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EMIRATES TEAM NZ AMERICA’S CUP BASE PLAN AGREED FOR AUCKLAND

EMIRATES TEAM NZ AMERICA’S CUP BASE PLAN AGREED FOR AUCKLAND

30 March 2018

News of Emirates Team New Zealand regarding an agreement in principle between the New Zealand Government and Auckland Council on a final plan for the America's Cup Base was announced March 26, 2018 by Emirates Team New Zealand, reports Duthie Lidgard, director of Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ, noting: "Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ offices are fielding marina berth requests days after ETNZ confirms America’s Cup in Auckland".
 
Emirates Team New Zealand is pleased to confirm agreement has been reached in principle between Government and Auckland Council on a final plan developed by Emirates Team New Zealand that will see the 36th America's Cup be sailed in Auckland in 2021 pending approval by the Auckland Council Governing Body and final sign off by Finance Minister Grant Robertson.

"This is a huge relief to have reached the agreement with Government and Council over the event venue and host agreement. Our determination to have the event in Auckland never wavered despite plenty of challenges right up until the 11th hour," said CEO Grant Dalton.

"It has been a very complex and time-consuming process for everyone so it is pleasing that all parties have seen the collective benefit of the innovative base proposal put forward by Emirates Team New Zealand late last week."

The Emirates Team New Zealand plan essentially eliminates the need for an extension of the Halsey Wharf which brings with it a significant cost reduction and situates the team in the Viaduct Events Centre. One team would then be housed on the extension on Hobson Wharf, while the remainder of the team bases lines up along the Wynyard Wharf.

"Excitingly, what we have in the agreements is essentially the start of the event build," said Dalton.

"In saying this, there isn’t time to celebrate, the clock has been ticking for the past 9 months and there is a huge amount to organise and build in a very tight timeline. But it is a line in the sand where everyone collectively can now focus on working together to deliver the best America’s Cup in history and the most successful and inclusive major event New Zealand has ever seen for all New Zealanders."

newsletter for Summer of 2017-18

newsletter for Summer of 2017-18

21 November 2017

 

Contents

  • Conservatory Bar and APSNZ have come together to create a Superyacht Crew Bar in Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, offering Tax Free Drinks and Food!! 

  • Our featured Region of the month is the cruising destination Bay of Islands

  • ‘Glamping’ (derived from glamorous camping) is an international travel phenomenon and New Zealand offers some of the world’s best locations.

  • Whether you want to walk, hike, run, bike or horse ride, explore rocky coastlines and sheltered bays, lush native forest or wide open spaces, wildlife sanctuaries or bustling city streets, there's a wide range of tracks and trails in the Auckland region for all levels of experience.

  • Upcoming summer events feature races, sports events, celebratory parties, and international musical artists, groups, orchestras in concert  - we provide a list.

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Auckland begins preparation for Americas Cup 2021

03 October 2017

 

With many confirmations surrounding the 2021 Americas Cup being made, superyachts are beginning to plan their cruise south to time it with this exciting event. Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton, confirmed that the boat will be the AC75 Class and will be a 75-foot-high performance monohull. The design concepts of which will be published by the 31st March 2018.                                         

Greg Kelly of the New Zealand Superyacht Group said “Auckland normally hosts about 30 superyachts over 30m per year and hoped the Cup would lift that number to in excess of 80.  The superyacht industry is expecting a big boost from an America's Cup event should it be held here in Auckland. There are hopes the infrastructure that needs to be built to cater for the growing number of superyachts will be permanent to cater for an ever expanding market.”

Managing director of Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ, Duthie Lidgard, said he believes now with the Pacific becoming more of a tourist and cruising destination more boats will continue to make the effort to travel to New Zealand and with the extra added bonus of the cup many will make the journey down.”

"With the average vessel now up over 55m in length, the boats are adventuring more and New Zealand always seems to be part of their bucket list. We are already in talks with several vessels three years ahead of planning their trip to New Zealand and the win has increased interest in cruising and chartering in New Zealand waters," said Lidgard who ventured to Bermuda to watch the Cup earlier in the year.

With another event of this kind held in Auckland we would definitely need to see a new major development to ensure we have sufficient infrastructure, base facilities for challengers and new berths for visiting superyachts and he believes these changes will definitely occur.  “In the last 15 years since the last cup, cruising outside of the normal Mediterranean/Caribbean run is becoming more normal than the exception.  The rise of Expedition Style motoryachts is creating a long range cruising environment and the Pacific is still offering untouched cruising grounds.

