Please select your home edition

Americas Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand is first team to set up for AC36

by Richard Gladwell, 11 Oct 2018 01:41 PDT
Emirates Team New Zealand's new base having repairs and alterations undertaken last week © Richard Gladwell

Emirates Team New Zealand has started the shift from the concrete bunker which served as an oil storage facility administration office, to the glass palace, which dominates the Viaduct harbour, with its distinctive roof and otherwise known as the Viaduct Events Centre.

A week or so ago the VEC was hosting the Auckland On the Water Boat Show, and what is now covered with desks and partitions was filled with shows stands, including ours at Sail-World.

It was also the focal point for the Volvo Ocean Race, housing The Boatyard, with the Volvo Ocean race fleet parked outside either on the hard stand or in a specially constructed marina.

The bunker and its attendant container walled tent city was spartan, and few if any professional sports teams would have worked under such conditions, let alone made the comeback from the 11-8 win result, and the devastating final week of the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco.

The key to the shift to the new building is to retain the Team Tough culture that has got the team out of some very difficult situations over the past few years. Now they are in the most salubrious team base in America's Cup history.

Oddly enough the acquisition of the swank VEC by the team was the result of desperate 11th hour cost cutting to stop the team giving up on its dream of hosting the 36th America's Cup in Auckland and instead taking the event to the alternate venue in Italy. The VEC was originally planned to be used as a media centre and international broadcast centre for the event, and those plans have had to be reworked to arrange other premises.

Ironically under most of the eight plans developed for the hosting of the 36th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand was the last of the teams to move into its allocated base. Under one scenario for base delivery, the Defender would have launched both its AC75's before it received its new base area. It didn't have the depth of water off its former base to even float an AC75, and clearly they were on a hiding to nowhere. Now it is has got a jump of 12 months plus on the Challengers.

Related Articles

America's Cup: Base construction - Timelapse Video
Check this timelapse video of the America's Cup base construction in Auckland The infrastructure build project for the 36th America's Cup has been underway for over six months.Take a look at this time-lapse footage of our progress over the first sixth months of the 36th America's Cup infrastructure project Posted on 19 Jul
America's Cup: Construction Update for June 2019
All 84 piles for the Hobson Wharf extension (Luna Rossa base) have been installed, with 12 remaining The Wynyard Edge Alliance, a consortium charged with the construction of the America's Cup bases in Auckland is making good progress as detailed in their report as of the end of June 2019. Posted on 17 Jul
America's Cup Hall of Fame 2019 inductees
Dyer Jones, Henry Racamier and Bill Trenkle Bill Trenkle is among the leaders who exemplifies what racing in the America' Cup symbolizes. He was part of both winning and losing campaigns and had an excellent reputation for his skills and integrity. Posted on 15 Jul
First America's Cup World Series confirmed
The first of the America's Cup World Series has been confirmed for April 23-26 The first America's Cup World Series (ACWS) regatta of the 36th America's Cup cycle will take place in Cagliari, Sardinia from April 23 – 26, 2020. The announcement was made at an event hosted by the Challenger of Record at New York Yacht Club Posted on 13 Jul
America's Cup: Ainslie on Brit's AC75 strategy
After an indifferent performance at the 2017 America's Cup in Bermuda, INEOS Team UK skipper Sir Ben Ahead of the launch of their AC75 INEOS Team UK skipper Sir Ben Ainslie outlines the changes post-Bermuda; gives insights into their test boat strategy and performance and their program for the AC75; thoughts on SailGP and Royalty on the AC75. Posted on 12 Jul
America's Cup: Luna Rossa goes sailing in Cagliari
Challenger of Record for the 36th America's Cup, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli have released a new video Challenger of Record for the 36th America's Cup, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli have released a new video showing the preparation of their new test yacht modelled on the AC75, whose launch was announced for August 25. Posted on 8 Jul
Four America's Cup Challengers confirmed
DutchSail say they are unable to compete in Auckland for 2021 America's Cup The Challengers for the 2021 America's Cup have been confirmed at four teams after the entry from the Royal Netherlands Yacht Club, DutchSail, advised that they were unable to make a commitment to compete by the July 1. Posted on 1 Jul
Am Cup: Stars & Stripes confirm ahead of deadline
Overnight, Long Beach Yacht Club has confirmed their entry in the 36th America's Cup as requested Overnight, Long Beach Yacht Club has confirmed their entry in the 36th America's Cup as requested by Emirates Team New Zealand, Posted on 30 Jun
America's Cup: New faces in ETNZ sailing team
Strong Olympic flavour in Emirates Team NZ's initial America's Cup Sailing Team America's Cup Champions, Emirates Team New Zealand have announced an initial 14 strong Sailing team ahead of the launch of the team's AC75 in late August/early September. Posted on 27 Jun
America's Cup cheat sheet - two years on
It's exactly two years since Emirates Team New Zealand won the America's Cup in Bermuda It's exactly two years since Emirates Team New Zealand won the America's Cup in Bermuda, and a lot of water has flowed under Te Wero Bridge, in Auckland's Viaduct, since then. Posted on 23 Jun
Naiad 660x82px_RescueGul 2019 CODEZERO EVO FooterMelges IC37 2019 Footer