AMERICAN MAGIC CAPSIZE UPDATE
The AC75 of the New York Yacht Club American Magic, the US Challenger for the America’s Cup, capsized in a strong gust of wind while leading around the final mark during a Prada Cup race shortly before 6:00 PM NZDT on Sunday, January 17. . All team members on board were promptly accounted for by the team’s water safety personnel and declared safe.
The team’s AC75 racing yacht, PATRIOT, was damaged during the incident and began to leak. American Magic received prompt assistance from the other three America’s Cup teams, along with America’s Cup Event Ltd, the race management team, Coastguard New Zealand, the Auckland Harbormaster, and local fire and police personnel.
The American Magic team appreciated all the help provided to the team following today’s incident.
“American Magic’s AC75, PATRIOT, has stabilized and is in the process of being slowly towed back to shore. We would like to once again express our sincere thanks to our competitors, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, INEOS Team UK and Emirates Team New Zealand, for immediately coming to our aid. An ETNZ chase boat is assisting the team with the towing operation, and our fellow Challengers assisted with equipment, personnel, and general support on the water.
We are also grateful to America’s Cup Event Ltd, the race management team, Coastguard New Zealand, Auckland Harbormaster, local fire and police personnel and all others who have helped us and continue to help us through this difficult time for our team. . ”
THE PATRIOT IS SAFE BACK AT BASE