"We're obviously disappointed, but full credit to Team New Zealand".
"It is student teaching the master", said former America's Cup sailor Ken Read.
New Zealand's Peter Burling, 26, becomes the youngest helmsman to win sailing's biggest prize, the oldest competition in global sport. "If we think the team has got a better chance with me off the wheel, no problem", he said when asked whether he would be steering on Monday, after admitting to several mistakes during the racing.
In the final press conference of the 35th America's Cup, Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand, also announced that the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has accepted the challenge of Circolo della Vela Sicilia, who will be the Challenger of Record for the 36th America's Cup and will be represented by Luna Rossa.
Burling, who won Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro previous year in the 49er skiff class with fellow crew member Blair Tuke, has exuded a disarming calm on and off the water and has now won himself a place in yachting history.
"The future of high performance sailing, whether it's the Olympics or America's Cup, is in a great position".
Burling, who at only 26 could also unseat Spithill as the youngest person ever to helm a winning America's Cup team, has exuded a disarming calm on and off the water. "For myself and a lot of the other guys that are with the team this time around, it is a great redemption and just a relief to right the wrongs of the last campaign".
"We're backing Team NZ to bring home the cup and we're proud to light our Sky Tower for such a special event", says John Mortensen, SKYCITY's Group Chief Operating Officer.
Yachts that compete in the America's Cup are now made substantially of carbon fiber composites, including in the "wing" sails, hulls and a variety of other components.
It prompted the reporter from TV New Zealand to question Spithill the reliability of the Oracle software that boasts 1,000 sensors per boat and 40,000 data points per second.
Among the crew was Simon van Velthooven, who won a bronze medal in track cycling at the London Olympics. "I mean, man, what a series", said Spithill, an Australian.