American Magic shines as racing begins

Published on December 17th, 2020

Auckland, New Zealand (December 17, 2020) – The first racing day of the PRADA America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) Auckland concluded with New York Yacht Club American Magic (USA) leading the ranking after winning both their matches today.

A total of four matches were held for the four teams in a south-westerly breeze ranged between 15 and 19 knots, with the top speed of the day at 49.1 knots reached by New Zealand.

Race 1: New Zealand beat Italy by 3:13.
This was never close, giving the Italians an early wake-up call. This wasn’t about starts or shifts, it was about a speed difference. – Full report

Race 2 – USA beat Great Britain by 5:00
While the USA team looked solid, their victory was made easy by technical problems for the Brits. – Full report

Race 3 – Italy beat Great Britain (retired)
The Brits were the gift that kept on giving, with onboard problems keeping them from completing the course. – Full report

Race 4 – USA beat New Zealand by 0:12
The two unbeaten teams provided the match of the day, though it wasn’t close until the Kiwis gained the edge at the final weather mark and then fumbled the lead. If the USA had any edge, they limited it by conservative tactics, while the Kiwis had plenty of unforced errors while still staying in the race. – Full report

The ACWS resumes tomorrow at 3:00 PM NZT weather permitting, with exact start time published every racing day on the The ACWS is December 17-19, with the final result to determine the initial pairings for the two stage Christmas Race on December 20.

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U.S. viewers can watch all racing live on NBC Sports Gold. NBC Sports Network and will carry most of the racing either live or with a time delay, and all races will be available on replay (see schedule). International viewers can watch racing live and on replay via the America’s Cup website and the America’s Cup YouTube channel (see details).

36th America’s Cup
In addition to Challenges from Italy, USA, and Great Britain that were accepted during the initial entry period (January 1 to June 30, 2018), eight additional Notices of Challenge were received by the late entry deadline on November 30, 2018. Of those eight submittals, entries from Malta, USA, and the Netherlands were also accepted. Here’s the list:

• Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL)

• Luna Rossa (ITA) – Challenger of Record
• American Magic (USA)
• Malta Altus Challenge (MLT) – WITHDRAWN
• Stars + Stripes Team USA (USA) – WITHDRAWN
• DutchSail (NED) – WITHDRAWN

Key America’s Cup dates:
✔ September 28, 2017: 36th America’s Cup Protocol released
✔ November 30, 2017: AC75 Class concepts released to key stakeholders
✔ January 1, 2018: Entries for Challengers open
✔ March 31, 2018: AC75 Class Rule published
✔ June 30, 2018: Entries for Challengers close
✔ August 31, 2018: Location of the America’s Cup Match and The PRADA Cup confirmed
✔ August 31, 2018: Specific race course area confirmed
✔ November 30, 2018: Late entries deadline
✔ March 31, 2019: Boat 1 can be launched (DELAYED)
✔ 2nd half of 2019: 2 x America’s Cup World Series events (CANCELLED)
✔ October 1, 2019: US$1million late entry fee deadline (NOT KNOWN)
✔ February 1, 2020: Boat 2 can be launched (DELAYED)
✔ April 23-26, 2020: First (1/3) America’s Cup World Series event in Cagliari, Sardinia (CANCELLED)
✔ June 4-7, 2020: Second (2/3) America’s Cup World Series event in Portsmouth, England (CANCELLED)
• December 17-20, 2020: Third (3/3) America’s Cup World Series event in Auckland, New Zealand
• January 15-February 22, 2021: The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series
• March 6-15, 2021: The America’s Cup Match

Youth America’s Cup Competition (CANCELLED)
• February 18-23, 2021
• March 1-5, 2021
• March 8-12, 2021

AC75 launch dates:
September 6, 2019 – Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Boat 1
September 10, 2019 – American Magic (USA), Boat 1; actual launch date earlier but not released
October 2, 2019 – Luna Rossa (ITA), Boat 1
October 4, 2019 – INEOS Team UK (GBR), Boat 1
October 16, 2020 – American Magic (USA), Boat 2
October 17, 2020 – INEOS Team UK (GBR), Boat 2
October 20, 2020 – Luna Rossa (ITA), Boat 2
November 19, 2020 – Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Boat 2


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