Cup.

It was a gut-wrenching collapse in San Francisco, the Kiwis surrendering an 8-1 lead to Oracle Team USA, although there was never even a whiff of a comeback this time around. "All we wanted to focus on was one race at a time", he said.

"We have achieved some quite incredible things that have been quite revolutionary in the sport". They installed four stationary bikes in each hull, with the "cyclors" powering the hydraulic systems used to trim the wingsail and control the daggerboards that are tipped with hydrofoils.

After all, patrons had gathered at the same club four years previously full of confidence with New Zealand up 8-1 and needing just one more win to claim the Auld Mug.

Oracles spirit had already been broken after back-to-back losses on Sunday, when any realistic chance they had of forcing their way back into the match evaporated, along with the fire in Jimmy Spithills fighting talk.