The America’s Cup parade was recently held in Auckland’s CBD to celebrate Emirates Team New Zealand’s victory in Bermuda.
With the 55 second win in race nine, Team NZ came to a 7-1 victory to end Oracle’s seven-year reign.
It is the first time since 1995 that the America’s Cup has landed on New Zealand shores and fans were excited to welcome the cup home. The rain was pouring down but that didn’t stop an estimated 80,000 kiwi fans who filled the streets of downtown Auckland with flags and homemade signs.
Excitement from the crowd was palpable as the athletes and trophy sailed past, with screams and cheers only getting louder and louder to show support for the ones who contributed to making the cup New Zealand’s cup once again.
Team NZ helmsman Peter Burling says the screaming crowds were “unreal” to come home to. “It’s been a whole heap of hard work for our team and it feels pretty special to bring it home.”
Watch: America’s Cup Victory Parade along Auckland’s waterfront: