The racing rundown

The quest for the ultimate prize, the 36th America's Cup, begins with winning the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series - an epic month of racing taking place from January 15 to February 22. 

The Prada Cup consists of four round robins of three races each, a 7 race semi-final and 13 race final between the two leading teams. Each win gets one point. 

The teams racing are INEOS Team UK, American Magic and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team. 

The highest ranked Challenger at the end of the Round Robins will automatically qualify for the Prada Cup Final. The remaining teams will then race and the first team who gets four points, will then also qualify for the Prada Cup Final. 

The Prada Cup Final will see a maximum of 13 races with a first-to-7 points rule. This determines the Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA, who will compete against Emirates Team New Zealand in March. Download the PRADA Cup racing calendar here.

Race Village

The buzzing Race Village on the Viaduct. Photo credit COR 36 | Studio Borlenghi 

The Race Village 

Situated at the start of Hobson’s Wharf and continuing through the Eastern and Western Viaduct up to the Jellicoe Car Park, the America’s Cup Race Village is now open and the best place to soak up the buzzing atmosphere. Besides the Village stage and big screens, fans can buy merchandise and test their sailing skills on the AC75 simulator. You can also enjoy a meal or drink at Te Pou, a New Zealand themed bar and restaurant, or a champagne toast at the custom-built two storey Mumm Yacht Club champagne bar, all in the heart of the race village. The Village will operate from 9am until 11pm on racing days and from 10am until 10pm on non racing days. Download the Race Village map here

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Getting here 

There are so many easy ways to get in, out and around the city centre during race days. For full details on public transport options, or if you're planning on cycling, walking or driving in, head to Auckland Transport's dedicated page