On Wednesday, November 13, 2013 (67 degrees high) we departed from Viaduct Harbour on an Auckland Harbour Sailing 50’yacht for a 45-minute sail on Waitemata Harbour. We sailed under the Auckland Harbour Bridge; made a U-turn and headed back. We saw the city’s waterfront and super rich yachts in the marina - a new one owned by a Russian steel owner and an old yacht Prince George had built for the Duchess of Windsor. The crew provided very little commentary on the area’s history.
• New Zealand first won the America’s Cup in 1995 in San Diego. The New Zealand boat that won the 1995 America’s Cup is in the nearby museum.
• Viaduct Harbour, site of the 2,000 America’s Cup, is where Emirates Team New Zealand successfully defended the America’s Cup.
• The Viaduct Basin, developed for the 2000 America’s Cup in Auckland, has become the hub of city dining and night entertainment.
• Emirates Team New Zealand was the first non-American team to successfully win and then defend the America’s Cup.
• 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.
• 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.
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