Emirates Team New Zealand
Based in Auckland, Emirates Team New Zealand represents the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
The team has become a household name around the globe, having been the first team outside of the USA to successfully defend the America's Cup in 2000, under the leadership of Sir Peter Blake. Since then, the team have been through a number of highs and lows on the water, pushing boundaries of innovation and rebuilding a team that was hungry for redemption.
17 years later coming out stronger from never to be forgotten moments, Emirates Team New Zealand were able to snatch a victory in 2017 where they sailed in Bermuda in an advanced, revolutionary boat with cyclors that powered their AC50 catamaran to a win.
In March 2021, Emirates Team New Zealand successfully defended the 36th America’s Cup to keep the cup in New Zealand, during a series of exciting races against Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli on Auckland’s stunning Waitemata harbour.
The America’s Cup
The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest sporting trophy and was first contested in 1851. Originally conceived as the 100 Guineas Cup, the race consisted of participants from the Royal Yacht Squadron (UK) and a recently formed New York Yacht Club (US) in a race around the Isle of Wight.
When the schooner ‘America’ crossed the line and beat 15 British yachts to the honours, the converted trophy was renamed the America’s Cup. From these humble beginnings, the tradition was born that the yacht club who wins the trophy, known as the defender, becomes the mandatory host of the next event, where they face the challenger yacht clubs.
Emirates Team New Zealand are the current defenders of the America's Cup, winning against Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli in Auckland on March 2021. Details of the 37th America’s Cup is being worked through with Ineos Team UK who were announced as the Challenger of Record for the next event.