Published on : Thursday, July 13, 2017
The America’s Cup has visited Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to be greeted each time by thousands of New Zealanders keen to get a glimpse of sport’s oldest trophy and the team who won it back.
Starting in Auckland, the team paraded through the city, making a victory circuit through the CBD before being met by a flotilla of boats and Maori waka on the Waitemata Harbour.
It was a somewhat watery homecoming as the heavens opened mid route but there was no dampening the excitement and joy of 80,000 spectators as they cheered on their ‘boys’ and the coveted silver cup riding on the top of a vehicle.
The parade travelled through the heart of the city to finish at the Viaduct Harbour – the hub of past America’s Cup challenges – where the team took to the water for their victory sail.
There was a huge flotilla of boats to greet the team and a poignant moment when the Cup sailed past the ‘Tara’ – once known as the ‘Seamaster’ and the vessel and on which yachting legend and Kiwi hero Sir Peter Blake lost his life.
Team NZ chief Grant Dalton, helmsman Peter Burling and the crew, were clearly enjoying the moment of pride and redemption that came with bringing home the ‘Auld Mug’ after a 14 year battle to regain the prize.
There were similar scenes again in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin as enthusiastic home crowds turned out en masse to welcome home the team and the ‘Cup’. An estimated 40,000 people turned out in Wellington for the sunny parade from The Beehive to Civic Square, while Dunedin crowds showered the team with confetti.
Source:- Tourism New Zealand
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