AC36. El challenger American Magic del New York Yacht Club, anuncia su primer equipo con el argentino Maciel Cicchetti como trimmer.



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July 2, 2018

SAILING TEAM ROSTER RELEASED BY AMERICA’S CUP CHALLENGER
NEW YORK YACHT CLUB AMERICAN MAGIC

New York, N.Y. – New York Yacht Club American Magic, the U.S. sailing team challenging for the 36th America’s Cup has announced an initial roster of 17 sailors who will train and compete with the team. The accomplished group includes nine Americans and sailors from four other nations. The 36th America’s Cup will take place in March 2021 off Auckland, New Zealand.

“We’re excited to announce the names on our current sailing team, and continue the process of building a focused and successful program,” said Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, Md.) Skipper and Executive Director of American Magic. “Every personnel decision we make in this campaign will be with a single goal in mind, and that is to win the America’s Cup in 2021. With the support of our 90-strong collection of world-class designers, boatbuilders and staff, our sailors will be capable of accomplishing that goal.”

The AC75 class, a new type of 75-foot hydro-foiling boat designed specifically for the next edition of the America’s Cup, the world’s oldest international sporting event, is expected to race with a crew of 11 sailors.

“A major consequence of the decision to return the regatta to cutting-edge mono-hulled boats of this size is that America’s Cup racing has been refocused on sailing skills and teamwork,” said Hutchinson, a 14-time world champion and veteran of four Cup campaigns. “It will take a high level of performance from everyone onboard to get these boats around the racecourse.”

American Magic’s team roster includes the combined experience of 31 America’s Cup campaigns, and three team members are previous Cup winners. Eight American Magic sailors are Olympians, with two medals won, and the roster has earned over 60 world championship victories in various classes. American Magic sailors who are also Olympic hopefuls on the US Sailing Team will be given the flexibility to pursue their campaigns for Tokyo 2020 while operating as part of the America’s Cup team.

“This team roster includes a great balance of proven experience and youth, and will help establish the next generation of America’s Cup talent in the United States,” said Hap Fauth (Naples, Fla.), Team Principal and CEO of American Magic.

“Thanks to the efforts of our partners at US Sailing, Oakcliff and other organizations that have supported high-performance sailing, we have capable athletes coming out of Olympic, foiling and development classes here at home. They will help our team win on the water, and also help reengage the American audience with sailing’s pinnacle event.”

American Magic continues to make steady progress on the path towards Auckland, and the team recently opened a dedicated boatbuilding facility in Bristol, R.I. Under the rules governing the 36th America’s Cup, the earliest an AC75 can be launched by any team is March 31, 2019. American Magic is expected to begin sailing their first boat soon after this date, and conduct initial testing on the waters of Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound.

“The return of America’s Cup activity to the Newport, Rhode Island area will be a thrilling sight for sailing fans here, across the country and around the world,” said Phil Lotz (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), the 65th Commodore of the New York Yacht Club. “For 175 years, the New York Yacht Club has been dedicated to moving competitive sailing forward. Defending and challenging for the Cup, a trophy we held for 132 years, has been a large part of the club’s commitment to our sport. We’re proud to return to the America’s Cup arena with this exceptional sailing team.”

The team, led by Fauth, Team Principal Doug DeVos (Grand Rapids, Mich.), and Team Principal Roger Penske (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) is one of three confirmed Challengers set to compete for the Cup against the current holders, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and its defending team, Emirates Team New Zealand. To date, Luna Rossa Challenge from Italy and INEOS Team UK from Great Britain have also been announced as Challengers.

“Racing for the America’s Cup is a dream shared by all competitive sailors,” said James Lyne (Granville, Vermont), Head Coach of the team. “American Magic is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our athletes. We are led by a great group of principals, have talented designers, experienced builders, and we are representing New York Yacht Club, with its unmatched America’s Cup history. The stars have aligned to give us this chance to win back the Cup for the United States.”

