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The day a nation stopped: The 21 greatest America's Cup moments - ranked

The New Zealand Herald counts down the 21 greatest moments in America's Cup history. Photos / David White, Richard Robinson, ACEA, Photosport

For those who experienced it, no one will ever forget where they were when the news came through in 1995; New Zealand had won the America's Cup.

It was bigger than the 1987 Rugby World Cup — and arguably even more meaningful than the 2011 triumph on home soil. This actually stopped a nation.

During the regatta many Kiwis were getting to work late after watching the morning action live on Television One, and 92 per cent of New Zealand's population tuned into the blanket coverage of the final race and the extended celebrations that followed.

New Zealand celebrated for