America's Cup News AmericaOne, Seven Others Commit to Base Camp in Cup Village
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (March 16, 1997) The AmericaOne Challenge, along with seven other America's Cup competitors, announced its commitment to establishing its shore base in the New Zealand America's Cup Village on the Auckland waterfront.
America's Cup Village Ltd. Chairman Lindsay Fergusson announced the participating syndicates at a public ceremony. He said this is a significant milestone in the New Zealand' preparations for the America's Cup competition, which will get underway in October, 1999.
Downtown Auckland, Waitemata Harbour and the Viaduct Basin. Click on the image to see a larger photo.)
"Our principal objective for the New Zealand Cup Village is to provide the world's best-ever syndicates and public facilities for the regatta," Fergusson said. "We are well on the way to achieving that objective. The construction program is running four months ahead of schedule, and is within budget, despite additional costs and additional works."
The eight syndicates committing to the Cup Village include:
- AmericaOne, St. Francis Yacht Club, USA
- America True, San Francisco Yacht Club, USA
- Fast 2000, Club Nautique Morgien, Switzerland
- Prada Challenge, Yacht Club Punta Ala, Italy
- Spirit of Hong Kong, Aberdeen Boat Club, Hong Kong
- Team New Zealand, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, New Zealand (defender)
- Yacht Club de Cannes, France
Fergusson credited the "vision and drive" of the Auckland Regional Services Trust, as well as several corporate sponsors, with the development of such outstanding boating and public facilities in the heart of Auckland.
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