Sailing Team: New York Yacht Club American Magic

Skipper & Executive Director:

Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, Maryland, United States)

Helms/Tacticians:

Dean Barker (Auckland, New Zealand)
Andrew Campbell (San Diego, California, United States)
Bora Gulari (Detroit, Michigan, United States)
Ian Moore (Cowes, Great Britain)

Sail Trimmers:

Trevor Burd (Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States)
Maciel Cicchetti (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Paul Goodison (Sheffield, Great Britain)
David Hughes (Miami, Florida, United States)

Specialists:

Matt Cassidy (San Diego, California, United States)
Sean Clarkson (Mill Valley, California – Nationality: New Zealand)
Jim Turner (Auckland, New Zealand)

Grinders:

Cooper Dressler (Coronado, California, United States)
Luke Muller (Ft. Pierce, Florida, United States)
Caleb Paine (San Diego, California, United States)
Luke Payne (Fremantle, Australia)
Joe Spooner (Auckland, New Zealand)

Head Coach:

James Lyne (Granville, Vermont, United States)

About the New York Yacht Club

The New York Yacht Club was founded in 1844 when nine New York yachtsmen met aboard John Cox Stevens’ yacht and a year later its original clubhouse was built in Hoboken, N.J. The Club’s Annual Regatta was first run in 1845. The Club was the keeper of the America’s Cup from 1851 to 1983, and it organized the first transatlantic race in 1866. The Club maintains two exquisite clubhouses, on 44th Street in the heart of New York City, known for its Model Room and extensive nautical library, and Harbour Court in Newport, R.I., which annually hosts some of North America’s most prestigious sailing events, including the Annual Regatta, Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex, the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup and the Queen’s Cup. www.nyyc.org

About New York Yacht Club American Magic

Formed in October 2017 by Bella Mente Racing, Quantum Racing and the New York Yacht Club, NYYC American Magic brings together two highly successful racing programs with one of the foremost yacht clubs in the world, all with the shared vision of launching a campaign for the 36th America’s Cup competition, reconnecting the American sailing base with sailing’s premier event and elevating the quality of competitive sailing in the United States. The syndicate intends to develop and support a team that will participate in the America’s Cup competition and the Challenger Selection Series competitions that lead up to it. American Magic is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. www.americanmagic.com

36th America´s Cup. Cierre del primer período de inscripción con tres challengers confirmados.


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PRESS RELEASE 1 July 2018

ENTRIES REMAIN OPEN WHILE INITIAL 36th AMERICA’S CUP ENTRY PERIOD PASSES

RNZYS confirms Challengers accepted for 36th America’s Cup

The 30th of June 2018 marks the end of the initial challenging period for the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada, which commenced on the 1st of January 2018.

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron confirms three Challenges have been received and accepted within the terms of the Protocol of the 36th America’s Cup. The entries are in accordance with the America’s Cup Deed of Gift to challenge the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and its representative team, Emirates Team New Zealand.

The confirmed entries in order of receipt are as follows:
Circolo della vela Sicilia (Italy), represented by Luna Rossa Challenge, the Challenger of Record
New York Yacht Club (USA), represented by American Magic
Royal Yacht Squadron Racing (UK), represented by INEOS TEAM UK

Interest continues from other potential challengers around the world who have until 30 November 2018 to enter, as per the Late Entry period defined in the Protocol.

“We are thrilled to have three very high quality challengers confirmed for the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland. It is going to be a fantastic spectacle with this calibre of teams and the cutting edge yachts that the world has never seen. We welcome any further challengers from the teams that we are currently in talks with,” said Steve Mair, Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

“It is a great honour to welcome the best teams in the world to challenge for the Prada Cup. To win the America’s Cup, one will first need to win the Prada Cup,” said Laurent Esquier, CEO of COR 36, the organisers of the America’s Cup World Series, Christmas Race and Challenger Selection Series.

America’s Cup 36
The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in sport and is recognised as the pinnacle of sailing. Leading up to the America’s Cup Match, are the America’s Cup World Series events in 2019-2020, the Christmas Race in December 2020 and the Challenger Selections Series – the Prada Cup in early 2021 to determine the team which will challenge the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand in the America’s Cup Match Presented by Prada in March 2021 in Auckland.

La revolucionaria vela flexible de North Sails para la 36 America’s Cup.


