Dead calm hits town after Oracle's win
Dead calm hits town after Team NZ goes downBY MATHEW GROCOTT
Oracle's victory in the America' Cup was met with polite applause at Toyota HQ in Palmerston North this morning.
When Team New Zealand crossed the line 44 seconds later there was a much more enthusiastic response with many of the 70 or so spectators rising to their feet to pay respect to the team.
However it was not the result the Toyota staff wanted as Oracle completed their remarkable America's Cup comeback to keep the Auld Mug today.
A march that seemed impossible and then inevitable was rounded off in style in San Francisco, Oracle coming from 1-8 down to win the series 9-8.
Toyota head of marketing Neeraj Lala said Team NZ had given it their all but the difference had come down to technology and resources.
"It's a technology and horsepower game and that's what we've seen today. We saw the night of a technology rock star in Oracle. For them to pick themselves up from 8-1 down is a remarkable effort.
"Even with the technology and the resources you still you still have to
sail the boat well."
He said New Zealanders should be proud of Team NZ and the effort they had put in of and off of the water.
Staff at Toyota's Palmerston North offices have been watching the sailing every morning with about 70 people following today's race. They applauded and cheered as Team NZ took an early advantage in the race.
When Oracle took the lead on leg 3 there were groans from some supporters and cries of "come on Kiwi". The crowd became more subdued as the race went on with faint applause when Oracle crossed the finish line.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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