Sailing: NZ boats dominate Youth America's Cup

New Zealand boats have dominated the inaugural Youth America’s Cup in San Francisco.

The Team New Zealand-Sailing New Zealand joint entry skippered by Peter Burling has won the regatta ahead of another New Zealand boat, Full Metal Racing.

Burling’s boat finished fourth in race seven, enough to win the regatta on 57 points after the double-point race eight was canned due to high winds.

Burling says they have grown as a crew throughout the week.

“I think our results kind of showed that as well, that we’re actually getting a lot better during the racing, and we feel a lot more comfortable sailing together now.

“But yeah, it was just amazing for us to take the win.”

The result comes just over a year after Burling and fellow crew member Blair Tuke won silver at the Olympic Games.

Burling says he’d like to think he’s got a good in with Team New Zealand now, but he is unsure what his cup future will hold.

“Really looking forward to watching the cup over the next few weeks.

“And I think it’s all fully going to depend on who actually wins the America’s Cup and what kind of programme they set for the cup going forward.”

Burling will head to Marseille with Tuke early next week to compete at the world 49er championships, before heading to Hawaii for the moth worlds.


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