Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand squad has earned a rematch against Oracle Team USA for the 35th America’s Cup, after a convincing victory over Artemis Racing in the final match of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.
However, Peter Burling wasn’t on that team. In fact, the only holdover on the Kiwi starting crew is wing trimmer and skipper, Glenn Ashby. The 2017 Emirates Team New Zealand doesn’t appear to be scarred from that experience.
“I think the lessons we learned out of San Francisco has made us stronger going forwards,” Ashby said at the post-race press conference. “The team has been re-built from the ground up and what has been created is a stronger unit than we’ve ever seen before. The motivation going forwards is certainly there.”
The America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, starts on June 17th.