Last May, the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona signed a twinning agreement with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron – Organizing Club of the America’s Cup 2024-.
Founded in 1871 in Auckland under the name “Auckland Yacht Club”. Its name was changed to “Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron” when it was granted Royal Patronage in 1902. The RNZYS, the current home of the America’s Cup, is a spacious, multi-functional building situated at the foot of the Harbor Bridge. Its sun-kissed terraces and lounges offer magnificent views over Westhaven Marina, the CBD, Waitemata Harbor and the Harbor Bridge.
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is a pioneer club and a leading member of the International Council of Yacht Clubs.
RNZYS is the club behind New Zealand’s America’s Cup campaigns, under the names of New Zealand Challenge and Team New Zealand. They were the first New Zealand club to defend the Copa América from 1995 to 2003, and in 2000 they became the first non-American title holder to successfully defend the trophy. Following Team New Zealand’s victory in the 2017 edition, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is the current holder of the America’s Cup. On March 21, 2021, they beat Circolo della Vela Sicilia’s Luna Rossa Challenge to win the 2021 Copa América again.
Thanks to this agreement, they will be able to benefit from reciprocity between Clubs, enjoying their services and facilities, within the internal regulations of each Club.