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Prada Cup: Race schedule, where to watch, how to get there and road closures

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The Prada Cup can be watched from both the land and sea, with multiple vantage points throughout the region.

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The Prada Cup can be watched from both the land and sea, with multiple vantage points throughout the region.

America’s Cup challengers Luna Rossa, American Magic and INEOS Team UK will take to the water from Friday in the Prada Cup to see who will take on defender Team New Zealand.

The Prada Cup begins on Friday and runs until February 22.

Racing kicks off with four series of round robins. The teams face each other four times over the next two weekends (Friday to Sunday) with 12 races in all.

Teams get a point for each win, and the winner of the round-robin series advances straight to the Prada Cup final. The two other teams go into a semifinal.

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With the action set to begin soon, we have all you need to know about the challenger series.

Official map of the five courses available to sail the 36th America's Cup.

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Official map of the five courses available to sail the 36th America’s Cup.

How to watch in person

One of five designated course areas on the Waitematā Harbour and Hauraki Gulf will be chosen each race day, with the race director’s decision having a significant bearing on on-land viewing options.

Course selections will be shared on a range of channels, including the official America’s Cup website and social media channels.

For course A, prime viewing spectators on land is from Milford and Takapuna beach.

Prime viewing for course B is Narrow Neck and Cheltenham.

For course C, finding a vantage point in the city is your best bet. Ōrākei and Tāmaki Drive are a great spot to view races on both courses C and D.

Maungauika/North Head in Devonport is also a great spot to view races on both of those courses.

Prime viewing for course D is also St Heliers and for course E, head to Maraetai.

Fans catch the action in the America's Cup World Series from the water.

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Fans catch the action in the America’s Cup World Series from the water.

If you are out on the water and want to get as close to the action as possible, make sure you are all signed-up to the official website to get real-time info on race day.

How to keep up on the go

If you are out and about or just want to watch the racing action from the comfort of home, the Prada Cup is free-to-air on TVNZ 1 and will be streamed live on Youtube, Facebook and the official website.

If it rains or pours

INEOS Team UK.

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INEOS Team UK.

If the weather takes a turn for the worse, reserve dates are in place should a race not be able to go ahead.

Prada Cup racing schedule

  • January 15 – 17: Round Robins 1 and 2 (racing between 3pm and 5pm)
  • January 22 – 24: Round Robins 3 and 4 (racing between 3pm and 5pm)
  • January 29 – 31 and February 2: Semi-Finals (racing between 3pm and 5pm)
  • February 13 – 14, February 17, and February 19 – 22: Finals (racing between 4pm and 6pm).

For the race pairings, head here.

Where to quench your thirst while watching

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A number of spots throughout the city are hosting various events, drinks deals, pop-up bars and more.

An America’s Cup celebration isn’t an America’s Cup celebration without a trip to the cup bar, Te Pou. Located within the America’s Cup Village – which begins at Hobson Wharf and extends through the Eastern and Western Viaducts up to the Jellicoe Car Park – Te Pou resides in the heart of the action and thus, a fizzing atmosphere is guaranteed.

Running until the end of March, Te Pou will offer public and private bar and dining options to check off everything, from morning coffee through to lunch, dinner and right up to delectable evening bar snacks.

Check out this list for other downtown bars where you can catch the action.

The Prada Cup for which the America's Cup challengers will sail.

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The Prada Cup for which the America’s Cup challengers will sail.

What’s on besides the racing

If the racing doesn’t float your boat, there is plenty on in the city to enjoy instead.

The Summernova programme includes food and wine festivals, live music, arts and cultural showcases, sporting events and more.

During the Prada Cup racing window, Summernova events include:

American Magic and INEOS Team UK will be the first to face off in the Prada Cup’s round robin races.

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American Magic and INEOS Team UK will be the first to face off in the Prada Cup’s round robin races.

How to get there

With the race course chosen on the day and announced by America’s Cup management by 10.30am, Auckland Transport has said it is best to keep an eye on its website.

Road closures

Halsey St, Jellicoe St and Daldy St will be closed from 7am to 11pm on each day.

Parking restrictions apply to Halsey St, Jellicoe St, Daldy St and Beamont St from midnight on January 15 to midnight on January 18.

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