Fact file: New Zealand and the America's Cup

New Zealand is preparing to host the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland in 2021.

As the winners of the 35th America's Cup held in Bermuda in 2017, New Zealand is preparing to host the next America's Cup in Auckland in 2021.

  • New Zealand first won the America’s Cup in 1995 in San Diego
  • New Zealand successfully defended the America’s Cup in 2000, only to lose it in 2003 in Auckland
  • New Zealand regained the cup in 2017 beating BMW Oracle in Bermuda 7-1. 
  • Emirates Team New Zealand was the first non-American team to successfully win and then defend the America’s Cup
  • Kiwi sailors were represented across almost every competing team in the 35th America’s Cup
  • At 26, New Zealand’s Peter Burling (current Emirates Team NZ helmsman) became the youngest helmsman to win an America’s Cup race (in the final race of the 2017 event)
  • New Zealand is a world leader in the design and building of yachts, masts, sails and gear allied to a global world-wide reputation for re-fitting super yachts
  • New Zealand is at the forefront of technology surrounding the America’s Cup - the highly innovative wing sails, foils and several other key components have been designed and built in New Zealand
  • The Viaduct Basin, developed for the 2000 America’s Cup in Auckland, has become the hub of city dining and night time entertainment - a lasting legacy of the event
  • The two America’s Cup events in Auckland were conservatively worth NZ$1.2 billion to the economy with economic impact reports stating a two-dollar return for each dollar invested
  • Visitors to New Zealand are able to have an authentic America’s Cup experience sailing former America's Cup competition yachts in head-to-head racing on Auckland Harbour