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Prada Cup: Day 9 Preview - Course E - Third day of Finals

by Richard Gladwell Sail-World NZ 19 Feb 16:24 PST 20 February 2021
Luna Rossa - Prada Cup Finals - Day 2 - February 14, 2021 - America's Cup 36 - Course E © Richard Gladwell /

For Day 9 of the Prada Cup, and the third day of Prada Cup Finals, the course will be located on the Course E area, starting off Waiheke Island and with the top mark of the course off Eastern Beach/Maretai.

After a disruption caused by COVID19 Alert Levels racing will get underway with Luna Rossa (ITA) on four wins, and INEOS Team UK yet to score from the four races sailed.

In the Prada Media Centre the forecast is for SW winds of 9-12kts with high tide at 2.37pm and a tidal strength of less than 1kt, according to today's briefing by Regatta Director Iain Murray.

The Predictwind forecast for today is for light to moderate offshore winds initially from a southerly direction of 8 knots decreasing to 5 knots, after 1.00pm. For mid afternoon the forecast from Predictwind says to expect Southerly of 4 knots increasing and shifting to a to a Westerly of 7 knots. Late afternoon from 5.00pm the breeze is expected to be a westerly of 3–11 knots backing to the south at 3-11 knots, in the evening.

The lower wind limit of 6,5kts on a rolling boxcar average, taken over a 30second period between the ninth and fourth minute before the start of racing. The boats enter the start box two minutes before the start.

Course E was originally designated as a Foul Weather course, and is the area known as "The Back Paddock" where Emirates Team NZ have trained for the last three America's Cup campaigns in the AC72, AC50 and now the AC75.

The ideal place to view the racing will be from Musik Point and Eastern Beach - we have detailed instructions as to both these locations below.

Better conditions are expected on Sunday with the course likely to be on Course A - on the old America's Cup courses used in 2000 and 2003.

With the race courses being held away from the best viewing for shore-based spectators, there are two ways of viewing the action, other than just sitting in front of a TV or computer/phone screen

Contact the Cup Cat who have a luxury spectator vessel out on the water and close to the race course, they have space left for today and tomorrow, Sunday. click here to find out about viewing from the Cup Cat.

Or you can have the experience of a lifetime watching a race from a helicopter with Helicopter Me flying both days this weekend. Other than a few media most never get the opportunity to see America's Cup racing from the air, and the Airbus Eurocopters operated by Helicopter Me are the ideal machines with large windows, executive spec interiors and noise cancelling BOSE headsets making them perfectly comfortable for the 30-45 minute duration of this ultimate helicopter experience. A chopper is one of the few ways of keeping up with an AC75 ripping along at close to 50kts.

Of course the riding on the Cup Cat or Helicopter Me make the idea surprise/corporate reward /birthday or whatever anniversary is coming up. The recipient will never forget this experience.

America's Cup Cup fan apparel is available through the official supplier the official America's Cup store or the Emirates Team New Zealand shop. You can buy in-store, or online from New Zealand or anywhere in the world. With the 36th America's Cup Match just two weeks away be prepared to show your support for your favorite team.

Betting on the Cup

We have an interesting story from the TAB posted Friday night on how they see the odds shaping up for the various teams and outcomes. You can read it at by clicking here - it also reveals the odds history for all the teams including Emirates Team New Zealand and how these have moved around since the start of the Regatta. If you want to know the predicted outcomes - read the TAB story, and if you are prepared to pit your skill and knowledge against the bookies - then make an investment.

You can follow the TAB prices and see how they changes according to how the bookies see the Prada and America's Cups playing out. Click here to see the summary results and then follow the rest of the detailed pricing. Suffice to say the odds for Luna Rossa have been shortened after yesterday.

Final, Race 3 Luna Rossa (ITA) vs INEOS Team UK (GBR) starting at 4.00pm NZDT

Final, Race 4 INEOS Team UK (GBR)vs Luna Rossa (ITA) starting at 5.00pm NZDT

How to follow the racing:

From my Spy Guide (covering all vantage points which I have been using to follow the AC75's since September 2019) you can gauge the best sites for viewing from shore - binoculars are recommended but not necessary:

Course A: Takapuna Beach/Boating Club, or any of the beaches north to Campbells Bay. Kennedy Park just after you exit Castor Bay and before Campbells Bay offers a good cliff top view. At Kennedy Park walk back along the clifftop towards Castor Bay until the cliff foliage clears and you should get a panoramic view of the race.

