It was thrilling to watch our Emirates Team New Zealand team improve in every race and then win the America’s Cup. I am aware that it was once again a huge team effort and there were many behind the scenes and back in the shed who worked very hard to achieve such a comprehensive victory.
I was able to watch all 10 races, however the race that will be most memorable for me is not the final race, where we finished 45 seconds ahead of Luna Rossa, but race number 8. If you remember, in that race we were neck and neck with Luna Rossa until we fell off the foils and all but stopped as Luna Rossa sailed off into the distance. I was convinced that it was all over. How could we come back from being over 2 000m behind? But just when things looked so promising for Luna Rossa, they too fell off their foils and struggled to get up in light wind. By this stage we were up and flying. Team N.Z. did not give up. They persisted and would not give up. Eventually we reeled Luna Rossa in and passed them, going on to win race 8 by 4 minutes.
This race to me is a lifelong lesson not to give up, but to persist, persevere and stay focused even when all the odds are against us.
Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.