Please select your home edition
Edition
RS Sailing 2019 - Leaderboard

Lockdown hits America's Cup venue and base construction in Auckland

by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz 24 Mar 02:44 PDT 24 March 2020
Lockdown - America's Cup bases - Wynyard Point - March 24, 2020 - Auckland © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com

The 28 day Lockdown ordered by the Coalition Government to eradicate the coronavirus has triggered a shutdown of America's Cup base and venue construction.

Also impacted is the development of the site and facilities by the Wynyard Edge Alliance. Fortunately the development by WEA is ahead of or close to the project plan, and running under budget. Catch up should be possible with some rescheduling and additional resources - which usually adds cost.

However the situation does not appear to be so great for the Challenger teams, apart from INEOS Team UK, which is well advanced with its base construction.

The Challengers are being hit by a double whammy with a month's delay likely in base construction - not easily caught up with the inclement weather in Auckland's winter, which already seems to have arrived.

Additionally the teams are likely to be looking to arrive in Auckland sooner than intended to escape the coronavirus which is more entrenched in Europe and UK than Auckland.

Here's a look around the base construction area, shot late this afternoon when the construction teams had packed up and left for the coming month.

Emirates Team New Zealand, has hauled its chase boats, and has to retrieve its Italy-bound AC75 Te Aihe from a ship and get it home. A month will be lost in the on-the-water development program, however design effort should be able to continue remotely. For the first time in a long while, the lights are not blazing tonight at the ETNZ base.

Related Articles

America's Cup: Grinding through the lockdown
INEOS Team UK grinder Graeme Spence shows how he stays on top of his fitness regime. Staying on the grind! The sailors are at home but they are still training. INEOS Team UK grinder Graeme Spence shows how he stays on top of his fitness regime with a homemade grinding machine. Posted today at 7:54 am
America's Cup: How do you build a flying boat?
Luna Rossa design team shows us how to go from a blank sheet of paper to a flying boat. While almost half the world is in lockdown, the team at Luna Rossa Challenge want to do what they can to keep audiences engaged and share some of the stories behind the team. Posted today at 7:18 am
America's Cup: Scott to train in Finn in Auckland
Reigning Olympic Champion says he will pack Finn to train ahead of America's Cup Current Olympic and former World Champion, Giles Scott intends to 'juggle' twin demands of America's Cup duties with defence of Finn title at Tokyo Games, raising the prospect of working up against two Emirates Team NZ Olympic aspirants. Posted on 2 Apr
America's Cup timing opportune for Kiwi tourism
"The Cup looks like a very good investment right now as it's going to give NZ a big shop window" "If we didn't have the Cup here, you'd be really scratching your head to come up with an idea to kick-start the tourism industry. The Cup has an event profile that very few other events have." Posted on 2 Apr
America's Cup: Far-off dream but a great challenge
'We will come through this and we will all be stronger for it' - Ben Ainslie “We will come through this and we will all be stronger for it. At times like these we all need a light at the end of the tunnel and, for us, that's the America's Cup.” Posted on 31 Mar
America's Cup: Arb Panel confirms ACWS Sardina off
Arb Panel decides first America's Cup World Series event "objectively impossible to hold" The Arbitration Panel for the 36th America's Cup has confirmed in its ruling that the first event in the 36th America's Cup - America's Cup World Series Cagliari is cancelled. Posted on 18 Mar
America's Cup: Beating the Bug - a look inside
Emirates Team New Zealand take us inside the team base in Downtown Auckland Emirates Team New Zealand take us inside the team base in Downtown Auckland, for a look at the measures they are taking to avoid the team being impacted by the Bug. Posted on 18 Mar
America's Cup base walkabout - Image gallery
Sail-World's camera goes walkabout around the America's Cup base construction - Image gallery With just under a year to run to the Match, Sail-World's camera went walkabout, to check on around the America's Cup base construction around the Wynyard Point and Hobson Wharf extension Posted on 17 Mar
America's Cup CoR wants new dates for World Series
CoR36 declared it was impossible to organise the first event in the America's Cup World Series On Friday afternoon, local time, the event organisers CoR36 declared it was impossible to organise the first event in the America's Cup World Series, due to the worsening international situation with the Coronavirus/COVIT-19. Posted on 13 Mar
America's Cup: ETNZ - ACWS Cagliari can't go ahead
ETNZ says "It is quite obvious that the ACWS Cagliari event cannot go ahead" The America's Cup Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand have posted an update on the America's Cup website, in response to the various actions being taken around the world in response to the COVID-19/Caronavirus pandemic. Posted on 13 Mar
Melges IC37 2019 FooterRS Sailing 2019 - FooterETNZShop-Merch-728x90 HR Bottom