About the regatta
The culmination of the America’s Cup World Series will see the teams congregate in Auckland, New Zealand for the third and final event from the 17th to the 20th of December 2020. The regatta raises the tantalising prospect of the teams opting to race their second AC75s for the very first time ahead of the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series in January and February 2021 and the Match for the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada in March. Following the ACWS racing, a Christmas Race will mark the start of an exciting summer of America’s Cup action in Auckland.
The ACWS Auckland and Christmas Race will be held on the same racecourses as the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series and the 36th America’s Cup Match giving the teams vital opportunities to experience the race conditions they could face in 2021. The Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf are known as the jewel in Auckland’s crown and will offer a wide variety of race area options and a full range of wind directions and conditions.
Race Village at the Heart of the City
The ACWS Auckland Race Village will be located in the heart of the city, beginning at Hobson’s Wharf and continuing through the Eastern and Western Viaducts up to the Jellicoe Car Park. The headquarters of the Challenger of Record Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team is on Hobson Wharf and the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand is situated at the former Viaduct Event Centre, The remaining team bases will be at Wynyard Wharf. Temporary overlay structures will house public activation spaces which will include a performance
AC75 Flying Monohulls
ACWS Auckland and the Christmas Race will be the first time the competing teams will race their revolutionary AC75 America’s Cup yachts in New Zealand. The futuristic 75-foot foiling monohulls are capable of flying at breathtaking speeds and will be a truly spectacular sight as the crews do battle out on the waters of the Hauraki Gulf.stage, merchandise stands, viewing opportunities and interactive areas.