From the isolation of the proud Kiwi Nation came a squad that was determined, one that dared to be to different, and the tool they brought to Bermuda was a masterpiece of innovation: from the appendages, the hydraulic controls, the dynamic wing, the intelligent software and, yes, the game-changing cyclers, which allowed them precision trim and on-demand oil. All of this, handled by a young sailing team flush with experience winning at the highest levels, was the complete package.
The fastest boat won, there’s no doubt about it, conceded Spithill, the raw emotions of the defeat noticeable in his voice. “They fully deserved it. They had all the speed.”