America’s Cup challengers train at Pensacola Bay

Northwest Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — The Port of Pensacola is serving as the training base for the New York Yacht Club American Magic which is a challenger for the 36th America’s Cup. 

America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sports and the highest prize in sailing. More than 100 team members are making the Port of Pensacola home for winter training. 

“It’s the best venue possible potentially in the United States where you can come sail our mini America’s Cup yacht,” America Magic Executive Director and Skipper Terry Hutchinson said. 

The 38-foot-long, AM38 test boat, better known as “The Mule” will use the Pensacola Bay waters to train until warmer weather returns to their primary training location in Newport, Rhode Island.  Hutchinson said Pensacola has great facilities and they are focused on winning the cup. 

“It’s an event that’s very very difficult to win,” Hutchinson said. “I can see that the challenge is definitely worth the reward. Pensacola Bay is a very unique flat water venue. The boat we’re sailing is a foiling monohull and so to do that in a sea state or in wavy conditions is going to be difficult to test and develop the boards and systems that go into this boat.”

The American Magic team will train in Pensacola until mid-May. The 36th America’s Cup will take place in Auckland, New Zealand in March 2021. 

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