Wednesday, June 19, 2024

SailGP leaves Auckland high and dry

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited has today confirmed SailGP has made the decision to not stage the lucrative event in Auckland in March next year.

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited Chief Executive, Nick Hill says the organisation worked with SailGP to explore all possible options to stage the event.

“However, the unavailability of Wynyard Point land as a spectator facility proved to be a barrier to holding the event in Auckland. This land was part of SailGP’s original vision for the sailing competition,” said Mr Hill.

“Auckland remains a world-class destination for major events. We pride ourselves on our international reputation for hosting global events, as was showcased recently with the FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

The SailGP regatta was scheduled to be held on March 23-24, 2024, as part of the new Moana Auckland ocean festival event.

(Photo: SailGP).

He said Tātaki Auckland Unlimited was excited to showcase Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour and waterfront at the inaugural festival.

“Aucklanders and visitors can look forward to enjoying a range of activities and events, including the Millennium Cup superyacht regatta, Wooden Boat Festival, the popular Auckland Boat Show and the new World Manu Champs alongside some amazing entertainment for the whole family,” he said.

In a statement, the league said preparations were progressing.

“SailGP continues to work with its partners, including relevant local and central government agencies, to progress planning for its season four New Zealand event 23-24 March 2024,” a league statement said.

“We will share more information as soon as it is available.”

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