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Education and the America’s Cup

Published on July 13th, 2023

A partnership with New York Yacht Club American Magic and New England Science & Sailing (NESS) will develop a suite of K-8 lesson plans and curricular units that use the American Magic campaign as a learning platform to advance students’ academic achievement and social-emotional development. This work has a particular focus on high-needs learners and is also designed to increase access to sailing for all youth.

Through this partnership with the America’s Cup challenger, NESS will develop experiential lesson plans and curricular units for schools and community sailing programs. American Magic will provide NESS with resources and access to talent, providing content that will engage students and excite their learning in new and unique ways.

“America’s Cup represents the pinnacle of the sport of sailing; it’s the sailing world’s equivalent of F1 racing,” says NESS Founder and Board Chairman Spike Lobdell. “NESS’ work serves a much broader audience, broadening the pyramid, focusing on providing access and improved outcomes for high needs students. By partnering with American Magic, we will engage youth in important learning related to the science and team skills central to American Magic’s campaign.”

By participating in NESS’s lesson plans, students will explore topics such as the science of how boats sail faster than the wind, the technology that enables boats to foil, the design cycle that leads to constant advances in sailing performance, and the success skills – such as resilience, perseverance, and teamwork – that allow competitors to compete at the highest levels.

“American Magic is committing all efforts to win the 37th America’s Cup for the United States and the New York Yacht Club while reconnecting the American sailing base with this premier event,” said Mike Cazar, American Magic CEO. “NESS was a natural partner for American Magic, given NESS’ relationships with the sailing community and its commitment to inclusivity and providing underserved students with access to the sport.”

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)
Orient Express Racing Team (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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