July, 2017Plans are afoot to host an America's Cup title defence in Queenstown.
The idea was originally mooted last year by America's Cup Event
Authority chief executive Sir Russell Coutts, who has a home on the
Crown Range, near Queenstown.
The Park Street Yacht Club has proposed to hold the race in Lake
Wakatipu with a course map showing the race finishing in front of
Sunshine Bay and the cup village situated in Kelvin Heights.
A map key shows where spectators could view the race, where super
yachts could moor and where VIPs could sip cocktails and take in the
A post on the club's Facebook page says the course plan takes in to
consideration maximum public visibility, sponsorship opportunities and
historic wind pattern algorithms.
It also says the plan was created following extensive consultation with
international yachting consultants, potential sponsors and the wider
The Wakatipu Yacht Club is the only Yachting New Zealand-affiliated
club in Queenstown.
Park Street Yacht Club commodore, who only wanted to be known as
"Jolly Roger", said although the proposal was "a pipe dream" and a bit
"tongue-in-cheek", Queenstown shouldn't be ruled out from hosting
some lead-up events to the 36th America's Cup including the youth
"I think it's really important that we use this to showcase ... and
embrace regional centres," Roger said.
"Really what we're doing is we're just putting our hand up and saying
come on guys, lets just not have it in Auckland.
"Wouldn't it be fantastic to have some of our young [sailors] on Lake
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