''For the last four years our marinas have been at near maximum capacity for the superyacht visitation each summer, the Americas Cup coming to New Zealand will definitely see a much needed boost for the local industry over the coming years." 

Key dates to keep in mind:
30th November 2017: AC75 Class concepts released to key stakeholders
1st January 2018: Entries for Challengers Open
31st March 2018: AC75 Class Rule published
30th June 2018: Entries for Challengers Close
31st August 2018: Location of the America's Cup Match & The PRADA Cup confirmed
31st August 2018: Specific race course area confirmed
31st December 2018: Late entries Deadline
31st March 2019: Boat 1 can be launched
2nd half of 2019: 2 x America's Cup World Series Preliminary Events
1st February 2020: Boat 2 can be launched
2020: 3 x America's Cup World Series Preliminary Events
10th-20th December 2020: America's Cup Christmas Race
January & February 2021: The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series
March 2021: The America's Cup Match

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Implementation of New Zealand’s biofouling regulations. (mandatory from May 2018)

28 September 2017

 

In May 2018, the Craft Risk Management Standard (CRMS) for Biofouling will go into effect. This new standard will require that all vessels entering New Zealand Territory arrive with a “clean hull”. The thresholds for what constitutes a clean hull is dependent on a vessel’s itinerary- “short stay” vessels are those intending to stay in New Zealand for 20 days or less and to only visit ports designated as Places of First Arrival, and “long stay” vessels are those intending to stay for 21 days or more or to visit ports not designated as Places of First Arrival. As superyachts often come to New Zealand for extended periods of time and/or visit areas of high ecological significance that are not designated Places of First Arrival (i.e. Milford Sound), most will fall into the long stay category, and will have to comply with more stringent biofouling thresholds. Under the CRMS, long stay vessels will only be allowed a slime layer and gooseneck barnacles as fouling on all hull and niche areas.

The thresholds for what constitutes a clean hull is dependent on a vessel’s itinerary- “short stay” vessels are those intending to stay in New Zealand for 20 days or less and to only visit ports designated as Places of First Arrival, and “long stay” vessels are those intending to stay for 21 days or more or to visit ports not designated as Places of First Arrival. As superyachts often come to New Zealand for extended periods of time and/or visit areas of high ecological significance that are not designated Places of First Arrival (i.e. Milford Sound), most will fall into the long stay category, and will have to comply with more stringent biofouling thresholds. Under the CRMS, long stay vessels will only be allowed a slime layer and gooseneck barnacles as fouling on all hull and niche areas.

As superyachts often come to New Zealand for extended periods of time and/or visit areas of high ecological significance that are not designated Places of First Arrival (i.e. Milford Sound), most will fall into the long stay category, and will have to comply with more stringent biofouling thresholds. Under the CRMS, long stay vessels will only be allowed a slime layer and gooseneck barnacles as fouling on all hull and niche areas.

Click to see or download a fact sheet regarding the CRMS and how superyachts can comply with the new regulations.

For more information, please visit MPI’s biofouling management page, where you can view a copy of the CRMS and specific guidance for recreational vessels.

Please feel free to contact Duthie Lidgard from Asia Pacific Superyachts +64 21 409 802 or email Duthie@asia-pacific-superyachts.co.nz with any inquiries regarding the CRMS and how you can comply. 

Emma Crawshay - New Agent

26 March 2017

 

 
 

Our newest recruit Emma Crawshay joins Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ freshly from a 5 ½ year stint on the 90 meter Royal Huisman, Athena. Whilst on board she progressed from stewardess, to chief stewardess and then finally Purser. She has completed countless shipyard periods, Atlantic crossings and trips through the Panama Canal, so knows exactly what it takes. For Emma “The move from purser to a yacht agent was made simpler having been on the other side of the fence with an insight of what goes on in the industry. I thrive on the fast paced lifestyle, not quite knowing what the next work day will bring.”

 

However, Emma wasn’t always interested in being in the superyacht industry. Originally Emma spent 2 ½ years studying towards a Computer Science and Business degree at Auckland University of Technology, she then decided to take a gap year to travel whilst she was still young. The rumours of being paid whilst travelling the world led her towards the superyacht industry. This then turned her intended gap year into 8 gap years! She explains “I want to help make the yachts time here as hassle free as possible, all the while supporting the crew by passing on local knowledge so that they can make most of everything this great city and country has to offer.”

 

Spending time on both motor and sail yachts, Emma knows her keels’ from her stabilisers’ and is well accustomed to the endless demands of keeping vessels afloat. She wants to ideally have “both crew and guests planning their next trip back to New Zealand before they even leave.”

 

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