Prime Minister John Key summed it up with his post-race tweet - "Bugger. #AmericasCup".
In the wake of Oracle's 44-second win over Emirates Team New Zealand this morning, fans took to the internet to simultaneously vent their frustrations and congratulate the defeated crew.
Key, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, had earlier tweeted this morning that he had changed his programme so he could watch the race. "Come on #ETNZ! Bring that Cup home", he said, complete with picture of him standing next to his television giving the thumbs up.
Others reacted to the race result with a mixture of pride in Team New Zealand's effort, and devastation at the loss.
@HannahNZ tweeted "Our boys deserved the win! #ETNZ you are the real winners!"
Josh Flash Wilson posted on the Emirates Team New Zealand Facebook page "We won where it counts boys. In heart. In manpower. In determination. And we won where it counts most...In the hearts and souls of our proud nation."
Hayden King pointed to New Zealand's strong lead throughout the competition, tweeting "Only NZ would blow a 7 race lead #etnz".
@Hisco5 was of the same opinion - "And #ETNZ essentially had a two race head start. #AmericasCup"
Oracle's superior resources and technology also received a lot of attention online:
Dylan Bland @dylanbland tweeted "Well done Team New Zealand. You gave it your best shot and I don't think you could have done a better job with the resources you had."
Mike Williams @Chipshaker 1m tweeted "The difference between an automatic foiling system and two pie warmers. Says it all really #ETNZ #AmericasCup"
D X V E @designdavenz tweeted "Man it sucks loosing to an autopilot system. #ETNZ" (sic).
Shane Harkness said "The founders would roll in their graves if they knew the cup was won by a yacht which was steered by computers..."
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