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Fact file: New Zealand and the America's Cup

New Zealand and the America’s Cup fact file:

  • New Zealand first won the America’s Cup in 1995 in San Diego
  • New Zealand successfully defended the America’s Cup in 2000 in Auckland
  • Emirates Team New Zealand was the first non-American team to successfully win and then defend the America’s Cup
  • Kiwi sailors are represented in every competing team in the 34th America’s Cup
  • At 26, New Zealand’s Dean Barker (current Emirates Team NZ skipper) became the youngest helmsman to win an America’s Cup race (in the final race of the 2000 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 and several other key components have been designed and built in New Zealand
  • The America’s Cup iPad, iPhone and android apps have been designed by Kiwi company Animation Research - which also developed the world’s first live 3D animated graphics for sports coverage
  • 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
  • A further legacy of the Cup and New Zealand’s round-the-world racing successes has fuelled the NZ marine industry - now worth NZ$1.7 billion with 1000 companies employing 8000 people and 500 apprentices in training
  • 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

More information

Fact file: The America’s Cup

Fact file: New Zealand - a sailing nation

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