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Banks' Speech: America’s Cup 2003 Closing Ceremony

Mayor John Banks' Speech: America’s Cup 2003 Closing Ceremony

Speech notes: Hon John Banks – Mayor of Auckland City Te Wero Island, The Viaduct Harbour 4.00pm, Monday, 3 March 2003

As we gather on the edge of the beautiful Waitemata Harbour in the great City of Sails, we reflect on the outstanding legacy of Sir Peter Blake.

Congratulations Team Alinghi. Congratulations on winning the America’s Cup.

Thank you Team New Zealand: We salute your determination, fair play and courage.

The America’s Cup has added more to the City than any other single event in the history of this nation.

The Cup regatta has been a catalyst for economic growth and investment. The international media has placed Auckland centre-stage of the world.

Many doors have been opened and many friends have been made. The future has never looked better.

I have enjoyed hosting many visitors at the Town Hall - sponsors, challenging syndicates, and some of the biggest names in America’s Cup history.

Congratulations Team Alinghi.

For us this is not the end it is only the beginning – the beginning of many more world-class achievements.

Thank you Louis Vuitton. Thank you to all the sponsors.

Thank you to the teams and their families.

Most of all thank you for the fellowship of the America’s Cup.

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