Kaiko¯ura stop as Auld Mug trav­els NZ

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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.

PHOTO: DAVID WHITE/STUFF

The sil­ver tro­phy stands at more than a me­tre high.

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