Fleeting visit from America’s Cup

Bluff Yacht Club commodore Anders Jagvik said he got the call about the America's Cup stopping in Bluff only about three weeks ago and was excited to host the prestigious trophy.

Southland fans of the America's Cup will have a less than two-hour window to check out the trophy in person next month in Bluff.

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Emirates Team New Zealand will be displaying the America's Cup at the Bluff Yacht Club on Foreshore Road between 5pm and 6.30pm on Tuesday, October 17.

The event will be open to the public and there will be photo opportunities for those wanting a picture of themselves and the trophy.

There should also be an opportunity to see the cup in Invercargill during the late afternoon on the same Tuesday, before the contingent reaches Bluff. 

Bluff Yacht Club commodore Anders Jagvik said he got the call with the news only about three weeks ago and was excited to host the prestigious trophy as it made its way on a whistlestop tour through regional New Zealand.

"It was a surprise. It was a bit like a Christmas present," he said.

"You can't get better in yachting circles. This is the ultimate trophy."

The Bluff Yacht Club will hold an invitation-only gala dinner in Bluff that evening, which is intended as a fundraiser for the club and is aimed at the yachting fraternity in Southland. 

Members, past members, interested yachties and friends of the Marakura Yacht Club in Te Anau will get an exclusive up-close look at the celebrated trophy when it visits between 1.45pm and 2.45pm on Tuesday, October 17.

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