Bluff’s cup run­neth over

The Southland Times - - FRONT PAGE - TIM NEWMAN

The Amer­ica’s Cup is set to be­come Bluff’s Cup, if only for an af­ter­noon.

The Bluff Yacht Club is go­ing to be the fi­nal stop on the South Is­land leg of Emi­rates Team New Zealand’s pro­vin­cial tour.

Both Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron will visit Bluff on Oc­to­ber 17, with the Auld Mug in tow. From 5pm to 6.30pm, lo­cals will have the op­por­tu­nity to get a photo with the tro­phy.

Bluff Yacht Club com­modore An­ders Jagvik said it was a great op­por­tu­nity for Bluff.

‘‘You’ve got the feel-good fac­tor, and just the mys­tique and his­tory around the Amer­ica’s Cup.

‘‘Hav­ing it stay in this grass-roots fa­cil­ity, to think it could come here is so far-fetched – but it’s hap­pen­ing.’’

Jagvik said there would be two sailors from Team New Zealand ac­com­pa­ny­ing the tro­phy, along with two mem­bers of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Club mem­ber Craig Smith said it was some­thing for South­landers to savour.

‘‘I doubt it will hap­pen again in our life­times.

‘‘It’s never been to Bluff be­fore, so for us it’s huge.

‘‘It’s ap­pro­pri­ate though, be­cause it’s places like this where sail­ing starts for all of those peo­ple in­volved [in the Amer­ica’s Cup].’’

Jagvik said the club was cur­rently or­gan­is­ing other ac­tiv­i­ties to co­in­cide with the visit, but would re­veal them in the com­ing weeks.

At this point in time, the club is plan­ning to hold a fundrais­ing gala din­ner in Bluff for mem­bers of the yacht­ing fra­ter­nity.

The cup will also be pass­ing through In­ver­cargill dur­ing the late af­ter­noon on Oc­to­ber 17.

The In­ver­cargill City Coun­cil is plan­ning to mark the oc­ca­sion as well, with de­tails to be re­leased by coun­cil closer to the date.

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