Virtual Lecture: American Magic – Built in Bristol

October 21, 2021 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Virtual presentation begins at 7pm, Eastern
Tickets: Members: $10, Nonmembers: $15
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Back in 2017, American Magic began its inaugural campaign to compete for the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland, New Zealand. The team revived a long tradition of AC boats being built Bristol,  and soon began construction of their first foiling monohull just a few miles up the road from HMM. Nicknamed The Mule, the first 38-foot test boat was launched in Portsmouth in 2018, sailed in Narragansett Bay, and helped American Magic test design ideas and new appendages. Over the following 24 months, the team would build two more foiling monohulls in Bristol, named DEFIANT and PATRIOT. These full-size AC75s were to be used in the AC World Series and the Prada Cup Challenger Series as American Magic competed for a spot in the America’s Cup Match. Both AC75s would eventually be sent to Auckland for the competition, and though the campaign fell short of expectations due to an unfortunate crash in January 2021, PATRIOT proved to be fiercely competitive on the race course. The yacht still holds an AC75 racing speed record of 53.3 knots.

Join us on October 21st for a virtual presentation to hear about the campaign from team members Rob Ouellette (Chief Operating Officer), Tyson Lamond (Boat Captain / Shore Team), Robyn Lesh (Design team member), and Dan Morris (Trimmer). The team will talk about their AC36 experiences, what’s in store for the team for AC37, and answer questions from the audience. The discussion will be lead by Steve Tsuchiya, America’s Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chairman.