Point Chevalier resident Susan Battye’s newest title in Scholastic New Zealand’s popular My New Zealand Story series, Cup Magic, was launched at an event at Pt Chev Bookshop and Resource Room on Thursday 6 June at 7pm.
On the 13th May, 1995, Peter Montgomery entered the annals of our history with his iconic announcement – ‘The America’s Cup is New Zealand’s cup!’
It was certainly one of NZ’s proudest sporting moments: the culmination of years of work by a dedicated team of sailors, designers, sailmakers, sponsors – everyone who contributed to Team NZ during the campaign.
As we gear up for another America’s Cup challenge, this time in San Francisco, Susan’s book is timely, giving a new generation the chance to experience a behind-the-scenes look at some of the things involved in building the boats and mounting such a challenge, from a child’s point of view.
The launch was attended by local booklovers, children and adults alike, as well as the author’s family and friends. All listened intently as Susan read an excerpt from the story and talked about the many months of research that went into the book, from visits to museums and sailmakers to interviews with former sailors and Team New Zealand members. In the course of her research Susan even ventured out on the water, though in a boat not quite as impressive as Black Magic – but if she were able to, she’d surely seize the opportunity!
My New Zealand Story: Cup Magic is available in all good bookstores and retails at $18.50.
Article by Frith Hughes Scholastic New Zealand
A schools’ resource for Cup Magic can be found here.