Photography by COR36-Studio Borlenghi
18 February 2021
While America’s Cup Event (ACE) is encouraged by the news that Auckland has come down to COVID Alert Level 2, one step closer to Level 1 potentially early next week, it is clear that Challenger of Record (Circolo della Vela Sicilia) is determined to remain inflexible to a change in the race schedule against the interests of the public and commercial benefits to the city and businesses.
ACE has consistently maintained our preference to have the best opportunity to race at Alert Level 1.
Chair of America’s Cup Events Tina Symmans said, “This is a disappointing situation, it is my responsibility to do my best to run the event with the best interests of the public and all stakeholders in mind.
“So with the current impasse, while not agreeing with the Challenger of Record, we want to see the regatta completed on the water,” she said.
“Since Sunday, we have worked really hard on behalf of everyone in Auckland and all Kiwis to give COR the opportunity to demonstrate some honour and respect for this country and delay the PRADA Cup until we have a greater chance of everyone being able to enjoy and benefit from being back into level 1.
“Clearly, they have forgotten the words of their leader Patricio Bertelli at the opening press conference. He spoke about how privileged everyone is to be in Auckland without significant COVID restrictions, and that therefore everyone has a commitment and responsibility to deliver great sportsmanship and for the PRADA Cup to be a major sporting event.
“This plea has fallen on deaf ears and it’s clear that their focus is solely on Luna Rossa taking the PRADA Cup rather than the greater good of the country, who have worked so hard in order to be in a position to stage this event,” she concluded.
With this in mind, racing under COVID-19 Level 2 can continue with the following restrictions: