THE 36TH AMERICA’S CUP
In the America’s Cup there is no second, either you win or you lose and it has been like this for over 170 years. On the 6th of March the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand will face the winner of the PRADA Cup in a 13-race Match. The first team to score seven points will become the Defender of the 37th America’s Cup.
The America’s Cup, the pinnacle of yachting, was first contested in 1851 making it the oldest trophy in international sport, predating the modern Olympic Games by 45 years.
The trophy’s roots date back to when a syndicate of businessmen from New York sailed the schooner America across the Atlantic Ocean for the World’s Fair in England. The schooner won a race around the Isle of Wight against a fleet of British yachts to claim the £100 Cup.
From there, the United States embarked on what would become the longest winning streak in the history of sport. A 132-year stretch saw boats representing the country successfully defend the trophy 24 times from 1870 through 1980—until 1983, when Australia II became the first successful challenger to lift the trophy from the Americans.
Throughout its history, the America’s Cup has enchanted leaders of industry and royalty from tea merchant Sir Thomas Lipton, to brewing and real estate mogul Alan Bond, aviation pioneer Sir T.O.M. Sopwith, the Aga Khan, media mogul Ted Turner, and Harold S. Vanderbilt.
Not to mention the icons of the sport of sailing such as Tom Blackaller, Peter Blake, Dennis Conner and Russell Coutts and Grant Dalton.
The Legacy Begins
‘Your Majesty, there is no second’
The 36th America’s Cup Match will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, from the 6th to the 15th of March 2021 and will see the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand racing against the winner of the PRADA Cup, the Challenger Selection Series, with the winner being the first team to score seven points.
The Match in 2021 is preceded by a series of preliminary events, collectively known as the America’s Cup World Series, that took place at selected venues in 2020. The results of the America’s Cup World Series seeds the teams for the PRADA Cup, the Challengers Selection Series.
Four teams, including The Defender Emirates Team New Zealand, have signed up to take on the challenge again: the Italians of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team, the Challenger of Record, New York Yacht Club American Magic (USA) and INEOS TEAM UK (UK).
The access to the America’s Cup Race Village is completely FREE throughout all America’s Cup Events. The Race Village has a limited visitor capacity and have opened on the 15th of December and operate from 10am until 9pm on racing days and from 10am until 6pm on non-racing days. Situated at the start of Hobson Wharf, it will continue on through the Eastern Viaduct and the Western Viaduct, up to the Jellicoe Car Park.
The designated areas in the Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour offer a wide range of race course options, with a full range of wind directions and conditions. On top of that, the harbour and gulf are surrounded by geographical landmarks that provide a variety of vantage points for spectators.
The 36th America’s Cup race course will be a windward-leeward configuration delimited by boundaries with an upwind start and it’s length (approximately between 1.1 to 2.2 nm) will depend upon the exact location of the course and prevailing weather conditions.
The racing area covers a wide swath of the Hauraki Gulf, with five race courses being identified depending on the weather conditions. The race course is communicated on racing days by the Race Management depending on wind direction, intensity, and tides. GPS coordinates, nautical maps and detailed information for on-water spectators will be available on americascup.com closer to the event.
The event and all teams take the protection of the biodiversity of the marine life of the Hauraki Gulf as a priority every day they go on the water. Marine life in the Hauraki Gulf (and Hauraki Gulf Marine Park) supports a wide range of marine life, many of which are of conservation significance. If you are part of the Event spectator fleet, be aware that you may see or have a close encounter with one of the different species of marine life that inhabit the Hauraki Gulf. Ensure you operate your vessel with ‘respect’ to marine life that you see and keep your distance. Do not allow your passengers to harass, disturb or feed marine life close to your vessel in any way.
The Hauraki Gulf has diverse ecosystems that boast a rich diversity of island habitats with native forests and precious wildlife. Many Auckland’s and visitors to our city enjoy travelling to these unique locations, or spend time on the water around them. The Hauraki Gulf is protected under the Regional Pest Management Strategy 2007 (soon to be the Regional Pest Management Plan 2019) with the Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice.
THE 36TH AMERICA’S CUP PRESENTED BY PRADA
Auckland, New Zealand
HOW TO WATCH
17/12/20 – Auckland (NZL)
36th America’s Cup presented by Prada
Foto – Race Day 1
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team, Emirates Team New Zealand ©Studio Borlenghi
Video Promo ©ACE
Fans of the America’s Cup all around the world are able to enjoy coverage via all forms of media on every screen in 2020 and 2021. In order to make this the most viewed and accessible America’s Cup competition, the Event has partnered with free-to-air and pay networks in well over 120 territories, the 36th America’s Cup has partnered with free-to-air and pay networks.
