Aussie Cup hero Spithill nabs Italian job

Aussie Cup hero Spithill nabs Italian job

Now competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, Tuke wouldn't say whether or not he and Olympic partner Peter Burling would be looking to defend their gold medal in Tokyo in 2020, however he hinted that the America's Cup was a high priority for the duo.

Two-time America's Cup victor Jimmy Spithill has joined Italian syndicate Luna Rossa ahead of the next regatta in Auckland in 2021, the team announced March 14.

Having won the America's Cup with Oracle in 2010, the Australian skipper broke the hearts of Team New Zealand three years later when he engineered a phenomenal fightback in San Francisco to successfully defend the Auld Mug.

Twice America's Cup winning skipper Jimmy Spithill says the lure of Italy and the challenge of sailing a cutting-edge monohull "beast" were behind his decision to return to the competition with Luna Rossa Challenge.

Spithill skippered Oracle Team USA to consecutive landmark America's Cup victories.

Team New Zealand duo Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have welcomed the chance to again lock horns with Jimmy Spithill when they defend the America's Cup in 2021.

With the 2021 regatta likely to be held in Auckland, Tuke told the New Zealand Herald he thought Spithill's involvement would be good for the event.

"With his huge sports and technical experience on high-performance sailing boats, Jimmy brings additional strength to team Luna Rossa", the team said.

However, the New Zealanders turned the tables in Bermuda past year and won 7-1, giving them the right to host the next regatta.

"Kiwis love to hate him".

"We have a really strong relationship with Luna Rossa and it goes back in history now, and particularly now with them as challenger of record for the next Cup, that relationship has only got stronger". "Personality aside, he's a good sailor so that'll be good for that team and he'll take a lot to Luna Rossa".

"I think it's a good signing by Luna Rossa because you're buying in a hell of a lot of knowledge in terms of how the America's Cup game is played".

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