"After New Zealand, they are now the smallest country to challenge for the America's Cup. We know what it is like to be a small team facing long odds in taking on one of the biggest challenges in sport and we wish them the best," Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton said in a statement.
"For me, my job is to support the guys because they're pretty smashed," said Grant Dalton, the managing director of Team New Zealand who also is one of the grinders on the boat. "They're feeling it pretty bad. ... The country is really devastated."