I pretty much agree with this.I'd rather the cup had stayed in New Zealand but this is a good location - a top location actually.
I think it was a practical decision to host the cup here ( in light of the alternative) failing to defend due to lack of funding / resourcing, I applaud it.
To the alchemist and others who have suggested in recent times that dalts is letting the home fans & local marine economy down with the overseas shift, I can only say this
Winning again in this new class of boat can only be good for the local industry.
And as a fan I'd like to see them win again, as do many others I suspect.
It'll prove a high standard of competition
Which will make for excellent viewing.
Which will add value to the AC & its support industries.
... and just quietly ... a win in europe will be ok for many of us.
Also, Auckland was dubbed Stadium Course Sailing during AC36. The Problem was to race on Course C between Baston Point and North Head you needed a Southwesterly Wind Direction and the prevailing wind in the Auckland Summer Months was a Northeastern Seabreeze and with Rangitoto blocking that Iain Murray had no option then to race on Course A or E.
Here in Barcelona they can shift the axis of the Course no matter the wind direction. I can't wait to get to BCN in 2024.