America’s Cup

TV ONE has added two extra highlights programmes to this weekend’s America’s Cup coverage, as Kiwi support for Team New Zealand reaches new highs.

With Team New Zealand and Alinghi tied at 2-2, yachting’s ultimate prize could be won or lost this weekend.

To ensure New Zealanders don’t miss a beat of the action, on or off the water, TV ONE is pulling out all the stops, with comprehensive around-the-clock coverage of the world’s oldest sporting contest.

TV ONE’s exclusive, free-to-air coverage begins with race five, LIVE from Valencia, in the early hours of Saturday morning (12.10am).

Highlights of race five will screen at 7am on Saturday (a new addition to the schedule) and will be repeated at 3.30pm. Coverage of race six begins at 12.35am on Sunday morning, with highlights at 7am (new) and again at 2pm. The weekend ends with race seven, in the early hours of Monday morning (12.35am).

Throughout the weekend, TV ONE’s News and Current Affairs team will bring New Zealand viewers the best coverage of this great sporting event – on and off the water. ONE News anchor Wendy Petrie is reporting from Valencia this weekend, joined by European correspondent Melissa Stokes and yachting reporter Martin Tasker.

Mark Sainsbury is also in Valencia and will be bringing the latest America’s Cup news to ‘Close Up’ viewers.

TVNZ is also offering America’s Cup text alerts; providing the key information on racing delays and cancellations direct to viewers’ mobile phones. It’s easy to sign up. Just text “ONE Sport” to 8820 to receive two text alerts each day from the start of racing until the end of the competition (initial registration texts cost 20 cents).

The first text alert is sent out at 10.30pm, which gives viewers an update on the conditions in Valencia, reminds them what time ONE Sport’s coverage begins, and is an early warning if racing is cancelled.

Dedicated fans will want to tune in to ONE Sport for the full build-up to the racing, but for those who need their sleep, a second alert will be sent out at the 10 minute gun, warning Team New Zealand fans that it’s time to turn the TV on. Text alerts will cost 50c each to receive and a full list of the terms and conditions can be found at

Join TV ONE Sport for all the action, stories and drama – on and off the water – of one of the world’s great sporting competitions, as Team New Zealand strive to bring back the Cup.