Jimmy Spithill philosophical after America's Cup hiding: 'That's what's great about sport'

Former Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill has spoken about his feelings after his disastrous America's Cup campaign, that saw his side surrender the Auld Mug to a dominant Team New Zealand in Bermuda earlier this year.

Spithill, 38, was at the helm of Team USA's defence, before Team New Zealand romped to an 8-1 Cup victory, and is now in New Zealand ahead of the start of today's Coastal Classic, where he will sail with Frank Racing.

Speaking to 1 NEWS, Spithill spoke about life post-America's Cup, and what he took away from the defeat.

"You need time to think things through, and I think learn a lot of the lessons, because you have to," he said.

"It's been great really reflecting on it, and a lot to be learned."

"I think that's what's great about sport, campaigns and working with a lot of people is that it's challenging, but you grow personally as well - and that can only come through time and experience."

Spithill was also coy about questions regarding his future.

"You'll have to wait and see," he laughed.

The Oracle Team USA skipper oversaw a disastrous defeat to Team New Zealand in Bermuda. Source: 1 NEWS