TEAM New Zealand boss Grant Dalton admitted his association with the America's Cup may be over after defending champion Oracle Team USA completed the most improbable comeback by winning race 19 and the series off San Francisco yesterday.
Acknowledging the American boat, which included seven Australians in its 11-man crew, headed by skipper Jimmy Spithill and tactician Tom Slingsby, was simply too good, Dalton said he expected he had just made his final attempt to win the 'Auld Mug'.
"It's too early to say," Dalton said. "It will be quite difficult now. I always felt that it would be difficult for the team to stay together, particularly financially. There's probably will there, but I've probably done my time."
After winning the eighth consecutive race to take the series 9-8, Spithill, now a two-time America's Cup winner, paid tribute to his crew who fought back from the abyss.
"It was a fantastic race. We wouldn't have it any other way," Spithill said.
"The guys showed so much heart. On your own you're nothing, but a team like this can make you look great. We were facing the barrel of a gun at 8-1 and the guys didn't even flinch. Thanks to San Francisco, this is one hell of a day."