Team NZ sailing to the rescue of Christchurch yacht club

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Pleasant Point Yacht Club lost its club rooms and its boat shed in the 2010 earthquakes. Photo credit: Yachting NZ

America's Cup champions Team New Zealand is sailing into support of a Christchurch yacht club's fund-raising efforts to get it back on the water.

Pleasant Point Yacht Club lost its club rooms and boat shed in the September 2010 earthquakes.

Unfortunately for the club the insurance pay out it received is not enough to cover the full cost of replacing them.

During Team NZ's victory parade in the Garden City back in July, club official Nigel Humphreys told Team NZ CEO Grant Dalton about the club's situation, who subsequently offered to help.

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Grant Dalton during the victory parade in Christchurch. Photo credit: Christchurch City Council

"They want to take New Zealand with them into their next defence and this is their way of paying back the community for the support they get," Mr Humphreys said.

Members from Team NZ are currently on a whirlwind trip around the country showing off the prized Auld Mug they won off Oracle Team USA in Bermuda earlier this year.

This weekend those members will stop off in Christchurch for a fundraising gala in support of the club which aims to raise money to get up and running again.

Richie McCaw, Helicopter
A flight with former All Black captain Richie McCaw will be auctioned. Photo credit: Richie McCaw/Facebook

An auction will be held at the gala, which is happening at the Wigram Air Force Museum in Christchurch on October 14.

Items such as a helicopter ride with former All Black captain Richie McCaw, double tickets for the final of the 2018 Australian Open and an original Team New Zealand commemorative shirt from the 1995 America's Cup win will be up for grabs.