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.

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