If you are a sailing enthusiast or America’s Cup follower in Auckland take a walk across the viaduct right now and you will notice something feels different. There is a feeling that you aren’t meant to be here anymore.
Despite Auckland seeing more Americas Cup action over the summer than where the event is going to be held, it is now apparent that the mass migration north is well and truly underway.
The massive tents have gone, the dozens of containers have vanished, the fleet of chase boats hs departed and of course the AC72 is somewhere in the Pacific Ocean heading towards the northeast.
Only a handful of stragglers remain in the shell of the big red and black Emirates Team New Zealand shed tying up loose ends and getting ready to join the growing contingent on Pier 30/32 under the bay bridge in San Francisco.
Remarkably it is now only a matter of weeks until the entire team will be fully functional and back flying around in the AC72 on a very crowded San Francisco bay- there isn’t a lot of water for four AC72’s and all of their entourages.
Things move quickly in this game, so this calm before the storm is time to take a breath and get ready for a dramatic five months ahead.