The Auld Mug set to meet the Log'o'Wood in Taranaki video

GRANT MATTHEW

Jubilation in New Plymouth as Taranaki are welcomed home with the Ranfurly Shield.

In a rare event one of the world's oldest sporting trophies and one of New Zealand's oldest will be in the same room at the same time.

The America's Cup and Ranfurly Shield will be both on display at the New Plymouth Yacht Club on October 18.

"It's pretty cool to have the two of the oldest trophies, I don't think it's ever been done before," New Plymouth Yacht Club Commodore Jason Holdt said.

Taranaki players Declan O'Donnell, Angus Ta'avao and Reuben O'Neill with the Ranfurly Shield after their game against ...
ANDY JACKSON/STUFF

Taranaki players Declan O'Donnell, Angus Ta'avao and Reuben O'Neill with the Ranfurly Shield after their game against Manawatū on Saturday.

After Team New Zealand won the 'Auld Mug' in the race against Oracle Team USA in Bermuda in June, thousands turned out to victory parades held across the country.

READ MORE:
America's Cup destined for Taranaki
Real estate agent sets up Givealittle page to raise $10m for America's Cup
Team New Zealand pounced on Oracle wingsail tech to help win the America's Cup

But the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is now taking the America's Cup on the road with New Plymouth the last stop in a 13-stop national tour.

Thousands of people turned out to see the America's Cup when Grant Dalton and Peter Burling paraded it through Wellington.
STUFF

Thousands of people turned out to see the America's Cup when Grant Dalton and Peter Burling paraded it through Wellington.

"We received an email a few months ago saying the cup was touring the country and that they wanted to bring it to New Plymouth," he said.

"The aim of the event is to promote sailing outside the main centres."

Holdt wasn't sure how popular the event would be but other stopovers had been well attended. 

Commodore of the New Plymouth Yacht Club Jason Holdt said having the Americas cup and Ranfurly shield in the same room ...
Kris Boult

Commodore of the New Plymouth Yacht Club Jason Holdt said having the Americas cup and Ranfurly shield in the same room was a rare event.

"We're not sure what to expect. Taupo had it the other day and had about 1500 people turn up but that was a day time event."

While getting the America's Cup to visit was a fairly straightforward affair, the same couldn't be said for the Ranfurly Shield.

"I'd discussed with the Rugby Union prior to Wednesday night's game the possibility of getting the shield for the event," Holdt said.

"As the game got closer I was a bit worried, but as soon as final whistle went I knew it would be all go."

It was, and they secured the shield for the event 

Holdt believed it was the first time the America's Cup had been to New Plymouth but wasn't sure if it had toured to the city when New Zealand won it in 1995.

"It may be the only chance we get to see it here, if they lose it then who knows what will happen."

The New Plymouth event is open to the public from 5pm to 7pm and the council has opened up the reserve near the yacht club for parking. 

 - Stuff

Comments

Ad Feedback
special offers
Ad Feedback