Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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I'm not 100% sure of the dates, but I think the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series (match racing with America's Cup crews in 2 pairs of older America's Cup boats) will be on in Auckland over the time you're here (or at least part of it anyway). That would be a fantastic thing to see if you are going to be here at the right time. Those AC boats are incredible when they're fully loaded up and being sailed to the max. There will be various spectator tours on ferries and commercial launches to get you out on the water and as close as any spectator is going to get to the sailing action.
There is the opportunity to go sailing in an old AC boat - there's a company that has a pair of old Team NZ boats and you get to sail on them .... even steer if you want. Of course, that costs money, but shouldn't be horrendously expensive.
I highly recommend visiting a NZ based sailing forum as mentioned earlier and asking a similar question there. I'm sure you're going to get a lot more assistance there than you will here simply because its populated with Kiwis, many of whom are in Auckland and many of whom are active cruisers and racers and may be looking for crew or have space on their boat for a keen individual. If you need help to get to the forum I mentioned before, I'm sure it'll be worth getting the help.
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