I am an Aucklander. Sad, but true. Gave up on the traffic decades ago and moved out of town.
Although the Hauraki Gulf is a great sailing venue the city traffic congestion sucks and the council (in the words of Spike Milligan) "has all the coordination of an epileptic on fire getting off a bus". So, if Goff has no vision or courage for the cup, perhaps it should be in a different town? :
1. Wellington. Sail in the harbour? Or perhaps the Cook Straits - boat design would certainly have survivability features applicable to ordinary yachts
2. Tauranga - Park a couple of cruise boats in the harbour for accommodation and use the open sea as a course - again the boats would be closer in heavy weather features to trickle down to production yachts.
3. Christchurch - An ideal combination of a harbour and a city that also provides adventure tourism, Watch the America's Cup while Experiencing Real Earthquakes !