Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, preliminary World Series events have been cancelled in Italy and the UK. Read full notices on the official America's Cup website.
While we don't know how long this situation may continue, our 2021 teams remain focused on preparing for Auckland's biggest year yet for major global events, which kicks off with the 36th America's Cup. We are continuing our work programme, including summer activations work with our event partners. Key Auckland dates can be found here.
Questions related to the event and Auckland's hosting
What are the 36th America's Cup events in Auckland and when will they take place?
The 36th America's Cup begins in Auckland December 17-20, 2020 with the America's Cup World Series Auckland, competing for the Christmas Cup.
This is followed by the PRADA Cup from January 15 - February 22 2021, where challengers compete for the chance to take on Emirates Team New Zealad in the 36th America's Cup Match on March 6 - 21, 2021. Learn more here.
Why is the 36th America's Cup in Auckland and who is responsible for managing the event?
After winning the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda in 2017, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) was appointed to conduct the defence of the 36th America's Cup and the required event management. ETNZ established America's Cup Events Ltd to undertake its event management responsibilities, enabling the team to focus on what we hope to be a successful defence of the Cup.
What is currently being done to prepare for the 36th America's Cup?
Auckland Council, MBIE, Mana Whenua, the New Zealand Central Government and America’s Cup Event Ltd (a subsidiary of Emirates Team New Zealand formed to run the event) are working together on a comprehensive programme to prepare for America’s Cup in a way that will ensure a great event with maximum shared benefits. Wynyard Edge Alliance has been formed to build the waterfront infrastructure required for the event.
What can the public expect from the event?
The public can expect a vibrant and exciting event on the water and on land. Races will take place in foiling monohulls capable of speeds between 47 and 50 knots on race courses close to the shore. Races will be about 45 minutes long and will take place between 4:00 and 6:00 pm.
There will be plenty of on shore vantage points. On land, a vibrant race village will be developed along the lines of the popular village set up for the Volvo Ocean Race stopovers. This will feature all-day entertainment programmes, race viewing and opportunities to get up close to the team bases. Learn more on the official 36th America's Cup website.
Where will the 36th America's Cup Race Village be and when will it open?
The 36th America's Cup presented by PRADA Race Village will be situated in the heart of Auckland's city centre at the start of Hobson Wharf, continuing through the Eastern Viaduct and Western Viaduct, up to the Jellicoe Car Park. Emirates Team New Zealand's headquarters will be at centre stage, located in the former Viaduct Event Centre. An extension on Hobson Wharf has been built to house the Challenger of Record, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team's base. Other challengers will be based on the Wynyard Wharf.
The opening dates and times of the America's Cup presented by PRADA Race Village dates are subject to resource consent, but the intention is to open the village one week prior to the first regatta, currently scheduled for December 2020. Access will be completely free, giving the public unprecedented access to Emirates Team New Zealand and other team bases.
Can I volunteer to help out with the 36th America's Cup?
Absolutely - volunteers bring the passion and the heart to the 36th America's Cup and we would love to have you involved. To learn more, check out the official America's Cup volunteering page.
There will also be a city volunteer and Auckland ambassador programme, where people can get involved outside of the Race Village and official fan zones. Keep an eye out for more information in early 2020.
How many syndicates have confirmed they will take part?
Four challengers. They are Luna Rossa (Challenger of Record), UK-based INEOS Team UK (formerly Ben Ainslie Racing), American Magic and Stars & Stripes Team USA.
Will the races be broadcast?
Yes, all races will be free to air in New Zealand and around the globe. TVNZ is the free-to-air rights holder in New Zealand, with Newstalk ZB and the Gold Network providing live radio coverage.
Where is the racing taking place?
The racing will take place on the inner Waitemata Harbour with five courses available to choose from depending on wind conditions and other factors. The race course locations have been selected to enable race viewing from the shore as well as on the water. Takapuna Beach, North Head and Bastion Point will be among the prime on-shore viewing locations.
Will the race course area impact shipping and ferries?
The Auckland Harbourmaster and Ports of Auckland have been involved in the planning of the racing area and are satisfied that it can be managed in a way that minimises impacts on other harbour users.
Are there any fan activations being built in other main centres, or around Auckland?
Fan activations in other centres have yet to be confirmed; however we can confirm there will be an Auckland summer activations programme to enhance and complement the 36th America’s Cup events taking place over the period of January 2021 to March 2021. This programme will support third parties to deliver activations outside of the race village and the on-water racing areas. Interested applicants can check out the guidance document for the criteria and process for involvement.
Questions for businesses
Can you apply to set up as a vendor at the village?
Any vendor opportunities that may become available will be open to RFP via the America’s Cup website. Keep an eye on the official America's Cup website.
What is the Major Events Management Act and how does it affect businesses in relation to the 36th America's Cup?
The Major Events Management Act (MEMA) 2007 protects the right of event organisers and official sponsors to benefit from their investment in major events such as the 36th America's Cup. When an event is declared a major event under the MEMA, organisations that are not official sponsors must not suggest that an individual, business, brand, goods or services are associated with the event when they are not. Instances of this will be treated as unlawful commercial exploitation. Like past major events, including Rugby World Cup 2011 and Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover 2010, the 36th America's Cup has applied to be declared a major event under the Act.
The MEMA outcome (due 2020) will likely restrict the use of words and emblems which directly correlate to the event in advertising, promotions, merchandise, window dressing, signage and other commercial activities. Auckland, Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) is working closely with America's Cup Events Ltd to design comprehensive resources to help businesses leverage and activate around the 36th America's Cup without breaching MEMA restrictions around unauthorised words or emblems.
How do people find out about getting a berth in the Viaduct or Westhaven?
Please email email@example.com.
Questions about 36th America's Cup infrastructure and related works in Auckland's city centre
When and where will the tanks on Wynyard Wharf be moved?
The removal of tanks from Wynyard Wharf to enable the development of team base infrastructure commenced in October 2018. As it is uneconomical to move and reinstate tanks of this size, they will be cleaned, demolished and reduced to scrap metal on site using methods based on best environmental practice. They are then loaded on to trucks and recycled where possible. (Some material needs to be stripped back and further work done to break down to recyclable material).
Where is the construction up to?
Between January 2019 and March 2020, Wynyard Edge Alliance completed all project milestones on budget and ahead of programme, including handing over all America's Cup bases. Since January, Wynyard Edge Alliance has completed 870,000 worker hours with zero lost time injuries and 1500 people have worked on the build, learning new skills and providing jobs for people from all over Auckland.
Next milestones include completion of the Daldy Street Outfall, Silo Park and some superyacht facilities. Learn more about the build and milestones here.
Is the extension on Hobson Wharf permanent or temporary?
the Hobson Wharf extension will be a permanent part of the 36th America's Cup waterfront legacy for the city. This will be a public space that enhances access to the waterfront and the city’s ability to host maritime events.