Emirates Team New Zealand achieved the result that the NZ crowd were looking for in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, convincingly beating the Swiss team Alinghi with three consecutive wins on a grey, rainy and windy day on the Waitemata Harbour.
The home team ended up winning 3-1 in the final of the 15-day match racing regatta.
Emirates skipper Dean Barker accepted the silver and crystal Louis Vuitton Pacific Series trophy for his team in a Moët et Chandon, champagne-soaked ceremony watched by hundreds of spectators at the regatta village in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour.
Brad Butterworth the Kiwi skipper and tactician for Alinghi had high praise for the event.
“Its been three weeks of very good sailing here, although obviously we don’t sail very well in the rain,”
“But it has been fantastic. I can’t say that enough. Today was a great day. It was a little hairy for both crews. You really saw how good the crews are. We couldn’t quite close it out today but the sailing and the competition was at a really top level and that’s what we love and that’s what we want to see more of.”
Yves Carcelle, president and CEO of Louis Vuitton Malletier refused to be drawn on whether his company would run a similar event in the future.
“We don’t know for the moment what the future will be but I would like to concentrate on the last two weeks. I think we’ve seen here a fantastic sports series. The teams respected one another in an amazing way. The level of the competition was extraordinary.”
The America’s Cup world now turn their attention back to the New York Court of Appeal to await a decision that will affect the future of the competition.