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 after Emirates Team New Zealand won the Cup in Bermuda in 2017.
The excitement is already building and will culminate in the America’s Cup Match in March 2021.
Auckland aims to stage a successful event and defence of the Cup, with some exciting racing, a great village atmosphere, 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. America’s Cup 36 (AC36) 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.
As well as delivering up to an estimated $1 billion in value New Zealand’s economy, AC36 will help create better waterfront infrastructure, grow global tourism interest, forge new business links across the country and the world, enhance local pride and build on the strong volunteer network for future events.
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.
The Wynyard Edge Alliance has been established to develop the waterfront infrastructure required for the AC36 team bases.