TVNZ reporters Emily van Velthooven and Jesse Tuke have family in Team NZ.
There are two American Cup reporters with part in the walk on Team NZ – their brothers are on board.
Emily van Velthooven – Simon’s younger sister – and Blair’s sailor brother, Jesse Tuke, are part of the TVNZ reporting family.
Van Velthooven is a reporter for 1NEWS, while this is Tuke’s first foray into television as part of the seven-member TVNZ AC team, hosted by Toni Street and Scotty Morrison with Jack Tame on the reporting team.
The two siblings were in Bermuda four years ago to support their brother in winning the Auld Mug. They said they would feel better seeing him back home in Waitematā.
“I am very pleased with the reaction from the Kiwi who has just sailed,” said van Velthooven. “I remember being completely blown away by innovation and determination the first time I watched Emirates Team New Zealand in Bermuda.
“Bermuda is great – but I think Auckland would be better. We have a great fan zone to watch the races and some great bars and restaurants right in the middle. Even if you’ve never gone sailing, this is a party you don’t want. miss. “
Tuke has reporters and emcees in his title. She will be out in the water on TVNZ’s chase boat and mingle with the audience.
The snappy sailor suggests the people might confuse him and his brother – and says if he were to interview Blair he would try hard not to laugh. “I don’t think Blair and I have ever had such a serious conversation in our lives. Keeping facial expressions when asking big questions will be a real challenge.”
Tuke said he had fun growing up, sailing with all of his brothers, and even won national championship at one point with Blair, but said he was replaced by “someone named Peter”.
“We used to have regular Hobie Cat sailing races where the two youngest brothers (Blair and I) would race against the two eldest (Dan and Nathan). And like America’s Cup, it would always end up with some big bickering, water-offs and a couple of firefights if things really heat up, “said Tuke.
He said that so far Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli was a team to watch out for.
“There have been some good battles out in the water already and they will be up against each other as soon as they reach the water. Prada captain Jimmy Spithill is the main contender and he has to finish it so beware of the fiery Aussie … Overall, LR looks like it has a versatile package. strength, which will be needed under the various conditions that we will see in Hauraki this summer. “
He said the first race of the Copa America will be a moment that touches your heart when they cross the line for the first time and you will see which ships excel.
“The American Cup has rumors around it that I don’t think you would get with any other sport. Every four years or so it stops our country and everyone around it. I think it’s a combination of heaps of history, innovation and the fact that the country is small. We’re pretty good at it. There’s nothing better than Auckland for sailing spectacle – City of Sails for a reason. “