He also designed the yacht that Italy's Prada Challenge sailed in the 2000 America's Cup match, a five-race loss to Team New Zealand. Team USA needs to win the next 6 races in order to defend the Cup while Team New Zealand only needs to win one more race.
Only one race was required and Team New Zealand have taken out one of the most prestigious titles in world sport in comprehensive style 7-1.
New Zealand flew to the edge of America's Cup victory over the U.S. yesterday, going 6-1 ahead in the first-to-seven final and setting themselves up to exorcise the ghost of losing in San Francisco in 2013.
What's next for the new America's Cup champions?
"He obviously plays a massive part in what we do, but Blair [Tuke] as well, trimming the foil. everyone in the whole team".
"It has also been immensely gratifying for all of the Australian sailing community to watch Jimmy Spithill and the many Australians in his crew, who have done an unbelievable job".
The Americas Cup is coming home to Auckland next week.
Team New Zealand's Australian skipper, Glenn Ashby, has laid to rest the ghosts of 2013 by helping the Kiwis to victory in the America's Cup. "For the sailors and all the other guys who are with the team, it's a great redemption, and I guess a relief to right the wrongs of the last campaign".
Dalton met secretly at his home with the 26-year-old, who has won Olympic gold and silver medals in the 49er skiff class.
"We were obviously pretty focused on getting to that reach mark first today and the boys did a great job there", said Spithill afterwards. "The harder you push it the more likely you are to have a crash", the tall sailor, with his trademark reddish stubble, added.
"Full credit to Team New Zealand".
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.
There could be two or three American billionaires ready to challenge.
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.
If the America's Cup has undergone a revolution in recent years, the restoration of the traditionalists is approaching fast.
"As a fellow athlete and competitor all you can do is really take your hat off and pay respect", said Spithill.
"We had a saying: 'We want to throw the ball out this time as far as we can and see if we can get to it".