The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport and recognised as the pinnacle of sailing.
The thrill and vibrancy of this historic event is returning to Auckland’s waterfront in 2021, as defender Emirates Team New Zealand, takes on four challengers in the battle to claim the Cup.
Excitement has been building since Emirates Team New Zealand's spectacular win in Bermuda in 2017 and will culminate with the 36th America's Cup Match presented by PRADA in Auckland March 2021.
A year like no other is calling, as Auckland prepares to host a successful event and defence of the Cup, with some exciting racing, a vibrant village atmosphere, a jam-packed programme of events and activations, and the opportunity to showcase New Zealand and its innovative sectors on a global stage.
Hosting the event in Auckland provides opportunities for the city and the whole of New Zealand well beyond what happens on the water. The 36th America's Cup will be an opportunity to ignite Kiwis’ passion for this great event and showcase our city and country, celebrating all that makes Auckland and New Zealand unique, and share our stories with the world.
Like past America's Cup campaigns, the 36th America's Cup will strengthen the New Zealand economy, with far-reaching benefits spanning beyond the Race Village and city centre to the entire region and country.
America's Cup events in Auckland will grow global tourism interest, forge new business links, enhance local pride and build on a strong existing volunteer network for future events. Additionally, the 36th America's Cup will leave Auckland with a world-class waterfront and facilities to enjoy for years to come.
A collaborative work programme involving mana whenua, America’s Cup Events Ltd (a subsidiary of Emirates Team New Zealand established to run the event), the Auckland Council group, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and a number of Crown agencies, as well as other partners, has been established to prepare for and manage all aspects of the event. Wynyard Edge Alliance has been established to develop the waterfront infrastructure required for team bases.