Bluff’s cup runneth over
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.