Thousands turn out in Tauranga to see the America's Cup and Team NZ hero Peter Burling




More than 100 people turned out in Tauranga to see the America's Cup today.

Sailors and the Auld Mug arrived by boat to the city's waterfront.
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A group of sailors carried the Auld Mug by boat to the city's waterfront. 

One of them was Peter Burling, a Tauranga local and the youngest helmsman to win the America's Cup.

"It's amazing to see how many of you have managed to come out on a beautiful sunny Tauranga day," Burling joked about the weather.

Burling's old school welcomed him and the Auld Mug with a rousing haka and he was quick to thank the local community for their support. 

"I just think there's a strong sense of striving for excellence.. good quality staff and boys go on to achieve on the international stage," said Tauranga Boys' College principal Robert Manghan.

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