America's Cup 2021: Weather forecast expected to favour Team NZ on opening day of racing

  • 10/03/2021

Emirates Team New Zealand will be buoyed by the weather forecasts for the start of the America’s Cup on Wednesday afternoon, with winds expected to favour the cup holders against Prada Pirelli Luna Rossa.

Earlier this week, weather forecasts indicated that light winds would be a feature of the opening day, conditions that would have favoured the Italians.

But in great news for Kiwi fans, Auckland has awoken to stronger winds than anticipated, with expected average speeds of 20km/h by the time racing begins at 4pm.

The moderate winds will no doubt favour Team NZ, who excelled in similar conditions during the Christmas Cup regatta in December.

While the designated course is yet to be confirmed, Course A or Course E loom as the most likely for the opening two races - out of a prospective 13. 

Course A - the most northern of the five -  is situated off the coast of Castor Bay and Campbells Bay along Auckland's East Coast Bays.

Meanwhile Course E is the most southern, located off the coast of Beachlands and Maraetai, which is said to suit windy conditions, particularly north-easterly and northerly winds.

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