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America's Cup parade plans firm up

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/06/2017

Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling and teammate Glenn Ashby hold the Americas Cup aloft as they celebrate after defeating Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup sailing competition Monday, June 26, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda. (AP Photo/Gregor © Gregory Bull/ASSOCIATED PRESS/AP Images Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling and teammate Glenn Ashby hold the Americas Cup aloft as they celebrate after defeating Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup sailing competition Monday, June 26, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda. (AP Photo/Gregor New Zealand's victorious America's Cup team have started flogging off gear in Bermuda while a big welcome parade is planned in Auckland next Thursday.

The first victory event will be held in Auckland from midday on July 6 and will be on land and on water, ATEED chief executive Brett O'Reilly told Three.

"We really want to make this our greatest welcome home," he said.

He said the Viaduct Harbour area would be used and it was possible the team would be taken around the harbour and across to the North Shore.

It is also likely the winning team will be at the third Test of the British and Irish Lions tour at Eden Park.

A civic parade and homecoming for winning America's Cup helmsman Peter Burling is being organised by Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless.

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It will be the second Tauranga parade in 12 months to involve Burling, who was one of the returning Rio Olympians cheered on by thousands of spectators last September.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester is keen on a parade in the capital as well and is already talking up its merits as a potential venue for an America's Cup defence.

"Christchurch would love to put on a celebratory parade for our America's Cup champions," mayor Lianne Dalziel has tweeted.

Dunedin is also keen to do something to mark the occasion.

Back in Bermuda, just a day after lifting the America's Cup for a third time, Emirates Team New Zealand are selling three support boats.

"It's time to let these three well-loved babies go from the team," a listing on Bermuda website Emoo.bm reads.

Helmsman, Peter Burling, holds the Americas Cup during the Team New Zealand Americas Cup Wellington Welcome Home Parade In Pics: Team New Zealand wins 35th America's Cup The most expensive boat is selling for $US60,000 ($NZ82,445).

New Zealander Sir Russell Coutts, CEO of the America's Cup Event Authority, has also reflected on magnificent America's Cup in Bermuda.

"No doubt there are a lot of Kiwis waking up with a headache today, and they deserve the celebrations that will have taken place in Bermuda, in New Zealand and around the world," he said.

"The achievements of their team are incredible, and in doing so have captivated the hearts and minds of millions of sports fans worldwide."

Some of the most beautiful, iconic yachts came to Bermuda during the America's Cup Superyacht Regatta and the America's Cup J Class Regatta, while the next generation showcased their talents in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, he said.

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