America's Cup coming to Timaru Yacht and Powerboat Club
The America's Cup will soon be Timaru's Cup.
The "Auld Mug" and members of the victorious Emirates Team New Zealand will visit South Canterbury on October 15, with an open day being held at the Timaru Yacht and Powerboat Club to welcome the silverware.
Timaru Yacht and Powerboat Club commodore Hayden Brown said the visit would be an exciting one, and part of the team's national tour of smaller towns.
The club had also hosted the America's Cup in the 1990s and had hosted a dinner with the team, he said.
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"There will be about eight members of Emirates Team New Zealand and the cup - the actual cup, not a replica," Brown said.
He said the open day, being held from noon to 2pm, would include the display of the cup, an opportunity to talk to team members and on-water activities.
"There will be a sail-by if we can do it and we may even take people out sailing if they want to go out on the water," he said.
"It will be a public event and we're excited that the cup is coming here."
He said the trip would also be a good chance for the yachties to give back to their country.
"It's a short, sharp visit but it's a thank you to the citizens of South Canterbury," Brown said.
"It will be a thank you for their support during the racing and to show the cup off."
The America's Cup is 1.1m in height and weighs more than 14kg.
New Zealand won the cup for the third time in June, beating Oracle Team USA in Bermuda.
Victory parades have been held in the country's larger cities since their win.
"Now it's time for the smaller towns to have a look at the cup and meet some of the team's members," Brown said.
- The Timaru Herald