Canada made history by securing its first ever event win in a neck-and-neck showdown against home favorites New Zealand and season leaders Australia at the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix.

In one of the closest Final battles of the season - on the waters of Whakaraupō, Lyttelton Harbour - the Canadians battled fiercely with Peter Burling’s hometown heroes, with close crosses and lead changes throughout.

But Phil Robertson's team - despite falling off the foils and even picking up a boundary penalty in a dramatic encounter - were consistently faster than the Kiwis and crossed the finishing line first to secure the historic victory.