GLENN Ashby is looking forward to some well-earned rest and relaxation before he tackles his next sailing challenge.
The Bendigo sailor recently returned home after the disappointment of Team New Zealand blowing an 8-1 America's Cup lead against the team he coached to victory in 2010 - Oracle Team USA.
The Team NZ wing trimmer said it was a "hard pill to swallow" to give up the Auld Mug after holding what seemed an unassailable lead in the best-of-17 races at San Francisco.
"The Oracle guys basically just got themselves up against the wall and threw heaps and heaps of resources at it," Ashby said.
"They managed to drastically improve the upwind performance of their boat and it made it pretty hard for us.
"There was not a huge amount we could do about it speed-wise, so it was quite frustrating.
"It was a hard pill to swallow being so close but not being able to get over the line."
Bendigo sailor returns home after epic America's Cup battle
Ashby will now take some time off before he likely sets sail for his 15th world title in the A-class world titles in New Zealand in February.
"I'm just going to have a bit of a break and hook the caravan on and some surfboards and some sailboards and just get away with the wife and reconnect with the kids," he said.
Australia's Hamilton Island Yacht Club has been confirmed as the challenger of record for the 35th America's Cup against Golden Gate Yacht Club.