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La revolucionaria vela flexible de North Sails para la 36 America’s Cup

Burns Fallow y Michael Richelsen lideran el equipo de trabajo de North Sails, Emirates Team New Zealand y Luna Rossa para desarrollar el concepto de vela flexible y la Regla de Clase AC75. El North Design Suite, herramienta clave para analizar el monocasco volador con el que se competirá por la 36 America’s Cup.

North Technology Group cuenta con una larga y productiva historia en la America’s Cup. Tanto la velería North Sails como la firma de aparejos Southern Spars han sido fundamentales en el desarrollo de barcos de Copa durante años, más recientemente con la introducción de la revolucionaria tecnología 3Di y los innovadores catamaranes foileadores de ala rígida. El anuncio del nuevo concepto de barco con el que se competirá por la 36 America’s Cup debe mucho del trabajo, los recursos, la experiencia y la creatividad al corazón del Grupo North. North Sails y sus herramientas de diseño han vuelto a ser parte clave para el desarrollo de los monocascos que volarán en Nueva Zelanda en 2021.

El Defender Emirates Team New Zealand y el Challenge of Record Luna Rossa tenían claro que querían crear algo nuevo, emocionante y diferente cuando sugirieron las primeras pinceladas de cómo sería la defensa en Auckland. Para ello, no dudaron en recurrir a North Sails, el indiscutible líder mundial de diseño y fabricación de velas.

Desde el inicio de la colaboración, en septiembre de 2017, los expertos de North Sails Burns Fallow y Michael Richelsen fueron conscientes de que debían implicar el North Design Suite, la serie de programas informáticos utilizados por arquitectos navales, diseñadores y regatistas de todo el mundo. Entre los componentes del Suite, iba a ser determinante para el desarrollo del nuevo concepto el software Membrain©, que equilibra presión de viento, forma de la vela y fuerzas del aparejo.

Según Fallow: “Iniciamos este proyecto en septiembre y no tuvimos mucho tiempo para valorar si esta idea iba a ser viable o no, así que había muchas preguntas esenciales que requerían respuesta. Preguntas como cuál será la diferencia de cargas entre la superficie de barlovento y de sotavento de la vela, cómo trabajará la interacción entre sables y mástil, o cuál será el beneficio aerodinámico de todo esto. E iba a resultar arriesgado dar una respuesta. Informé a Michael (Richelsen) sobre lo que tratábamos de lograr, y apenas dos meses más tarde, tras un exhaustivo desarrollo informático, logramos una versión del Membrain que nos ayudó a responder esas preguntas. Desde entonces, hemos añadido más y más funciones para lograr modelos más perfeccionados. Es uno de los proyectos más emocionantes y progresivos en los que he estado involucrado en mis 30 años con North Sails”.

Membrain se utiliza en paralelo con Flow©, que inicialmente aplica presión de viento al conjunto de velas y aparejo, y devuelve un mapa de presiones, fuerzas y momentos generados sobre los mismos. Membrain utiliza estos resultados de Flow para calcular la deformación virtual de la combinación aparejo/vela como estructura unificada. Este proceso se repite hasta que se consigue un equilibrio estable.

El ingeniero jefe de desarrollo de software en North Sails, Michael Richelsen, explica: “Sabíamos que Membrain iba a resultar clave para llegar a una conclusión para el concepto de barco que buscaban Emirates Team New Zealand y Luna Rossa Challenge. Ajustando variables en diseño de velas y aparejo, podemos utilizar Membrain para refinar y optimizar formas del ala, diseño del mástil, configuración del aparejo y más. Trabajando con análisis de aerodinámica e hidrodinámica para los catamaranes de vela rígida de la anterior Copa (2017), adaptamos Membrain al concepto de vela flexible para crear una simulación para el análisis completo del nuevo barco, cargas, aparejo, velas”.

Rígida, flexible o convencional
El sistema de doble elemento de vela rígida utilizado en las ediciones 34 y 35 de la America’s Cup (2013 y 2017) dio lugar a un nivel inédito de trimado. Un ala dividida en segmentos puede ser configurada con una profundidad mayor que una vela convencional, logrando así una fuerza de sustentación mayor cuando se necesite. En segundo lugar, los brazos de control rígidos pueden forzar la inversión de las secciones superiores, lo que crea un momento de adrizamiento, requerido en condiciones de exceso de potencia, al invertir la fuerza de sustentación. Pero un ala rígida es complicada, cara y poco práctica para la navegación en general.

