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PRESENTATION: Pleasant Point Yacht Club commodore Alastair Burgess addressing the audience of more than 400 people with the members of Team New Zealand on stage.

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GREAT NIGHT: Pleasant Point Yacht Club life member Bob Scott, 97, got his hands on the America’s Cup with Team New Zealand crewman Joe Sullivan during an event on Saturday night to raise money for the club’s rebuild.

„„ By Sophie Cornish ABOUT $25,000 was raised for the rebuild of Pleasant Point Yacht Club on Saturday night. The event called An Evening with Emirates Team New Zealand ran smoothly, said Pleasant Point Yacht Club spokesman Nigel Humphreys. The club rebuild is planned for South New Brighton Park. Life member of the club, Bob Scott, 97, was given to a lot of attention by Team New Zealand member Joe Sullivan. The for-

merly “very competitive” yachtie joined the club in 1936 and is the oldest living member. He was club commodore in the 1950s and club captain for many years. Mr Scott’s daughter, Carol Scott, said they had a fantastic evening and her father particularly enjoyed the team’s presentation which included footage on the water. Ms Scott said Mr Sullivan made a fuss of her father. The two men have mutual friends

including New Zealand sailor and broadcaster Peter Lester’s father, who Mr Scott went to school with. Mr Sullivan organised members of the Team New Zealand to sign a plaque commemorating Canterbury’s only challenge in the Little America’s Cup challenge in the 1974, which Mr Scott brought along on the night. The Little Americas Cup, now known as the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy, is a race between C class catamarans.

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