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Rod Stewart sends a message of unity to the world with his performance of ‘Sailing’ at the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland, New Zealand

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In an act of unity and support, 100% Pure New Zealand invited rock music icon, Rod Stewart to surprise America’s Cup teams with a “dock out” serenade of his hit song, Sailing.

Rock the Dock saw Sir Rod Stewart perform a powerful and emotive rendition of his iconic song Sailing, from London, with the recorded performance beamed onto the Te Wero big screen in Auckland’s America’s Cup Village, and streamed online at on Saturday 13 March.

Given the 36th America’s Cup was set to be New Zealand’s opportunity to welcome visitors from all over the world, 100% Pure New Zealand saw an opportunity to send a message of unity and togetherness to America’s Cup competitors and their fans around the world. Thousands of people across the globe tuned in to view Sir Rod Stewart’s special message from New Zealand.

The iconic rocker previously shared a message to the world, rallying people to singalong with him from wherever they are in a show of unity and support for the America’s Cup teams and their fans.

I have a great big soft spot for New Zealand since two of my children are Kiwis and so I’m pleased to be a part of the America’s Cup and sending the Kiwis message of togetherness out to the world. I hope my performance of Sailing brings some joy to fans in these challenging times.” Says Sir Rod Stewart.

“New Zealand is incredibly proud to be hosting the 36th America’s Cup and supporting Emirates Team New Zealand as well as the teams who have come to compete. Aotearoa’s warm welcome and manaakitanga will be in full force as we cheer on our international friends at this special event. We look forward to welcoming back international visitors when the time is right,” says Tourism New Zealand, Interim Chief Executive, René de Monchy.

“We think Rod performing Sailing really captures this notion with its poignant and fitting lyrics, as well as Rod’s connection to New Zealand.”

The performance celebrated the beginning of racing in Auckland, as the world tuned in to witness the spectacle of the 36th America’s Cup, and surrounding excitement.

Auckland Unlimited, Chief Executive, Nick Hill commented “We’re grateful to be in a position to host a major global sporting event amid a pandemic in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland. It’s not been without its challenges, but we know the world has been watching the amazing spectacle take place on the Hauraki Gulf and storing away these pictures for future travels. It seems only fitting to mark the start of the 36th America’s Cup with something special that brings the country together.”

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