The most cutting edge yachts the world has seen will race on the iconic Waitemata Harbour.
With races sailed closer to the shore than in any past America's Cup campaign, the 36th America's Cup aims to be an inclusive and spectator-friendly event for all New Zealanders and overseas visitors who want to get in on the action. There will be prime viewing from natural points around Auckland, including North Head and Bastion Point, ensuring spectators are able to experience the passion of the racing from the water or on land.
The calibre of challenges and the most cutting-edge yachts the world has ever seen will make for a fantastic spectacle on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Boats will be 75-foot (22.86 metre), high-performance foiling monohull yachts. Learn more on the official America's Cup website.
Four teams have committed to challenge the defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, in the battle to claim the world's oldest sporting trophy.
- Circolo della Vela Sicilia (Italy), represented by Luna Rossa Challenge, the Challenger of Record
- New York Yacht Club (USA), represented by American Magic
- Royal Yacht Squadron Racing (UK), represented by INEOS TEAM UK
- Long Beach Yacht Club (USA), represented by Stars & Stripes Team USA
The event kicks of in Auckland in December with the America's Cup World Series Auckland, competing for the Christmas Cup.
Key dates include:
- 17 - 20 December 2020 - the America's Cup World Series Auckland
- 15 Jan - 22 Feb 2021 - the PRADA Cup
- 6 - 21 March - the 36th America's Cup Match
Races will take place between 4:00 and 6:00 pm and each race is expected to be about 35 minutes long, including pre-start.
To cater for a variety of wind and tide conditions, the race area defined extends from Mairangi Bay in the north, running south along the North Shore beaches and around North Head, encompassing the inner Waitemata Harbour right up to iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge and central city, across Auckland’s eastern suburbs and all the way out to the Tamaki Strait between Waiheke Island and Maraetai.