Auckland in March 2021: Dates and course set for America's Cup
Sailing's blue riband America's Cup will take place in Auckland, New Zealand in March 2021, it was announced today.
At a stakeholders meeting in Cowes, off the south coast of England, Grant Dalton, chief executive of defender Emirates Team New Zealand, unveiled the course for the America's Cup match, which will be a best-of-13 series against the winner of the Prada Cup challenger series.
The America's Cup match will take place between 6 and 21 March.
Racing is expected to start between 4pm and 6pm New Zealand time.
Dalton said: "There is a reason that Auckland is world renowned as 'The City of Sails' and for its sailing conditions. We're very fortunate that the geography of Auckland allows us so many exciting and challenging race course options in close proximity to elevated vantage points for spectators on land.
"We needed to define a wide racing area to cater for all wind and tide directions and conditions, which we have done across the racing area. But the one overarching objective in identifying the specific race courses within the race area was to bring the racing as close as possible to the land based spectators, and we are incredibly lucky to have both North Head and Bastion Point where the public will literally be able to hear the AC75s whistling above the water and see the wind shifts on the water without having to set foot on a boat."
Confirmed entrants for the America’s Cup are: Emirates Team New Zealand; Italy's Luna Rossa, the privileged ‘challenger of record’; Ineos Team UK of Great Britain; American Magic of USA; and a second Italian entry, Sardinia Challenge.
It is reported that a second entry from USA and a Norwegian syndicate are also a possibility.