“Our harbour will be the best venue in the world for the America’s Cup,” says Mayor Phil Goff following the official announcement of Auckland as the host city and 6-21 March as the race dates of the 36th America’s Cup event in 2021.
The official announcement was made by Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton at the America’s Cup Overture event in Cowes on the Isle of Wight (England) over the weekend.
The Mayor welcomed the official confirmation of Auckland as host of the event and says plans are well underway to prepare the region.
“Hosting the 36th America’s Cup will realise significant and widespread benefits for Auckland – creating jobs, revitalising the waterfront and city and bringing visitors to the region.
“The confirmation of a race area in the inner gulf means our coastline will form a perfect grandstand for all of Auckland to watch the racing and be involved in the Cup.”
The Wynyard Edge Alliance has been formed to develop the infrastructure required to support the America’s Cup and other associated works in the Auckland downtown area. It will design and provide platforms for the syndicate bases and requirements for the 80 superyachts expected to be moored at the Cup village.
“There is much work to do in the lead up to the event and planning is well underway with the consent process progressing well.
“The council and government are committed to working together with Emirates Team New Zealand and the America’s Cup Events team to make this the best racing event yet and create a vibrant waterfront area that Aucklanders will be proud of for years to come,” says the Mayor.