"It's been an awesome journey for us as a team", he said.
"It's going to be a good night".
It was Spithill and the team bankrolled by Oracle founder Larry Ellison who in 2013 turned a 1-8 deficit against New Zealand into a stunning 9-8 victory and a successful defence of the oldest trophy in global sport.
It will help to rid the demons of their 2013 choke, when an 8-1 lead turned into a heartbreaking loss.
Magnums of champagne arrived and Burling and crewman Blair Tuke, who won Olympic gold and silver medals together, sprayed the crew.
With a mixture of ingenuity and national pride, Emirates Team New Zealand got back up after a gut punch for the ages and came to the Bermuda Triangle and ripped the America's Cup right out of tech tycoon Larry Ellison's hands.
"Emirates Team New Zealand have shown the advantage of having young, dynamic people with a massive work ethic and who know how to win".
"To Jimmy and the boys", Ashby added, "it s nice to share it around".
"I definitely don't think we'd be here without the heartache of San Francisco".
They had their struggles upon arrival in Bermuda, including a spectacular capsize in challenger racing that left their shore crew fighting to make repairs and keep them in the competition.
He has also brought a youthful confidence to New Zealand's rejuvenated campaign to regain the "Auld Mug", which Ashby called "this bloody trophy" in his victory speech.
Today, Emirates Team NZ members were reflecting on another ongoing crisis, dating back to their challenger final match against Artemis Racing, when they were caught with the wrong foils for the conditions.
Crowds of New Zealand supporters sporting black tops and waving flags saw their team off as the crew made their way to their boat ahead of the race.
"We're disdappinted right now, but full credit to Team NZ", he offered. "I thought upwind, the boats were a lot more competitive - theboys did a great job tacking - but downwind, they had the speed". "They fully deserve it; hats off to them".
Busfield said the victory will likely have a bigger impact on the industry than Sir Peter Blake's famous win in 1995, which worked to "open the front door" at the time.
Peter Burling, just 26, became the youngest helmsman to win the America's Cup, according to Nick Vindin of the Guardian. Tradition holds that the defenders, in negotiations with a challenger of record, set the rules for the next edition.
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