Devonport Wharf - easy parking but no real views past North Head: Course C

Torpedo Wharf - good parking, good views and a shed to shelter in - but you can't see up the Rangitoto Channel - Course C

North Head - lower is better - Course C

Takapuna Grammar - Course B and C

Eastern Beach - just look on Google maps - Course E

Musick Point - look on the street views of Google maps there is a road through the Golf Course - with a car park at the top, park there and walk through to your right, there is a clearing there opening right up onto Tamaki Strait and Waiheke. Should take 40 minutes in light fast traffic. - Course E

Live spectator location and Course Diagram for Semi-Finals - Day 1

You can track your live location in relation to the spectator perimeter two ways:

The America's Cup website:

The Predict Wind App or website: download the App

Race Course details and the spectator location finder are updated every race day at 11:00 and are Live until 18:00. Outside of these hours the location finder will not work. For this service to work please ensure the GPS location is enabled on your device.

The Auckland City Guide as as follows:

Courses A, B and C will provide great viewing for people on North Shore.

  • Course A - good viewing to be had from Milford and Takapuna beaches.
  • Course B - Cheltenham Beach, Narrow Neck Beach, Maungauika North Head
  • Course C - Maungauika North Head, Bastion Point, Tamaki Yacht Club and Mission Bay
  • Course D - Southeastern beaches will be the place to watch, with locations including Achilles Point and Glover Park
  • Course E - Action on this course is within sight of Maraetai and Musick Point.

    Getting around during the 36th America's Cup

    It will be busy, so plan ahead get there early and allow plenty of time for travel. The 36th America's Cup Village, located at the start of Hobson Wharf will be open on Race days - 9am-11pm; Non race days -10am-10pm Public holidays - 10am-9pm.

    For the best transport links and for all info click here

    Listen via radio - highly recommended to get the best on shore viewing experience

    Radio for Prada Cup and the Match AC 36 Auckland 2021

    There are two options - all with commentary by the world's leading America's Cup broadcast commentator, Peter Montgomery and two co-commentators. They are not on the water but are in a studio with all the essential feeds and are real-time (no delay or latency on AM radio)

    Online with iHeartRadio (an internet App Note downloadable from the Playstore (Android) or AppStore (Apple).

    This App will work anywhere in the world - but online there is a time lag of around 30 - 40 seconds.

    New Zealand only, there is a in real time commentary, with terrestrial Radio.

    For the Prada Cup and the Match

    Online with iHeartRadio Search for iHeartRadio then enter GOLD AM

    Auckland in real time you need a Radio.

    Tuned to GOLD AM 1332, previously the frequency for Radio Sport (or on Gold AM old Radio Sport round rest of NZ)

    Then for the Match also NEWSTALK ZB FM 89.4 AM 1080

    Television coverage in New Zealand is Live on TV1 starting at 2.00pm

    On the Internet live coverage is available on Sail-World's home page

    For those who have been geo-blocked, an experienced sailing journalist will be updating regularly on on the progress of the racing along with comments picked up from the TV feed. Sail-World has the only sailing photo/journalist on the water, and the report will be further updated after the conclusion of the racing to provide an accurate record and independent record of the day.

    Video coverage is generally is available on Youtube and search for/subscribe to America's Cup

    Or from the America's Cup website

    Some countries may be geo-blocked due to TV rights issues. You can usually get around these by a VPN (Virtual Private Network) piece of software which will mask your location. Or download the Opera browser and view through that - which is understood to contain its own VPN.

    Here is the download link - we ave used Opera only for a few days, it seems to be very good

    The explanation for countries which are geo-blocked (mainly USA) is as follows:

    On NBC Sports, the schedule is as follows (no extra paid subscription needed):

    6 days of PRADA Cup live

    10 days are same day delay

    1 day is next day delayed

    The first two days of the Match will be live

    The next two days will be same day delay - delayed by an hour for scheduling reasons

    The final three days are TBD

    Generally, the delayed broadcasts are because of wider scheduling issues with other sports events.

    NBC Sports carries the ACTV 'World Feed' and the schedule gets stronger as the competition progresses- including Friday night 9pm Live on NBC Sports on both of the next two weekends.

    With regard to NBC Gold (paid extra)- every race is live (World Feed) as well as multi feeds. *Note we have no control of what they charge for the NBC Gold

    With regard to YouTube in the US:

    All highlights are available as soon as produced and posted each day.

    However the full live racing is delayed by 48 hours.

    Basically Live racing and highlights coverage is available on in all markets where YouTube operates, except for those covered by the NBC arrangement outlined above. And I am purposely not going into detail on broadcast territories because every other territory the digital streaming rights are separated and available to all LIVE no matter what broadcaster is showing it.

    Press Conferences: Live streamed on YouTube without restriction anywhere. These start about an hour after the completion of racing.

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