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America’s Cup: American Magic in Barcelona

Published on June 22nd, 2023

(June 22, 2023) – Representing the New York Yacht Club, the NYYC American Magic Team today became the second team to sail at the 37th America’s Cup venue with the successful launch of their new AC40 that was delivered ahead of the arrival of the team’s full complement of boats that is making its way across the Atlantic from their winter training base in Pensacola, Florida.

Once some inclement weather cleared from the day before, the sailors took to the water for their first official sail. “There was a decent sea state,” noted Team Coach Tom Burnham. “It’s definitely a new challenge and something that we’re all going to have to get used to, so it’s definitely worth being here to check it out.”

Joining Alinghi Red Bull Racing in Barcelona, the NYYC American Magic team are based on the southern side of the port near the promontory of the W-Hotel and directly opposite the World Trade Centre. Two large, dockside hangars have been erected to house the team’s equipment as their base now for the rest of the campaign through to the start of the Challenger Selection Series in August-September 2024.

“There’s been a big group of people over here for a while, and they’ve been working really hard, and the base is really coming together,” observed Burnham. “It’s taken a while, it’s definitely a lot of work but the nice thing is, now we’re here, it’s our home for the next 16 months so it’s pretty exciting to be here and start operating out of our permanent base for the rest of the way through the Cup.”

The NYYC American Magic team will shortly be fully operational with two AC40s plus their modified AC75 Patriot that is on its way across the Atlantic Ocean. In advance of the first World Series event in September, the team anticipates two-boat sailing with the AC40s through into the Fall and then later in the year having Patriot on the water.

Following the publication of the AC37 Protocol and AC75 Class Rule on November 17, 2021, the AC75 Class Rule and AC Technical Regulations were finalized on March 17, 2022. The entry period opened December 1, 2021 and runs until July 31, 2022, but late entries for the 37th America’s Cup may be accepted until May 31, 2023. The Defender was to announce the Match Venue on September 17, 2021 but postponed the venue reveal, confirming it would be Barcelona on March 30, 2022. The 37th America’s Cup will be held in September/October 2024.

Teams revealed to challenge defender Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL):
INEOS Britannia (GBR)
Alinghi Red Bull Racing (SUI)
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team (ITA)
NYYC American Magic (USA)
K-Challenge Racing (FRA)

Preliminary Regattas
September 14-17, 2023 (AC40) – Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain
November 30-December 3 (AC40) – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
August 2024 (AC75) – Barcelona, Spain

Additionally, 12 teams will compete in the 2024 Youth & Women’s America’s Cup.

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