The America’s Cup captured the hearts of New Zealand – and Coastal Lamb was in amongst the action.
The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport. It dates back to 1851 when the yacht America sailed across the Atlantic to take on 15 yachts representing the best of the British fleet in a race around the Isle of Wight – and won. As the America sailed in first position past the Royal Yacht from where Queen Victoria was watching the race 170 years ago, she asked one of her attendants to tell her who was in second place. “Your Majesty, There is no second” was the now famous reply! Those four words are perhaps still the best description of the America’s Cup and how it represents the singular pursuit of excellence. It is undoubtedly the most difficult sporting trophy in the world to win. (And it’s why at Coastal Lamb, we aspire to be the best and most recognised lamb brand in the world – there is no second!)
Last week, after months of hype, racing and on and off the water drama; and in front of a spectator fleet of 3,000 boats, Team New Zealand beat Italy’s Lunna Rossa to make it 7 wins (Italy won 3 races) and claim victory in the 36th America’s Cup regatta.
The AC75 boats they raced in to contest this year’s Cup are outstanding vessels – part boat, part aeroplane, with the capacity to sail at three times the wind speed.
While the America’s Cup series, which began in December was curtailed a little by Covid 19, the penultimate end of the competition was truly something special. And Coastal Lamb was right in amongst it. We were proud to be the official lamb supplier to ‘Te Pou’ – New Zealand House, which was located at the Viaduct Marina, in the heart of downtown Auckland – and in the hub of all the festivities.