USA Team for Women’s America’s Cup

Published on December 4th, 2023

Alongside the 37th America’s Cup in 2024 will be the Women’s America’s Cup with 12 teams racing AC40s in Barcelona, Spain. The regatta itself starts on the October 10 and runs through October 15 before the Final match race scheduled for October 16 in-between flights for the America’s Cup Match itself.

The team representing New York Yacht Club American Magic will be:

• Francesca Clapcich: Park City, UT
• Erika Reineke: Fort Lauderdale, FL
• Steph Roble: East Troy, WI & Miami, FL
• Helena Scutt: Kirkland, WA & San Francisco, CA
• Sara Stone: Marion, MA
• Anna Weis: Fort Lauderdale, FL

The 6-person squad includes four Olympians, two former winners of US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award, and a recent winner of The Ocean Race.

The Women’s America’s Cup is held after the Youth America’s Cup (September 26-October 2), with the USA youth team yet to be announced. The AC40 has a helm and trimmer on either side of the boat.

“My teammates bring valuable experience from different classes, and we’re excited to learn from each other, work together, and maximize our potential,” said said Erika Reineke, 2017 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. “Training with both the American Magic Cup Team and the Youth Team is a great opportunity. We’re one team, all aiming for the same final result in Barcelona.”

Guided by Terry Hutchinson, Skipper and President of Sailing Operations, and Coach Charlie Ogletree, the development process for the women’s team was led by New York Yacht Club members Peter McClennen, Suzy Leech, and Amy Ironmonger.

“Our goal is not just to compete but to win the Puig Women’s America’s Cup, illustrating that U.S. women can reach the pinnacle of this sport,” said Leech.

Commodore Paul M. Zabetakis, M.D. added, “The fact that four of the six were members before the start of the selection process speaks to our Club’s desire to continue to be a leader in 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 begins October 12, 2024.

Teams 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)

2023-24 Preliminary Regattas
September 14-17, 2023 (AC40): Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain
November 30-December 2 (AC40): Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
August 2024 (AC75): Barcelona, Spain

2024 America’s Cup
August 29-October 7: Challenger Selection Series
October 12 – ?: 37th Match (Best of 13)

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

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