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Emirates Team New Zealand

Jan & Bill, winners of the trip for two to Bermuda, sent us this account of their recent Mud House prize. They were flown to Bermuda to have a day on the water watching Emirates Team New Zealand. And what an incredible adventure it was!

"Thank you to Mud House for the trip of a lifetime. The prize package was all that was promised and more!

From the excitement in January when I was notified I had won the trip to returning to New Zealand this has been a dream come true.

A big thank you to Abby from Tandem Travel as we made it to Bermuda and back with no difficulties at all; and this included adding a stop over in Toronto on the way back.

We were looking for our seats on the trip from LA to Toronto and found ourselves seated next to and in front of a couple of Kiwi blokes. Of course the usual conversation started about where we were headed and surprise our travel companion was also going to Bermuda. The comment was 'Oh you are not the competition winners are you' ? We were then introduced to Jack Glover from Mud House, who was a great support person and made himself available if we needed anything over next four days.

We enjoyed a brief expedition around the Fairmont Hotel which was a mini town with everything we could possibly need readily available. Then an early night and a long sleep in a fabulous and comfortable room.  Jet lag taken care of, and awake and ready to start the adventure.

We had a 'goody' bag delivered to our room with some basic essentials like a good bottle of Mud House Pinot Noir (naturally!), nuts, chocolate, hand sanitizer and water. Thank you to  Pitt &Co. for this great gift.

Monday morning off on the local bus to the Dockyards and the Cup Village. We wandered and took in all the excitement and visited each of the teams’ homes. New Zealand with neighbours Artemis.

We found ourselves a good spot on the 'grass' in front of the big screen and had an amazing afternoon watching ETNZ win their race. So amazing soaking up the atmosphere and such great racing.

On Tuesday morning  we were collected from the Fairmont and driven directly into the ETNZ Base with our Guest passes. What an amazing team. We were welcomed warmly by everyone at the base. A beautiful lunch with of course a glass of Mud House wine and a photo session with Grant Dalton and Sir Stephen Tindall in front of the wing which we were later to see in tatters as ETNZ unfortunately came to grief. Wow did we feel for them at this time having met them and knowing how hard they all worked to get back on the water.

What a day heading out on the support boat 'Chaos' to be as close as possible to the ETNZ crew as they beat Artemis. This is a day we will always remember as a highlight in our life and so exciting being a part of this amazing race.

ETNZ you are just great and we know you will put your everything into winning this America's Cup!

Thank you to Tina (Director) and Steph (admin, accounts, sponsorship) for your friendliness and helpfulness. Tina was on 'Chaos' with us for the day and along with others was able to provide so much additional information to make this day so special.

I had hoped to provide some amazing photos of a young energetic couple enjoying Bermuda but these are about the best I could find. Not the best photography but we were too busy just taking in all the excitement.

Once again Mud House you absolutely made our year with this amazing and exciting trip that was everything promised and more. These are memories we will cherish forever and we have so many friends that were so envious of this wonderful experience.

Bermuda just has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world and truly is as good as it looks on TV!

Regards and thank you all so much for a great time and here's to a few more Mud House Wines!"