Kaiko¯ura stop as Auld Mug travels NZ
Kaiko¯ura will get a chance to see the America’s Cup on its journey around New Zealand.
The cup will make a flying visit from Christchurch for a public viewing at Churchill Park on Saturday, escorted by team members.
Victory in the 35th America’s Cup this year, under the helm of 26-year-old Peter Burling put the ’Auld Mug’ firmly back in the hands of New Zealand sailors.
‘‘The adversity the people of Edgecumbe and Kaiko¯ura hasn't gone unnoticed by the team.’’
It took 17 years for New Zealand to lay hands again on the oldest sporting trophy in the world after first winning the America’s Cup in 1995, and successfully defending it in 2000.
Emirates Team New Zealand chief executive Grant Dalton says giving everyone a chance to see the cup has been very important to the team since winning it, especially visiting Edgecumbe and Kaiko¯ura to bring inspiration to people battling hard to recover from floods and earthquakes.
‘‘While we have been caught in our bubble of immense work and pressure of winning the America’s Cup, the adversity the people of Edgecumbe and Kaiko¯ura hasn’t gone unnoticed by the team, and we hope by taking the America’s Cup to them is a small thing we can do to help them on their road to recovery,’’ Dalton says.
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is hoping as many people as possible will get the chance to see the trophy, which might attract a new generation of young Kiwis into the sport.
‘‘We really felt the support from everyone in New Zealand when we were in Bermuda and we want to repay that support by getting it to as many people as possible, and encourage the next generation to take the sport up and continue the strong legacy of sailing in New Zealand,’’ Dalton says.
The tour also stops off in Picton on Thursday and Christchurch’s Pleasant Point Yacht Club.
The America’s Cup will be at Churchill Park, in Kaiko¯ura, on Saturday for public viewing from 1.15pm to 2.15pm.
The silver trophy stands at more than a metre high.