The Auckland Covid-19 Alert Level may have pushed back the America’s Cup start date, but that certainly didn’t stop team New Zealand from achieving excellence. On day 7 of the 36th America’s Cup, hosted in Auckland. Emirates Team New Zealand made history by winning the cup for the fourth time. The shared excitement amongst the fleet of spectator cruises was aplenty. With cheers and champaign popping all around the Auckland Harbour. It was certainly a moment that won’t be forgotten.
From Wednesday 10th of March, Ocean Groove Cruises proudly set sail on each race day of the cup. Our boat was one of many flying the distinctive yellow and pink flag. Given only to those who Marine NZ recognised as safe commercial operators having been assessed to substantially comply with the safety standards as an operator under MOSS. This gave us the opportunity to offer sought-after America’s Cup spectator cruises to the public. These cruises proved very popular and we greatly appreciated the chance to host them.
Each race day, Emirates Team New Zealand headed out on the Hauraki Gulf alongside challengers Luna Rossa. After a couple of non-starter days, due to wind and delays, race 7 presented the opportunity for Team NZ to take the Cup. With anticipation, we watched on. As did our guests. It was a phenomenal race with a 650 metres lead on the final leg and the challenger crossing the finish line 46 seconds later. Just like that, a sensational victory was gained. Team New Zealand, cheered on by their fans on the water, around the Harbour and across the world had won for the fourth time.
We take this opportunity to thank the Maritime Officers, our crew, and our guests. All helped make each race day safe and successful. We also take this opportunity to congratulate team New Zealand on their magnificent victory. We had a great time experiencing this year’s America’s Cup with you!