Barcelona bets on Emirates Team New Zealand

Emirates Team New Zealand continues to take steps forward to win the affection of the people of Barcelona ahead of the 37th America’s Cup which will take place in Barcelona in 2024. This Thursday, the New Zealand team was visited at its base by the delegation of the mayor of the Catalan city, Jaume Collboni, and this made him delivery of a city flag to the CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand, Grant Dalton. It was an act full of symbolism and through which Collboni wanted to thank the New Zealand team for selecting Barcelona as the venue for the 37th Copa América.

This way, Barcelona’s flag is already flying next to New Zealand’s at the Emirates Team New Zealand base. Dalton and the director of operations, Kevin Shoebridge, were the hosts of the municipal delegation headed by Jaume Collboni. They were given a tour of the team base and were even able to see the AC75 ‘Te Rehutai’ up close. “Barcelona is once again opening up to the sea for the benefit of the entire city”, commented Collboni. Later, after the delivery of the flag, Dalton did not hesitate to comment that “it is an honor to receive this flag from Jaume Collboni. We are more than grateful for this gesture that, honestly, makes us feel even more like home”.

Barcelona, ​​in 2024, will undoubtedly become the world capital of sailing by hosting the 37th Copa América. At the moment, the teams are already settling in the Catalan city (only the French K-Challenge is missing) and they are all trying to win the love of the Barcelona population. With no Spanish team competing for the Hundred Guineas Jug, there is no home team. For example, Alinghi Red Bull Racing, which was the first to land in Barcelona months ago, wants it and opposes it.

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At the moment, Emirates Team New Zealand, American Magic, Luna Rossa, Alinghi Red Bull Racing and Ineos Britannia can be seen training in Barcelona and the sight is set on the Vilanova i la Geltrú pre-regatta next September. “We are looking forward to competing in front of the local public in Vilanova i la Geltrú. It will be a perfect setting for the first official races between all the teams, right in front of the beach and the port”, added a Dalton who is imminently waiting for the arrival of the AC40 ‘Te Kakahi’ one-design in Barcelona. The AC40 will be used in the two pre-regattas, Vilanova i la Geltrú i Jeddah, and in the women’s and youth Copa América.

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