It was a celebration time for New Zealand as a crew broke through the 44 years timeline when not a single tournament of the highest honor was on. Also, two sailors from the country helped the race team win one of the most intense and closest races in the history of the Volvo Ocean Racing. This turned to be a difficult decision for the judges to separate between the Marine team from Honda that had won a trophy which was considered as the world championship of racing and the two teammates of the New Zealand race team. They had been presented along with the trophy.
David congratulated both the teams remarking that they were the right people to get the honor and the award. These wins were said to be phenomenal and are considered in as high regards of New Zealand sailors. Many other world champions were crowned, particularly at youth level.
The youth sailors won 9 medals during the World Championships held in 2018. It includes Josh Armit who won a gold medal for the Redial (Laser) in the World Championships which was held in the US. New Zealand has been an emerging power as far as sailing is concerned and it will be interesting to see where this team lands up in the near future and in other similar tournaments.