2 Oct 2013

Welcome home ceremony for Team NZ on Friday

1:58 pm on 2 October 2013

Team New Zealand will be formally welcomed home at a public event on Auckland's waterfront on Friday.

The event is being held by Auckland Council in Shed 10 on Queens Wharf.

Screens will also be set up around Queens Wharf and the team will be later be taken by boat past vantage points on neighbouring wharves on the way to their base in the Viaduct Harbour.

Earlier, skipper Dean Barker said he would love to be part of the next America's Cup challenge.

Barker returned Auckland on Monday morning after the team's defeat by Oracle in San Francisco Bay.

He said it's important to secure key people from the team for the next America's Cup, but it is hard to do that when the event's details, times and funding are unknown.

Barker said he would like to see boats crewed only by that country's nationals in future competitions.

Australian billionaire Bob Oatley and the Hamilton Island Yacht Club in Queensland were confirmed on Tuesday as the challenger of record for the next America's Cup.

The challenge was filed on the day Australia was celebrating the 30th anniversary of Australia II's win in the 1983 America's Cup off Newport, Rhode Island.

As the Cup defenders, Oracle will choose the venue and consult the challengers on the dates, the boats and the race format.