Christmas Cup- Live at Takapuna Boating Club

Takapuna Boating club will be showing live on multiple screens every race of the Christmas Cup, which runs from Thursday 17th- Sunday 20th December.

The America's Cup World Series Auckland event will be the first time the competing teams will race their revolutionary AC75 America’s Cup yachts and will be a truly spectacular sight as the crews do battle out on the waters of the Hauraki Gulf. No better place to watch it than at the Takapuna Boating Club, where the action will be live on big screens and potentially viewable from our decks!
There will also be live music on Takapuna reserve throughout the event.

Takapuna Boating Club Opening hours:

Thursday 17th Dec- from 1pm
Friday 18th Dec- from 1pm
Saturday 19th Dec- from 12pm
Sunday 20th Dec- from 12pm.

Racing starts at 3pm.

All you need to know about the Christmas Cup...

This America's Cup World Series regatta is the first and only time all 4 teams will compete against each other, before the three challengers race off in Prada Cup (starting January) and Emirates Team NZ head off to train on their own in preparation to defend the America's Cup in March.


Emirates Team New Zealand- The Defender

Nation: New Zealand, Royal NZ Yacht Squadron
Helmsman: Peter Burling
Boat: Te Rehutai

ETNZ has been widely acclaimed for a radical design shift and early performance, and are considered to have the edge at this early stage. They are chasing their fourth America's Cup title.


Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team- The Challenger of Record

Nation: Italy
Helmsman: James Spithill

Luna Rossa declared it's challenge to ETNZ in 2017 and became the Challenger of Record for 2021. They have shown high levels of skill and manoeuvrability controlling their 75-foot monohull so far, and are certainly one to watch.

American Magic

Nation: USA, New York Yacht Club
Helmsman: Dean Barker
Boat: Patriot

The United States won the first America's Cup in 1851 and have successfully defended the title 24 times. Led by executive director and skipper Terry Hutchinson, and with the experienced local boy Dean Barker at the wheel, they are expected to be a very strong contender.


Ineos Team UK

Nation: United Kingdom
Helmsman: Sir Ben Ainslie
Boat: Brittania

Led by the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie, and boasting a world class sailing crew, all eyes are on Ineos Team UK, a somewhat unknown entity as this early stage.



December 17

  • Race 1 - Team NZ v Luna Rossa (15:12)
  • Race 2 - American Magic v Team UK (15:50)
  • Race 3 - Team UK v Luna Rossa (16:40)
  • Race 4 - American Magic v Team NZ (17:20)

December 18  

  • Race 1 - Luna Rossa v American Magic (15:12)
  • Race 2 - Team NZ v Team UK (15:50)
  • Race 3 - American Magic v Luna Rossa (16:40)
  • Race 4 - Team UK v Team NZ (17:20)


December 19  

  • Race 1- Luna Rossa v American Magic (15:12)
  • Race 2 - Team NZ v Team UK (15:50)
  • Race 3 - American Magic v Luna Rossa (16:40)
  • Race 4 - Team UK v Team NZ (17:20)

December 20  

  • Race 1 - Team D v Team A
  • Race 2 - Team C v Team B
  • Race 3 - Sail-off for third/fourth (Race 1 losers v Race 2 losers)
  • Race 4 - Final (Race 1 winners v Race 2 winners)

All race times depend on weather conditions.


Five courses are located around Auckland's Waitematā Harbour and Hauraki Gulf.
They are all about 3km long and between 500-800m wide, with boundaries that the boats must stay between.
At the beginning of each day, race management will choose the course, based on weather conditions, wind intensity and direction, and tides.