La vela flexible es un híbrido entre una vela convencional y una rígida. Los pares de sables (uno en cada sección) controlan activamente el twist en el área superior. El control de estos sables puede cambiar la forma de la vela y consecuentemente las prestaciones. Aunque la inversión de sección de una vela flexible no puede ser tan dramática como lo sería en un ala rígida, si es mucho mayor que la de una mayor convencional. Mucho del desarrollo reciente de North Sails en Membrain se ha centrado en modelar la interacción entre pares de sables.

A diferencia de una mayor convencional, un ala rígida no se desventa. La vela flexible conserva esta característica gracias a los pares de sables, por lo que puede liberar potencia mejor que una vela convencional, algo muy beneficioso y aprovechable. Por su parte, la superficie 3Di actúa como esencial receptor de cargas, colaborando con los pares de sables para lograr una vela flexible efectiva.

JB Braun, jefe de diseño e ingeniería en North Sails, explica que las consecuencias de esta investigación trascenderá el nicho de la America’s Cup: “Tras 20 años de investigación y desarollo en diseño de velas convencionales y rígidas, podemos trabajar junto a Emirates Team New Zealand y Luna Rossa Challenge para ayudar a evolucionar nuestro deporte con la nueva regla para la 36 America’s Cup. En un período de tiempo reducido (meses frente a años), hemos trabajado unidos utilizando North Design Suite para guiar la próxima generación de barcos de America’s Cup Class. Como ya comprobamos desde el nacimiento de la tecnología 3Di con Alinghi, que hoy es utilizada tanto en competición como en crucero, los beneficios de este trabajo para el deporte de la vela son enormes”.

36th America’s Cup, presentan a los integrantes del Arbitration Panel.


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11 May 2018
Arbitration Panel Appointed for 36th America’s Cup

The appointment of the Arbitration Panel for the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada has been announced today by the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand and Challenger of Record, Luna Rossa Challenge in accordance with the requirements of the Protocol governing the event.

As in previous editions of the America’s Cup, the role of the Arbitration Panel will be to resolve off-the-water disputes, whilst being responsible for the interpretation of the Protocol and other specific areas of rule compliance.

The three person panel consists of:

David Tillett (AUS) – Chairman
Dr. Henry Peter (SUI)
Graham McKenzie (NZL)

All three are respected lawyers who have experience working with previous America’s Cup adjudication bodies and bring considerable acumen to their roles as panel members.

Background

David Tillett – Chairman
David is a Member of the Order of Australia and was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for Services to Yachting in 2000. He has a long list of governance roles in sailing, including three times being chairman of the Olympic Games Jury and serving on the Volvo Ocean Race juries (twice as Chairman). He has been involved as an umpire and member of the Jury at six previous America’s Cups, twice as Jury Chairman. A member of the World Sailing Council and Constitution Committee, he is also a previous Chairman of the Racing Rules Committee.

Dr. Henry Peter
A partner in a large Swiss law firm and a professor at the University of Geneva, he specializes in corporate and sports law, fields in which he is an academic author and often acts as an arbitrator. Vice-chairman of the Swiss disciplinary chamber of the Swiss Olympic Association in charge of doping cases, he is also on the board of the Swiss Arbitration Association and the Sanction Commission of the Swiss Stock Exchange. He has previously served on an America’s Cup Jury and twice been a member of the America’s Cup Arbitration Panel (once as Chairman).

Graham McKenzie
A long-standing member of the New Zealand legal and corporate governance fraternity, he has previously served as a member of the America’s Cup Arbitration Panel and the America’s Cup Jury (three times) and was on the independent panel advising the New York Supreme Court during the litigation leading up to the 2010 America’s Cup Deed of Gift Match. Currently a member of the World Sailing Constitution Committee and their Ethics Commission.

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INEOS TEAM GB launch challenge for the 2021 America’s Cup

INEOS has formed INEOS Team GB and is making the biggest ever British investment in the America’s Cup in an unprecedented effort to bring the trophy back to Britain for the first time since the competition was established in 1851.

