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Emirates Team New Zealand Update - the spirit of innovation


With a partnership nearing three-decades long, Toyota New Zealand’s support for Emirates Team New Zealand has become synonymous with our belief in the team.

The launch of Emirates Team New Zealand’s first boat for the 2021 campaign marked 28 years since Toyota climbed on board as a major sponsor of a team that has always believed in extending itself through innovation. And now it’s launched its second boat, a pivotal moment for the team!

From the first ‘plastic fantastic’ boats of 1992 sailing against Dennis Connor to the ‘cyclor’-powered AC50 catamaran of 2017, Emirates Team New Zealand has always found a way to innovate, no matter how crazy the ideas may have seemed to rival teams, the yachting fraternity and the public.

That innovation is set to continue in 2021 with 75-foot foiling monohulls. As a major sponsor of Emirates Team New Zealand for the past 28 years (29 in 2021), Toyota is set to continue celebrating those stories of Kiwi innovation,
guts, catastrophe, courage and ultimately belief.

“It’ll all be down to boundary pushing,” says Emirates Team New Zealand’s Ray Davies. “There are huge gains and losses to be made and the rules are broad for the boats, so it will be interesting to see what the other teams do in sail choices and the way they sail their boats.”


The PRADA America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) Auckland will see the teams congregate in Auckland from 17 to 20 December 2020. It will be the first opportunity for all the teams to race against each other on their second AC75s ahead of the PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series in January and February 2021 and the 36th America’s Cup Match presented by PRADA in March (The Prada Cup Challenger series will be held January 15 - February 22, 2021).

Following the ACWS racing, the Christmas Race will mark the start of an exciting summer of America’s Cup action in Auckland.

The 36th America’s Cup Match will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 6 to 15 March 2021, and will see the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand race against the winner of the PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series.

The winner will be the first team to score seven points.

The racing schedule for the America’s Cup Match has two races per day planned for 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 15 March.

Additional reserve days have been scheduled, but the intention is to complete the event on the weekend of 13/14 March, weather permitting.

Ray Davies shares some insights here

Take a look at the Te Rehutai luanch here

Te Rehutai ticks off day one testing here