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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's new base is blessed in Auckland

by Emirates Team NZ/Sail-World NZ 12 Sep 20:12 PDT 13 September 2022
Emirates Team NZ new base, the former INEOS Team UK facility, is blessed in an early morning ceremony by Ngati Whatua Orakei © Emirates Team New Zealand

Preparations continue with the commissioning of the "new" Emirates Team New Zealand base in the Wynyard Harbour, ahead of the team vacating their current base in the former Viaduct Events Centre.

The new base is the former INEOS Team UK facility constructed for the 2021 America's Cup in Auckland.

Continuing a respected and treasured tradition, Ngati Whatua Orakei blessed the new Emirates Team New Zealand base on Wynyard Point in a special dawn ceremony on Tuesday morning ahead of the wider team move across to its new long-term home.

It is expected that the team's AC40 will begin sailing from the base in the next few weeks.

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