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 The NZ Lotteries Commission has come to the AC party, announcing an allocation of $20 million in grant funds to help communities throughout NZ benefit from the 2021 America's Cup.  Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin told Parliament the stand-alone fund will help community groups apply for grants that "will allow them to create community benefit related to Auckland hosting the Cup thus maximising the benefits from the event.

There was a long list of stuff they won't fund and it's obvious it will be up to yacht clubs and community programs to put their thinking caps on and figure out ways to tap into this rich vein of cash.

The full story is reported in sail-world.com at https://www.sail-world.com/news/212605/Yacht-clubs-able-to-apply-to-new-USD20m-Am-Cup-Fund

“The America’s Cup is a global event, and having it here is a significant opportunity – one that can benefit towns and cities across New Zealand in the lead up to, during and post-2021,” Minister Martin said.  “While Auckland will be hosting the event, the Fund aims to spread community gains across the country.”

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On 11/29/2018 at 10:08 PM, KiwiJoker said:

 The NZ Lotteries Commission has come to the AC party, announcing an allocation of $20 million in grant funds to help communities throughout NZ benefit from the 2021 America's Cup.  Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin told Parliament the stand-alone fund will help community groups apply for grants that "will allow them to create community benefit related to Auckland hosting the Cup thus maximising the benefits from the event.

There was a long list of stuff they won't fund and it's obvious it will be up to yacht clubs and community programs to put their thinking caps on and figure out ways to tap into this rich vein of cash.

The full story is reported in sail-world.com at https://www.sail-world.com/news/212605/Yacht-clubs-able-to-apply-to-new-USD20m-Am-Cup-Fund

“The America’s Cup is a global event, and having it here is a significant opportunity – one that can benefit towns and cities across New Zealand in the lead up to, during and post-2021,” Minister Martin said.  “While Auckland will be hosting the event, the Fund aims to spread community gains across the country.”

A global event would need to have more than 4 countries involved. But leave it to the kiwis to make the America’s Cup sound like it matters.

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14 hours ago, sunseeker said:

A global event would need to have more than 4 countries involved. But leave it to the kiwis to make the America’s Cup sound like it matters.

For a sport to have global appeal it doesn't even need to be an international competition.

EPL

IPL

NBA

Super Bowl

All these have world wide interest and could be considered global events, certainly if you were hosting parts of them you would promote it as such, none of them are even international events from a sporting perspective.

How about F1, how many countries are represented there? There are 10 or something teams and they basically represent companies...

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46 minutes ago, Boybland said:

For a sport to have global appeal it doesn't even need to be an international competition.

EPL

IPL

NBA

Super Bowl

All these have world wide interest and could be considered global events, certainly if you were hosting parts of them you would promote it as such, none of them are even international events from a sporting perspective.

How about F1, how many countries are represented there? There are 10 or something teams and they basically represent companies...

If you think the globe cares about the America’s Cup, you are delusional. There’s maybe a couple of hundred thousand people in the US that care even a little bit, if that. 

The America’s Cup is a tiny niche audience, which has lost a lot of appeal of late.

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The point of the Lotteries Commission largess seems to be lost here as prognosticators attempt to define "global."

For the Kiwi sailing and AC zealots amongst us surely the issue worth discussing is the willingness of the powers-that-be to dump $20 mil into America's Cup awareness and promotion to the unwashed Kiwi masses.

Real nice to see America's Cup competition earmarked for some serious loose change to spread the sailing gospel.

Hard to come up with ideas at first blush but a bit if Googling reveals local sailing clubs all over the country have benefitted from nationwide tours by ETNZ featuring the America's Cup and some of their top sailors.

Just a couple of examples.  Wanaka Sailing Club on the shores of Lake Wanaka, not far from Queenstown, now has an oversubscribed O'pen Bic sailing development program after raising $40,000 for ten boats.  Russell Coutts had a hand in that. And Sir Rusty is now Commodore of the minuscule Manly Sailing Club near his new home on the Whangaparoa Peninsula just north of Auckland where interest in youth sailing is exploding.

I'm looking forward to hearing something more innovative than "We need more boats or launch ramps" from exisiting clubs or associations.

 

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