The 36th America’s Cup starts tomorrow


After four years of preparation, it all starts here tomorrow – with defender Emirates Team New Zealand taking on Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, in the battle to win the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA in Auckland.

Races will resume on Wednesday March 10 and Friday March 12 under COVID-19 alert level 2 restrictions, with two races per day, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Following the government’s review of alert levels on Friday, it is hoped that there will be a return to level 1 in time for the weekend and the remaining races. The first team to win seven races will win the Auld Mug.

Steve Armitage, Managing Director of Auckland Unlimited – Destination, said that although Auckland’s most recent blockades may have delayed the start of the regatta, the city still expects a successful final match with support Auckland and New Zealand.

“We’ve been waiting for this moment since Team New Zealand won in 2017 and it’s finally here. While it’s great that there are so many ways to watch from your home, you don’t want to miss the buzz and atmosphere that is going on here in Auckland, ”he says.

“It’s been a tough time, but Auckland has been here before and we’ve shown our resilience and our ability to adapt to tough times like these.”

“COVID-19 has shown us the importance of supporting the locals, so if you’re looking for a way to watch this week, why not head to your favorite bar, restaurant or cafe to catch the action? Many of these businesses have been hit hard by the recent closings and are looking to make the most of the event. “

While Level 2 restrictions are in place, the Race Village will not bustle with race screenings, but surrounding bars and restaurants remain open, operating under relevant government guidelines.

In the meantime, Auckland continues to prepare to be able to fully function at Alert Level 1 from Saturday and has an exciting schedule of activities to keep people coming back to the city and the surrounding areas.

“We have a great weekend of action planned, including the resumption of many of our Summernova events if we go to Alert Level 1. Plus of course a very special virtual performance by Sir Rod Stewart ahead of the race. Saturday, ”Armitage said. .

Rock the Dock, a joint venture between Tourism New Zealand and Auckland Unlimited, will see ‘rocking Rod’ perform his hit song, ‘Sailing’ practically from London for all of Auckland and New Zealand to join, sending a message of unity and from aroha for all overseas visitors and fans who were unable to come this year.

The event will be televised on the big screen in the America’s Cup Race Village on Saturday, March 13 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., with TVNZ broadcasting the song to regional fan zones, venues and homes across the country.

The song will also be screened at the Race Days by the Sea in Summernova, the Waterbourne Beach Festival and the Kia Kotahi Race Days at Takaparawhau Bastion Point.

The 36th America's Cup starts tomorrow (1)

Assuming a change to Alert Level 1 in time for the weekend races (March 13-14), several Summernova festival venues will be the place to watch, with live races, food stalls, music, entertainment and more.

This includes:

  • Waterbourne Beach Festival, Takapuna Beach Reserve,
  • Kia Kotahi racing days at Takaparawhau, Bastion Point,
  • Race Days by the Sea, Windsor Reserve, Devonport and
  • Love your Maunga ki Maungauika, North Head, Devonport.

Summernova will also bring the city to life with live music in Te Komititanga Square and Mission Bay on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., as well as activities for kids such as free face painting and bubble stations.

On Level 1 there will also be dockside shows, merchandise stalls, cultural exhibits and entertainment in the Race Village.

Race to Alert Level 2 – Frequently Asked Questions

When will the race take place?

With last weekend’s races postponed, the America’s Cup Match will now begin on Wednesday March 10, with two races per day scheduled for Wednesday March 10, Friday March 12, Saturday March 13, Sunday March 14, Monday March 15 and every day thereafter up to one hour. the team has seven wins (assuming level 1 or 2).

Can I look down at Alert Level 2?

At level 2, people can congregate in public spaces, including beaches and viewpoints around town. There will be QR codes at many of these sites, so please scan them and follow the physical distancing guidelines. If the vantage points are increasingly crowded, find another location or consider viewing from home. The Race Village will not have any entertainment, live racing or other activations.

Can I go out on my boat at alert level 2?

At Level 2, the spectator fleet can operate safely with individual captains tasked with ensuring that sweeping and physical distancing is practiced on board. Commercial hospitality vessels will be limited to a maximum of 100 passengers in accordance with Tier 2 requirements.

What is the best way to log in at Alert Level 2?

Watching from your home or your local restaurant, bar or cafe operating under Level 2 guidelines is a great way to enjoy the America’s Cup. The races will be streamed for FREE on multiple platforms, including TVNZ 1 and TVNZ on demand, americascup.com and the official America’s Cup Youtube and Facebook canals.

Will the America’s Cup Race Village be open at Alert Level 2?

There will be no live racing, entertainment or other activations in the America’s Cup Race Village at Alert Level 2; however, businesses within the village footprint will be open and operate under government guidelines.

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