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Barcelona to host next America's Cup

Photography by: Ramon Vilalta

Barcelona will take over as host city from Auckland for the next America's Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron confirmed the 2024 event will be hosted in the region of Catalonia during September and October.

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"Barcelona really is one of the most recognised cities in the world so to have the ability to host the most recognised sailing event in the world is hugely exciting," says America’s Cup Defender Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton.

"As Defender of the America’s Cup, we have always felt the responsibility to grow the event, the audience, and the sport of sailing on a global scale and certainly having the event hosted in a significant city such as Barcelona will allow us to propel the growth trajectory on the global sporting stage," he says.

"When thinking ahead to the 37th America’s Cup and the AC75’s racing within a few hundred metres of the Barcelona beach, waterfront, and race village fan engagement zones it will be nothing less than spectacular."

Barcelona's existing world class facilities for racing, team bases, technical infrastructure, superyachts, and areas for the America’s Cup event village to host fans, hospitality, and media as well as an average wind range of 9-15 knots during the September and October race window, made the city fit for purpose.

As current holder and Trustee of the America’s Cup, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron says it is looking forward to continued success for New Zealand sailing and growth of the America’s Cup and welcomes the announcement of Barcelona as the venue for the 37th America’s Cup Match.

"Barcelona holds a very special place in New Zealand’s sailing history and we remember with pride the success of our 1992 Olympic Games sailing team and four medal result," says Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Aaron Young.

"Barcelona will be a stunning venue for the America’s Cup racing and the Women’s and Youth regattas, and we look forward to defending the America’s Cup there in 2024 as we work to promote and grow the sport of sailing around the world. There are also significant opportunities for our New Zealand marine industry, trade and sailors. Our members will enjoy exclusive benefits and travel options to Barcelona, and we anticipate a large delegation of Club members travelling in support of our Team in 2024."

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