The New York Yacht Club and Bella Mente Quantum Racing Association announced yesterday they will compete under the name New York Yacht Club American Magic in a challenge for the 36th America’s Cup, to be held in New Zealand in 2021.
“America was the first boat to win the America’s Cup in 1851; Magic was the first boat to defend the Cup in 1870,” Commodore Philip Lotz said in a statement announcing the campaign. “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.”
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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, re-energize the passion of fans and make the America’s Cup relevant to the broad base of American sailing, the club states.
Hap Fauth, a three-time world champion in the Maxi72 class, is CEO of American Magic. The Cup will be contested in 75-foot foiling monohulls.
“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,” he stated in a release. “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.”
American Magic’s design team is 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.