INEOS Team GB has teamed up with Sir Ben Ainslie who will lead the design and build boat programme and skipper the racing yacht.

INEOS Team GB will represent the Royal Yacht Squadron’s affiliated club, Royal Yacht Squadron Racing who issued the challenge to the current holder represented by Emirates Team New Zealand.

Jim Ratcliffe, INEOS chairman, says, The America’s Cup is one of the world’s most competitive yacht races and Britain has never won it, despite founding the competition over 150 years ago. With the team we have assembled, we believe we can get a fully competitive boat to the start line. After that it’s all down to the fine art of sailing. Ben is arguably the best sailor that Britain has ever produced so we should have a fighting chance of success.’

INEOS has formed INEOS Team GB to compete for the trophy and is committed to spending £110 million – the biggest ever British America’s Cup investment – to bring the Cup back to the Britain.

INEOS will use its world class technologies and manufacturing know-how to support Sir Ben Ainslie in developing an internationally competitive boat and give INEOS Team GB the best possible chance of success.

Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman of INEOS, says, ‘INEOS has taken on many serious projects in the past but none more exciting than this. We have a first-class team and will do everything we can to bring this trophy back to Britain where it belongs.’

INEOS has partnered with Sir Ben Ainslie and his team to design, build and race the two-boat strategy. The boats will be 75 ft foiling mono-hulls and will use the very best of British technology and boat construction.

Sir Ben is Britain’s most decorated and the world’s most successful Olympic sailor. He was a member of the 2013 America’s Cup winning team and is INEOS Team GB’s Team Principal.

INEOS Team GB’s CEO is America’s Cup legend, Grant Simmer, who has competed in 10 America’s Cups and won four, first as a young navigator aboard Alan Bond’s Australia II, then twice with the Swiss team, Alinghi, and most recently with Oracle Team USA where – along with Ben Ainslie – they fought back from an 8 -1 deficit to win the trophy. INEOS Team GB’s Chief Designer is New Zealander, Nick Holroyd, one of the men responsible for Emirates New Zealand’s Cup winning strategy. . He is joined by British Olympic gold medallist, Giles Scott, who will act as the team’s Tactician.

Sir Ben says, ‘This is an amazing boost for British sport. With this significant commitment from INEOS to fully fund a two boat challenge, Britain now has its best opportunity to bring the America’s Cup back home to Britain where it belongs.’

INEOS Team GB will represent the Royal Yacht Squadron’s affiliated club, Royal Yacht Squadron Racing. The Royal Yacht Squadron is one of the world’s most prestigious yacht clubs and was granted the Royal Ensign by King William IV in 1815.

The history of the America’s Cup started at the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1851 when fifteen of its boats raced and lost to a US yacht called ‘America’ from where the cup eventually got its name.

167 years later and Britain has still not won the trophy. The Royal Yacht Squadron Racing has issued the challenge to their rivals and the current Cup holder, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

James Sheldon, the Royal Yacht Squadron Commodore says, ‘The America’s Cup is undoubtedly the most important yachting trophy in the world and we are delighted that Royal Yacht Squadron Racing is supporting INEOS Team GB in its attempt to bring it back home.’

The Cup – affectionately known as the ‘Auld Mug’ – attracts the world’s top sailors and yacht designers and is the world’s oldest sporting trophy. This will be the 36th America’s Cup and will take place in 2021.

Jim Ratcliffe, the founder and chairman of INEOS, adds, ‘With the resources of INEOS, the skill of Sir Ben Ainslie and his team and the experience of the Royal Yacht Squadron, I think INEOS Team GB has a great chance of success in 2021 and I’m looking forward to the challenge.’

36th America´s Cup, publican el reglamento de la clase AC75.


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29 March 2018
36th AMERICA’S CUP CLASS RULE PUBLISHED

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia, together with their respective teams Emirates Team New Zealand and the Challenger of Record – Luna Rossa, published the AC75 Class Rule for the 36th America’s Cup today.

The AC75 Class Rule defines the parameters within which teams can design a yacht eligible to compete in the 36th America’s Cup. It regulates all aspects of the boat to ensure fair and exciting racing, whilst leaving plenty of freedom for innovation to flourish.

