Marinas seek expressions of interest for America’s Cup berthage | Boat International
Marinas seek expressions of interest for America’s Cup berthage
2019-07-05

Auckland’s Viaduct and Silo Marinas are calling for superyacht owners, captains and agents planning to visit the city for the 2021 America’s Cup to register expressions of interest.

The marinas, which sit within the in America’s Cup Race Village, are working closely with Emirates Team New Zealand to plan the event.

Both marinas said it is already evident that many vessels are planning to berth in the centre of the city to witness the racing action first hand.

Silo Marina (pictured) and Viaduct Marina are the official marinas for the 36th America's Cup

They have called for all boats measuring over 25 metres wishing to berth at Viaduct Marina or Silo Marina between October 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 to register their interest at ac36hub.co.nz by August 15.

It comes after both marinas reported full capacity for the last summer season.

Panuku Development Auckland’s acting general manager of marinas, Kevin Lidgard, said: “The America’s Cup is a catalyst for yet more superyachts to visit Auckland and we want to provide a warm welcome.

“This expression of interest programme allows us to identify the yachts that wish to be here. We aim for all boats to know very soon if they have a berth for the regatta period, with the option of joining a wait list if we can’t accommodate them or making arrangements with other marinas.”

Viaduct Marina (pictured) and Silo Marina sit within the America's Cup Race Village

The fully serviced marinas are located within the America’s Cup race village, in walking distance to the central business district and are also on the doorstep of some of New Zealand’s best island-cruising grounds in the Hauraki Gulf.

Lidgard recommends that all superyacht owners, captains and agents plan their trips to New Zealand well in advance.

“If we can’t offer you a berth, we can offer to put you on a waiting list or recommend that you contact other marinas,” he said.

Berth allocation decisions will be made by Panuku with Emirates Team New Zealand and the Crown.

For more information, visit ac36hub.co.nz.

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