News | Sailing
14 Dec 2017 17:09
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Days of Xmas
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Sailing

    Italy on standby as America's Cup host

    Team New Zealand insist Kiwi sailing fans shouldn't be anxious after declaring Italy is the backup host of the next America's Cup.


    Team New Zealand insist Kiwi sailing fans shouldn't be anxious after declaring Italy is the backup host of the next America's Cup.

    The Kiwi syndicate threw a curve ball into their announcement on Friday of protocol for the 2021 regatta which is intended for Auckland.

    Team NZ chief executive Grant Dalton revealed there is no infrastructure yet in place in New Zealand's biggest city to host the regatta.

    With the protocol now unveiled, Dalton says it is a priority for Auckland Council and government officials to establish a host city agreement and begin the complex task of establishing a venue and facilities capable of staging a large-scale global event.

    Dalton estimates 30,000 square metres of space will be required to host bases for the defenders and challengers, either on existing Auckland waterfront land or at a newly-created area.

    Dalton wants facilities completed before the first boats arrive midway through 2019 for pre-regatta races.

    A deadline of August 31 next year has been established to confirm a venue and race course.

    Dalton says the deadline isn't intended as a threat to local officials.

    He added the Italian connection was announced simply to provide certainty to challengers, something Team USA didn't do in the leadup to this year's regatta in Bermuda.

    "Auckland is where we want to hold it but we've got nothing in place yet," Dalton said.

    "It's only responsible for the challengers that they know there's a back-up if natural disaster, or whatever, happened and we couldn't hold it here.

    "If for whatever reason it couldn't come to Auckland, they need to know where it's going."

    Auckland Council bodies have reportedly been investigating the extension of various sectors of waterfront land.

    Mayor Phil Goff recently said he wanted the priority to be an infrastructure legacy for the city, as happened when the Viaduct Basin was created ahead of the 2000 defence.

    Dalton wants team bases built close together in an area open to the public to create atmosphere.

    If Auckland gets the green light, racing will take place in the Hauraki Gulf, as was the case when Auckland hosted in 2000 and 2003.

    Dalton wants the event closer to land than at those events but said Waitemata Harbour was considered too tight to stage races.


    NZN




    © 2017 NZN, NZCity


     Other Sailing News
     12 Dec: Good start for NZ youth Laser Radial pair
     11 Dec: NZ crews make strong start to Sail Sydney
     10 Dec: Supermaxis share line honours spoils
     05 Dec: Ashes sporting rivalry hits the water
     04 Dec: Drysdale content with fourth at Karapiro
     25 Nov: Team NZ win Yachting NZ's major award
     23 Nov: Kiwi Bethune stabbed in Brazil
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Australia bidding for 2027 Rugby World Cup More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Conditions thwart Rocket Lab launch bid More...



     Today's News

    Entertainment:
    Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field have a “unique relationship” 17:00

    Rugby League:
    Bromwich focused on fresh start in 2018 16:57

    Business:
    Conditions thwart Rocket Lab launch bid 16:47

    International:
    Why do robots need to do backflips? 16:47

    Entertainment:
    Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson are dating, several sources have told Us Weekly magazine 16:30

    Technology:
    Cat Person: Why a 7,201-word piece of literary fiction in the New Yorker went viral 16:17

    Law and Order:
    Thirty arrests in Waikato over drugs, guns 16:17

    Entertainment:
    Katie Holmes was inspired by Gal Gadot's portrayal of Wonder Woman for her new film 'The Doorman' 16:00

    Entertainment:
    Russell Brand's wife has "banned" him from joking about her pregnancy in his stand-up shows 15:30

    Business:
    Seven arrested in meth and cannabis bust 15:27


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd