• The Irish city of Cork is reportedly eyeing the America’s Cup hosting rights for the 2024 event with Auckland looking on the outer. The Irish Examiner reports that Cork is lining up a bid for the event, while the Isle of Wight, China, Saudi Arabia, Valencia and Dubai have also been tipped as possible locations. According to the Examiner, a technical team from the America’s Cup organizing authority has visited Cork for a site assessment. – Full report
• No final decision has been made about where the next America’s Cup will be held – but it is highly unlikely that it will be in New Zealand. Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton on Tuesday night (June 15) told more than 400 members of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron that it was extremely unlikely that an agreement with the Government to stage the next event on Kiwi waters would be reached, after more than three months of negotiations had failed. – Full report
Has the cost of the America’s Cup exceeded what the most tenured team can afford? Here are some updates:
• Team New Zealand have given hope to some America’s Cup racing being held in Auckland even if they are forced to take the actual regatta overseas for financial reasons. Dalton said a World Series regatta in Auckland between America’s Cups was on their wish-list and that the bulk of the team’s preparations for the next defense would still be done in Auckland, where they have their own boat-building facility and base. – Full report
While historically underfunded, the Kiwi team has prevailed with less, but even they may now be unable to fund a suitable effort. Having previously announced that the venue would be revealed by September and the Protocol for the 37th edition to be published by November, the clock is ticking.
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