Sunday, May 26, 2024

Finals frenzy

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Bucklands Beach Yacht Club members have been watching the Americas Cup 2017 finals very closely with many supporters coming down to the club watching replays and enjoying
the commentary amongst fellow supporters.

The club has links with the cup with our very own Joey Allen in the winning crew back in 1995, the year Team NZ won the cup.

TNZ also ran a very successful Louis Vuitton Regatta back in 2002-2003 and many other members or close relatives have been involved in shore crews, even with Oracle.

“Our Club Arm Chair Admirals are in awe of the team which is oozing with talent, 28 world titles, and Olympic gold and silver medals with a skipper Peter Burling who has the X-factor,” says Lyle Tresadern, the yacht club’s club manager.

“Burling, Tuke and Ashby all specialise in fast, foiling yachts and have all sailed the foiling A class catamarans.

“We have confidence in their abilities and note the small errors have been addressed over the last few races.”

As to the start of the America’s Cup against defenders Oracle Team USA, Tresadern says it is a fantastic start with 3 points from four races (TNZ started the final minus 1 point). “(TNZ have) domination in the lighter airs.

Still, anything can happen if the wind gets fluky or stronger winds, although unlikely, may arrive and cause damage. This could play a part in the outcome.

On July 26 the club will be hosting Joey Allen along with mountaineer and philanthropist (and the son of adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary) Peter Hillary for a charity dinner.

“Joey, who is currently over in Bermuda (for the America’s Cup), will give us an insight into the secrets, scandals and inside information. We all look forward to that talk,” said Tresadern.

“Tickets are available everybody welcome, please phone the Club. For anyone who doesn’t have Sky tv and wants to watch the replay, the club will – on request – re-run during the day so if any member of the public would like to come down to the club and join our members,
you are more than welcome.

“Please check with the club for timing.”

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