America's Cup trophy in Far North

The America’s Cup trophy kicked off a national tour in Northland over the weekend, starting with a parade, formal welcome and viewing at New Zealand’s northernmost sailing club, Taipa Sailing Club in Doubtless Bay, on Friday evening. On Saturday afternoon the trophy was hosted by Kerikeri Cruising Club — where sailors Blair Tuke and Andy Maloney were introduced to the sport — and displayed at Kerikeri Domain before it headed to Whangarei Cruising Club for the evening. Hundreds of locals turned out to each event to see the world’s oldest sporting trophy and meet members of Team NZ. Photos by Peter de Graaf.