Although Alinghi retained the Cup with 5 wins to 2 losses this will go down as one of the most exciting sailing competitions ever. Team New Zealand incurred the only penalty in the series and was forced to sail a 360 degree turn at the finish line and ended up losing by 1 second!
With all of the nostalgia for the old days of America’s Cup races off the coast of Newport, RI, the 32nd series turned out to be one of the most exciting of all time. It could have easily stretched out to nine races and either team was capable of winning. There has been a lot of discussion about Alinghi being a faster boat but in the end, it came down to teamwork, strategy and execution.
Enjoy this video recap.