The development of the Class Rule has been a four-month process led by Emirates Team New Zealand, working together with Luna Rossa Challenge.

“We are pleased to publish the Class Rule on time as per the Protocol. It has been a detailed collaboration with the Challenger of Record on all aspects of the rule, including the one design and supplied parts. We feel we have done a great job containing costs on certain aspects, while leaving the rule open enough for the America’s Cup to continue as the driving force of innovation and technology in sailing,” said Dan Bernasconi, Design Coordinator for Emirates Team New Zealand.

Highlights of the AC75 Class Rule include:

Strict limitations on the number of components that can be built including hulls, masts, rudders, foils and sails, thus encouraging teams to do more R&D in simulation and subsequently less physical construction and testing
Supplied foil arms and cant system to save design time and construction costs
Supplied rigging
One design mast tube
In addition, the ‘soft wing’ mainsail concept that has been developed for the AC75 Class Rule is expected to have a trickle down effect on sailing in the future.

“The AC75 Class Rule sets the parameters for the teams to develop and race the fastest sailing monohull on earth. The rules are the result of a close collaboration and a true partnership between Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa,” said Martin Fischer, Design Coordinator for Luna Rossa Challenge.

“This marks a definite milestone and a turning point from developing the rule to developing the boat,” said Dan Bernasconi. “Overnight we have to completely change our thinking, from trying to write a fair rule, to doing our best to design the fastest boat within the constraints of the rule. We have to stop thinking about what we intended the rule to mean, and start trying to pick it apart for what the words actually say – and see where there might be room to squeeze some advantage.”

This will be the same for the best minds in yacht design and technology across all of the teams who will begin to reveal their innovations 31 March 2019 when the first AC75 yachts can be launched.​

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New York YC and Bella Mente Quantum Racing to Challenge for 36th America’s Cup as American Magic

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The New York Yacht Club and Bella Mente Quantum Racing Association today announced they will compete under the name New York Yacht Club American Magic in their challenge for the 36th America’s Cup, to be held in New Zealand in 2021.

Philip Lotz, Commodore of the New York Yacht Club, said, “America was the first boat to win the America’s Cup in 1851. Magic was the first boat to defend the Cup in 1870. American Magic builds on the legacy of those two yachts, and the name embodies the mission of our campaign, which is to win the Cup and in the process build the foundation for a stronger competitive sailing culture in the United States. The New York Yacht Club is very excited to be part of this campaign and the legacy we are striving to create.”

Over the coming months, American Magic will continue assembling a team of top sailing talent, and best-in-class designers and engineers to best position it to bring the America’s Cup home to the United States and the New York Yacht Club. As it builds its world class team, American Magic will leverage its partnerships with US Sailing and Oakcliff Sailing to develop the next generation of American sailors, reenergize the passion of fans and make the America’s Cup relevant to the broad base of American sailing.

Hap Fauth, CEO of American Magic, said, “On behalf of Doug DeVos, Roger Penske and all the members of our team, it is an honor to represent the New York Yacht Club, its membership and the American yachting community in the 36th America’s Cup as American Magic. Under this proud name, we are focused on creating an America’s Cup culture in American sailing, and with our partnerships, we are engaging with the grassroots to increase the competitiveness of our sailors, and working to engender the kind of excitement the America’s Cup previously enjoyed in the United States. We’re not just racing to bring the Cup back to America, we’re racing to bring American yachting back to the Cup.”

Doug DeVos, Principal of American Magic, said, “As an avid sailor and passionate supporter of the NYYC, I’m thrilled to be a part of such an extraordinary team. Over the years, we have worked hard to promote sailing in the United States and inspire the next generation of sailors to compete at the highest levels of our sport. It’s an honor and privilege to be a part of American Magic’s challenge to bring the America’s Cup back home.”

American Magic’s design team is actively at work planning for the first of two AC75 class boats, and preparing for the publication of the AC75 Class Rule at the end of March. At the same time, the American Magic’s sailing team is currently training in Long Beach, Calif., for the Ficker Cup, which is the qualifier for the Congressional Cup. The team expects to establish its primary base in Newport, R.I., later this spring.