America's Cup to be sailed “as close to land as possible”

America’s Cup director Iain Murray has delivered some good news for fans, declaring there is real intention to sail next year’s event as close to land as possible.

Auckland has five courses designated for racing and choosing the course each day will be dependent on the direction of the wind.

But Murray says there is hope to bring the 75ft foiling monohulls in close to Takapuna Beach and North Head on Auckland’s North Shore.

“Auckland is a great place and the desire is to bring the course to the people and to race between Rangitoto off Takapuna and round North Head,” Cup veteran Murray of Australia told French sailing site Tip & Shaft.

“We had all the fast boat worlds there, the 49ers and the Nacras worlds, last and it is a great piece of racing water. It is tidal and we can get predominantly north easterlies or south west winds which will be a good challenge for these boats.”

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