In photos: Scenes from the 36th America's Cup

The drama, the tension and the highs of international sport's oldest trophy were played out in front of thousands of spectators in Auckland during a thrilling series

author icon By APB Staff | 18 March 2021

All images courtesy America’s Cup Media  

Team New Zealand has retained the America’s Cup, after scoring the seventh point needed to lift the Auld Mug on home turf in Auckland in front of thousands of spectators.

It is the fourth time that New Zealand has won the trophy, which is the oldest in international sport and held every four years. Previous wins came in 1995, 2000 and 2017. The Kiwis beat Italian contenders Luna Rossa 7-3 in the best-of-13 series.

Speaking to the media after the win, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern spoke of the nation’s pride.

“Team New Zealand has once again made us all so proud by retaining the America’s Cup as New Zealand’s cup,” Ardern said. “We want to see it all over again in 2023. The government has already agreed that the successful America’s Cup team will be supported to stay together while it plans its next defence of the Auld Mug.”

Relive some of the most inspiring moments of the contest in the slideshow above.

Read more about the conclusion of the 36th America’s Cup here