Intrigue surrounds the America's Cup returning to New York for the first time since 1912.

A portion of Team New Zealand will head for the USA tonight to begin preparations for the latest stop off on the World Series, of which New Zealand has a slim lead in the standings.

Skipper Glenn Ashby says racing at the end of the Hudson river should be quite interesting.

He says he's curious to see how the AC45's sail there as the winds are predominantly light at this time of the year.

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The team will land at the airport go straight to the hotel room and then go to the boat shed and reverse that process.

Ashby will stay in Auckland with a host of others as they continue to work on the AC50.