Two finalists, Italian team Luna Rossa and Team Emirates New Zealand, battled out the last races, at times with glimpses of a close race. With Skipper Dean Barker and Team Emirates New Zealand in the lead, and hardly any mechanical failures, they took 4-1 in the finals. According to Luna Rossa Skipper Max Sirena, their team had to count on being perfect for any chances of winning against the kiwis.
Lo and behold, Team Emirates New Zealand took the title and are now holders of the 34th Louis Vuitton Cup. They take on the challenge to race against Team Oracle USA on September 7th. Crowds gathered to view the prize awarded to the team and celebrations continued at a gala dinner held at The Fairmont Hotel.
Since 1983, the Louis Vuitton Cup has been the trophy awarded to the winner of the Challenger Selection Series for the America’s Cup.