New Zealand remains the oldest sports cup in the world

Emirates Airline New Zealand defended the championship title after defeating Italian rival Luna Rossa 7-3 in the 36th North American Cup Final.

New Zealand team Emirates UAE New Zealand Rehutai (Falcon) His ship, named after him, won the 36th American Cup off the coast of Auckland on March 17, 2021 (Photo: Emirates Airline New Zealand Team)

In the Auckland final, the New Zealanders led 6-3 after Tuesday’s race against the Luna Rossa Challenge, so they needed only one win to win. They got it on Wednesday’s race: Their boat called the T-Rehutai (Falcon) Twice Olympic champion Peter Burling finally defeated his opponent by 46 seconds.

The now four-time winner, Team New Zealand, took first place at the top of the oldest championship series in 1995 and then defended their title in 2000, with a 5–0 win over the Italians. Four years ago, the New Zealanders regained the trophy with the US Oracle team 7-1 against the USA.

In general, the Italians managed to climb into the water a third time for the silver “teapot” known as the Auld Mug, but they always failed.

European success was only twice in the history of the battle that lasted 170 years: in 2003 and 2007, the Swiss Allenge, led by Ernesto Bertarelli, won.

In this year’s series, partly due to the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, only three competitors participated in the race, with the Italians starting with the INEOS UK team UK and American Magic, but were eliminated in the qualifiers.

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