There are concerns superyachts moored here will soon leave for Australia, which lets vessels in without quarantine.
The trophy’s pioneers have submitted a 156-page challenge and draft protocol.
"Whoever gets to them is going to have their hands full."
It's the first time in its 76-year history that the iconic race hasn't gone ahead.
The defending champions went head to head with American Magic on Tuesday.
Newshub has been granted a sneak peek of what fans can expect next year.
The Aussie sailing larrikin isn't ready to start stirring the pot just yet.
American Magic launched 'Patriot' in Auckland on Friday.
Skipper Max Sirena says his team are ready to brawl with 'street fighters' Team NZ.