Thanks to our government relaxing border restrictions, personnel from the USA and the United Kingdom’s America’s Cup syndicates are preparing in Auckland for the well-known sailing event. It has been scheduled to unfold again next March.
200+ family members and staff from the US Challenger American Magic and the Ineos Team UK have received special dispensation to enter New Zealand. Our borders have, of course, been closed to the majority of international travellers as part of our response to the global novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The two teams will be building bases in our capital and starting boat tests ahead of the 36th regatta, scheduled for March 6 2021 and continuing until March 21. Team New Zealand is readying to defend the world’s oldest trophy from challengers from these two countries and Italy.
Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford recently said that the challenging syndicates would most likely be in the country for roughly 10 months. They will be setting up their bases, running various tests, and then dismantling these facilities once the Cup has come to an end.
Twyford reported that the New Zealand Government and Auckland Council have made notable commitments and marked investments in creating the infrastructure the event will require. He explained that the Cup would not be able to take place if these teams were not granted entry.
The Races will be taking place in very high-tech foiling mono-hulls for the first time, 75-foot yachts that rise out of the water foils and capable of extraordinary speeds.
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