The official event website will also provide live streaming including on board camera footage, Virtual Eye graphics, behind-the-scenes storytelling and more for free without the need to download an app.
New Zealand – home country of Emirates Team New Zealand (Defender) – TVNZ
Italy – home country of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team (Challenger of Record) – RAI and Sky Italia
UK – home country of INEOS Team UK (Challenger) – BBC and Sky UK & Ireland
USA and Caribbean – home country of NYYC American Magic (Challenger) – NBC Sports
Australia – Fox Sports Australia
Pacific Island Nations – Pasifika TV
France, Switzerland, sub-Saharan Africa and other French territories – Canal+
Sweden – TV12 and C More
South Africa & sub-Saharan Africa – SuperSport
Korea – SBS
Taiwan – ELTA
Malaysia & Brunei – Astro
European Broadcasting Union – a comprehensive partnership allowing EBU members to access live, long and short-form highlights, and news via the Eurovision News Exchange
Canada – TSN
Latin America and the Caribbean – ESPN
WATCH ON ONLINE
Complementing broadcaster partnerships, the America’s Cup will also make extensive live coverage, race highlights and clips available online for free via www.americascup.com and its digital channels ensuring that sailing fans have opportunities to enjoy the live racing from Auckland.
If it’s a race day, the RACING will go LIVE at 16:00 NZT / 03:00 UTC on the America’s Cup website
If it’s a race day, the RACING will go LIVE at 16:00 NZT / 03:00 UTC at the top of America’s Cup Facebook page.
If it’s a race day, the RACING will go LIVE at 16:00 NZT / 03:00 UTC on the America’s Cup YouTube page.
You missed the races or you want to relive the action? Full replay is also available on our website.
It’s hard to summarise New Zealand – a land of diverse regions and landscapes that stretches across two main and a myriad of small off-shore islands; a multi-cultural nation of people from Māori, European, Pacific and Asian origins. This vibrant embracing culture, inspired by ancient traditions and pioneering adventurers, does innovation with enthusiasm and hospitality with heart.
As a remote island nation, it is hardly surprising that New Zealand life revolves around the sea.
Fresh thinking, creative innovators backed by deep-rooted maritime traditions and the expertise of a water-borne nation put New Zealand at the forefront of international yachting. And those sailors who make it to the top, such as Emirates Team New Zealand’s crew, have a long association and strong affinity with their home waters.
New Zealand is home to some of the world’s best skippers, naval architects, sailors, yacht crews and captains and the 36th America’s Cup host city, Auckland, is a hub for the marine sector in the Southern Hemisphere.
Auckland is an urban oasis, surrounded by three harbours and 3,700km of coastline, from the white-sand beaches of the north, to wild, black-sand surf spots on the west coast. Known for its captivating beauty, Auckland is also a city defined by its cultural diversity and bustling urban centres. One city, many worlds, Auckland New Zealand’s proudly international city, with one in three residents born elsewhere.
Auckland is also a place of mana (life essence), with a living, breathing Māori culture that reflects the deep connection of our tangata whenua (indigenous peoples) to the land. We hope you leave with a lasting impression of the warmth of our welcome and depth of our manaakitanga (embrace).
The highly anticipated Race 1 of the 36th America’s Cup Match will start shortly after 4 pm (NZT) on Wednesday 10th March after the Government announced a reduction in alert levels today.
Under COVID-19 Alert level 2 or 1, the race schedule will remain as planned with 2 races per day – Wednesday 10th, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th, Monday 15th and each day after that. The current schedule has racing every day until either the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand or the Challenger Luna Rossa reaches 7 wins.
Any changes to this schedule will need to be agreed between both teams.
RACING UNDER LEVEL 2
Racing under Level 2 will be restricted to only be sailed on either Race Course A or E.
(Under COVID-19 Alert Level 1 all courses will become an option to race on for the Regatta Director again.)
IN THE RACE VILLAGE IN LEVEL 2
Under Level 2, the bars, cafés and restaurants and other retail outlets within the America’s Cup Race Village will open, and operate within Ministry of Health guidelines. Entertainment, LIVE racing on the Big Screens, and activations are unable to operate until we move back into Level 1.
6 – 15 (extended) March 2021
Next Race: 17 March – 4:15 p.m. Local Time
Auckland, New Zealand