Auld Mug visits Kerikeri
The America’s Cup is due to visit Kerikeri during a tour of the regions.
Kerikeri Cruising Club commodore Doug France says the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron are taking the cup around the regions and it will be on display at the Kerikeri Domain. The event will be held on October 7 from 12-3pm. France says the club is hoping to confirm Emirates Team NZ sailor Andy Maloney - who did a lot of his early sailing at the club - will attend. Kerikeri’s Blair Tuke will not be available as he is overseas competing. Other members of the winning Emirates Team NZ are expected to be at the event.
‘‘It’s a reflection on the good sailors who come from this area and coached by Derry Godbert and others [at the Kerikeri Cruising Club]. It will be a good drawcard for local kids to show them that they can become an America’s Cup sailor.’’
As well as Maloney and Tuke - a number of others from the Far North were part of the America’s Cup winning efforts on Bermuda’s Great Sound on June 27. Opua’s Chris Hornell was involved with on water operations including working as a chase boat driver, mechanic and rescue diver. Waipapa’s Carsten Mueller worked as a hydraulics engineer. It will also be on display at Taipa Sailing Club on October 6, from 5-7pm.
Emirates Team New Zealand’s Chris Hornell from Opua and Team New Zealand chief executive Grant Dalton.