200 plus turn up to scrawl support

By Amy Shanks

Thousands of signatures will soon be winging their way to Team New Zealand's San Francisco base to boost morale in the lead up to The America's Cup in August.

Over 200 Hawke's Bay people turned out to scrawl their names on a replica dagger board, when the Toyota Lean with us road show stopped off at The Warehouse in Hastings yesterday.

Also in attendance were Magpies coach Danny Lee and players Sheridan Rangihuna, Penikolo Latu (recently returned from the New Zealand U20s) and Gillies Kaka (back from the Sevens World Cup in Moscow).

"We have had a really, really good response here," tour manager Scott Aitchison said. "The board was pretty empty this morning, but it has really filled up."

The tour had already been down south, and was now doing rounds of the North Island. Once complete, the boards will be packed up and sent to America where they are to be hung in the team's headquarters.

"We have had members of the general public signing it, the Prime Minister, politicians and local celebrities - all sorts."

As well as showing their support, people could have their photo taken in front of an image of the Emirates Team New Zealand yacht, to go in the draw to win a trip to San Francisco for the America's Cup.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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