Joyous America's Cup presentation crowns Team NZ's glory day

Getting the race win was one thing. Getting the Americas Cup was something else!
The Auld Mug was on the line on Wednesday afternoon and safely back in the hands of Team New Zealand in the evening as the defenders saw off Luna Rossa 7-3 in Auckland.

The fans in the Americas Cup village erupted at the sight of the Kiwi victory and lapped it up again as the Auld Mug was officially presented on the main stage.

Team New Zealand's Peter Burling drinks from the Auld Cup at the prize giving ceremony.

It was mayhem on the water in the aftermath to the triumph and just as crazy on the land as the formalities were completed to end a four-year campaign that ended in such dominant fashion, with building form throughout The Match proving too much for a brave Italian challenge.

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The Viaduct Basins bridge was lowered to get the team - crew and support staff led by skipper Peter Burling and members of the Ngti Whatua ki Orakei - across to the stage from their base.

They gathered in front of the stage and mingled with their Luna Rossa rivals who were presented with their runner-up medals to gracious applause.

You guys deserved it, well done NewZealand, Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena told the crowd.

Thank you New Zealand, this country is amazing. We are so lucky to be here, nice job to keep us safe and lets hope you remain safe.

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Jimmy Spithill applauds the crowd at the America's Cup trophy presentation.

But it was their Team New Zealand sailing heroes the crowd hailed as they were introduced individually.

The champagne moment of Burling being handed the huge and ornate Americas Cup, the oldest trophy in sport, was what everyone was waiting for, and it didnt disappoint as the champion crew acknowledged their adoring fans.

The Auld Mug, usually handled by wearing white gloves, was passed around freely among the crew and their support staff, thrilled to see it stay in their hands.

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Team New Zealand walk across the bridge to receive the Auld Mug after receiving a Maori welcome.

Filled repeatedly with bubbly, it was lapped up, a soaked Burling smiling as he gulped it down.

Thank you for coming out and supporting us in these difficult times, a smiling Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton said.

The ceremony was co-hosted by veteran commentator Peter Montgomery, who will be inducted to the Americas Cup hall of fame in Auckland on Friday night, and French Cup identity Bruno Trouble.

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