Please select your home edition

America's Cup - Auckland's chances of hosting 36th Match get a boost

by Richard Gladwell, NZ on 15 Oct 2017
Sir Stephen Tindall (right) at the America's Cup Presentation Ceremony, Bermuda, June 26, 2017 Scott Stallard
Sir Stephen Tindall, Emirates Team New Zealand Board Chairman, and one of New Zealand's business leaders, and Founder of The Warehouse Group has announced that he is taking a year’s leave of absence from the business.

His 12-month leave of absence, after a 35-year involvement, will be from now until October 2018.

A formal press statement issued by the publicly listed company advised that Tindall's time-out would enable him to focus on other commitments, 'in particular the securing of the necessary infrastructure in Auckland to host a defence of the America’s Cup, as well as opportunities for K1W1 and the ongoing work of The Tindall Foundation.'

When asked to comment further on his role, Sir Stephen told Sail-World 'I’m going to work hard on “making sure we have it in AUCKLAND”.

'Very simple.'

Sir Stephen's involvement will add a new dimension to the analysis of four options for bases and other issues associated with the start up of a Defence organsiation.

The most viable of these would appear to be the extension Halsey Street. However almost a third of the Auckland Council voted for that to be taken off the list of options sent to the CEO for further investigation and analysis, and several others said they opposed it, however, wanted it left on the list only for the sake of receiving comment on the full range of options.

A key issue with all options is whether they could be available in time for the teams to set up in mid-2019. The teams are permitted to launch their first of two AC75 yachts after March 31, 2019 - three months ahead of the projected occupancy date.

A second issue is a difficulty the Auckland Council seem to have in adopting a proposal that doesn't have a legacy or business plan attached to it. The Halsey Street extension was added as 'futureproofing' when included in the Council's Long Term Plan in 2012.

Other options under consideration have another use planned after the 2021 America's Cup and apparently, don't take into account a successful Defence by Team New Zealand, or winning the America's Cup back at some future time in case of it being lost in 2021.

Auckland Council is expected to have to negotiate a Hosting Agreement with one of the Team New Zealand business entities, and that has to be signed off under the Protocol governing the 2021 America's Cup by August 2018.

In previous recent America's Cups, the practice has been to establish a marketing and event management organisation allied with but separate from the sailing team who concentrate on mounting a successful Defence. It is expected that a similar practice will be adopted in Auckland.

If Auckland fails to get a hosting agreement signed by the Protocol deadline then the 36th Match for the America's Cup will shift to an Italian venue.

SOUTHERN-SPARS-AGLAIA-SPARS_728X90 BottomBoat Books Australia FOOTERCollinsonCo 728x90 BOTTOM

Related Articles

Henri-Lloyd Customer Favourites
Timeless, high performing designs, chosen and worn by you Timeless, high performing designs, chosen and worn by you. Take a look at some of our customer favourites below and get ready to love any weather.
Posted today at 5:00 pm
128th Kiel Week Day 7
Subtropical strong wind on Kiel Week's Friday A show of strength by Olympic champions Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti dominated the Nacra 17 competition at Kiel Week on Friday (24 June). The mixed duo from Italy followed a single slip-up (13th) with three victories on the day.
Posted today at 3:56 pm
2022 ORC Worlds at YC Costa Smeralda Preview
Sixty-nine teams from 16 nations are assembled in Porto Cervo Sixty-nine teams from 16 nations are assembled in the beautiful harbor in front of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda getting ready to race tomorrow at the 2022 ORC World Championship.
Posted today at 11:58 am
2022 New Caledonia Groupama Race, Day 6
Eye Candy slips in under the radar They passed Kalolo, a catamaran, who had been the leading Caledonian for the majority of the race, in the final nautical miles of the 654 mile challenge.
Posted today at 11:36 am
Clipper Race Sprint from Bermuda - Race 13 results
A tactical battle to navigate the light patches to New York The 700nm mile Race 13 from Bermuda to New York had an upwind start. This four to five day race then quickly became a tactical battle to navigate the light patches ahead.
Posted today at 5:23 am
Damian wins OM International Ledro Match Race
Finding their form on the lake conditions winning the final 3-0 French match racing skipper Damian Michelier and his crew were crowned champions of the 2022 OM International Ledro Match Race last weekend, marking the first year for the popular Italian match racing event as an official World Tour event
Posted today at 5:00 am
Vendee Arctique: Bulk of fleet lands in Port Olona
Smiles, hugs and champagne greeted the fleet Smiles, hugs and champagne greeted more than half the Vendee Arctique - Les Sables d'Olonne fleet Thursday as they paraded into Port Olona on a warm, windless day after slowly jockeying down the coast.
Posted today at 4:41 am
GC32 Lagos Cup Day 1
Opens with a Psarofaghis masterclass While Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi Red Bull Racing team has topped GC32 competition for many years, they are now focused on 37th America's Cup training and so are fielding two teams on the GC32 Racing Tour: SUI 8
Posted today at 12:01 am
Letter from the Antipodes: Smiles and frowns
ETNZ's sailors getting a paddy whacking in the SailGP is the best thing to happen for their Cup Chicago came up very well as a venue offering a spectacular city backdrop; thousands of exuberant fans gathered at the finish on Day 1; good and varied sailing conditions; some opportunity for recovery from a poor start or Mark 1 rounding.
Posted on 23 Jun
128th Kiel Week Day 6
Brilliant Thursday opens Olympic part of Kiel Week Brilliant Thursday opens Olympic part of Kiel Week, eight different nations wear yellow leader jerseys.
Posted on 23 Jun