With the 36th America’s Cup Match - the biggest sailing event in 2021 getting closer, more details start to shape up and the sailing community can be assured of an exciting and diverse calendar for the year.
The America’s Cup Match will see its opening weekend in Auckland on March 6th and 7th 2021 where the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand will race the winner of the PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series which will be raced in January /February 2021. But that’s not all.
2021 marks the 150 year anniversary of Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - represented by Emirates Team New Zealand - and the Club is organizing a plethora of events happening in conjunction with the America's Cup itself.
Kicking the celebrations off will be a race to Kawau Island on New Year’s Eve 2020 followed by the Kawau New Year’s Day Regatta and the Kawau to Great Barrier Cruise from the 3rd – 6th of January.
On the 1st of February an off shore race from Sydney to Auckland will be held in collaboration with the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.
Superyachts will be joining in the celebrations as well, with a superyacht regatta locked in for the 25th – 27th February that the RNZYS is organising in Auckland, which will likely be the biggest that has ever been seen on New Zealand waters.
In addition, from the 1st to 6th of March Auckland will host the J Class Yacht fleet, which would have been already warming up in February in the Bay of Island regatta. J Class - one of the boats that made history in the America’s Cup - will be a spectacular sight and will add a great deal of excitement for the general public.
2021 will definitely be a big year for New Zealand sailing with at least two more globally recognized events that are in the pipeline. As RNZYS Vice Commodore Aaron Young explains: “We have formally invited the 52 Super Series fleet to join us from Europe for an official 52 Super Series regatta, as well as the 12m fleet to join us from Europe and USA to celebrate our big year with us.”
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) General Manager, Destination Steve Armitage says 2021 is going to be an unprecedented year for the region.
“Auckland is gearing up to host a mega year of events starting with the 36th America’s Cup, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadrons 150th and finishing with APEC Leaders’ Week. There will also be a diverse array of international sporting events such as the Women’s Rugby and Cricket World Cups, World Softball Championships, the national kapa haka festival, Te Matatini, along with the exciting annual events calendar,” he says.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming the world here and showing off Auckland’s stunning natural attributes, culture and city sophistication.”
“The team at the RNZYS are very busy working behind the scenes to get all of the planned events fixed in the calendar. Entries are now open for the major events, so stay tuned for more dates and details to be announced in the coming weeks.” – RNZYS Vice Commodore Aaron Young.
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The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron:
Throughout its 150 year history, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has led the world of yachting in many respects, being the only club to win, lose and then win back the world’s oldest sporting trophy – The America’s Cup. It has trained many world champions in various disciplines of the sport. The largest sporting club in New Zealand also runs a variety of volunteer programs that will be essential to the delivery of what will be a bumper 2021.