Friday, November 26, 2010

Fallen Kiwis remembered in Dubai

Members of BMW ORACLE Racing joined others at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai this morning in a service remembering the 29 miners who perished last week in an explosion at the Pike River coal mine on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

Grant Dalton (left) and Wayne Mikkelsen (2nd left) pay tribute to the fallen miners
The remembrance was organized by Emirates Team New Zealand and attended by the entire Team New Zealand crew. Also attending were Wayne Mikkelsen, New Zealand Consulate General and Trade Commissioner based in Dubai, plus Kiwis from other syndicates and regatta operations and associated members of the Cup community.

The names of all 29 miners were read. Grant Dalton, Team New Zealand’s CEO, laid a wreath in the Persian Gulf that was followed by a moment of silence.

“Our hearts and feelings go out to those who’ve lost loved ones,” said Jono MacBeth, one of seven Kiwis on the BMW ORACLE Racing sailing team. “It was nice to see Kiwis, Aussies and so many other team representatives support those who’ve lost family members and loved ones.”

Members of the America's Cup community gather for a remembrance in honor of fallen miners in New Zealand