Do you want to be in Auckland during the Americas Cup in 2021?Here is a video of the course areas. I hope to provide more insights as we go on.
The organising yacht club is the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Westhaven Marina, and most viewing boats will be leaving from Westhaven or the Viaduct, located on the south side of the Harbour Bridge.
For easy access to Westhaven Marina and the Viaduct choose accommodation around the Viaduct, Wynyard Quarter, St Marys Bay, Freemans Bay or Ponsonby. Devonport (North Shore) is one of the prime onshore viewing spots for courses B and C and there are regular ferries to the city from here.
Course E is near Waiheke Island - a wine drinkers paradise, and only a 40minute ferry ride from Auckland!!!
Some dates for your diary:
TBC. AC Challenger Series
25th-27th February, 2021 Superyacht Regatta, Auckland
28th February 2021 Dinghy Bridge to Bean Race (including TIWAL) Auckland
FEB/March TBC TIWAL Cup Auckland
1st - 6th March, 2021 J Class Yacht Fleet, Auckland
6th/7th March, 2021 - the Americas Cup starts
21st March, 2021 - Americas Cup finishes
Sometimes the quickest way to learn how to make a boat sail is to follow an experienced sailor around a racecourse.
Sailing in and amongst a fleet of boats who are looking out for your safety is also going to add a whole lot more fun to your day.
You will find local yacht clubs are very inclusive of all types of boats joining their weekend racing. The club volunteers and the club organisers make the whole experience amazing - there are so many passionate people around you. You are entering a whole new community of people who have one thing in common - they love being in, on and around the water. There are always stories to share at the end of the day whether it is battling the elements, navigating your way around a course or weaving in and out of other boats.
This is what sailing is about. It is about feeling alive and being involved in a huge community of people who want to share the feeling with you.
Go to www.tiwal.nz to get started on your sailing journey.
I am a New Zealand sailor who learned to sail in the beautiful Malborough Sounds and then went onto represent NZ at the 2000 Olympics.