New Zealand to Host Race Series

On September 29, 2008 by

The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in active competition, predating the modern Olympics by a number of years. It is arguably one of the most important events of the sailing calendar, with countries from all over the world vying for supremacy and a chance to take home the ‘Auld Mug’. Next year’s competition will see current champion Alinghi (Switzerland) take on the BMW Oracle (USA) in a series of races.

Team New Zealand, who relinquished ownership of the America’s Cup to Alinghi in 2003, are going to hold a race series in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, for sailing syndicates left idle by the current champion and American challenger.

The victor will be given the chance to compete against Team New Zealand in a final set of races to be held at a later date. Helen Clark, the prime minister of New Zealand, is said to be overjoyed at the news: