• Media ID-2791

    Formed in October 2017 by Bella Mente Racing, Quantum Racing and the New York Yacht Club, American Magic represents a joint vision to win the America’s Cup, the highest prize in sailing and the oldest trophy in international sports. American Magic brings together two highly successful racing programs with one of the foremost yacht clubs in the world, united by a campaign to win back the Cup, reconnect the American sailing base with the premier event in the sport and elevate the quality of competitive sailing in the United States. The name, American Magic, is a nod to the New York Yacht Club’s storied America’s Cup history; a combination of the boat the trophy is named for, and the first boat to defend it.


    Media ID-1147

    On August 22, 1851, the 101-foot schooner America, built by New York Yacht Club commodore and founder John Cox Stevens, raced against 15 English yachts from the Royal Yacht Squadron in the “100 Guinea Cup,” an annual lap of the Isle of Wight. The visiting America won, finishing 8 minutes ahead of its closest rival. The trophy was renamed after the winners and donated to the New York Yacht Club, along with the “Deed of Gift,” specifying that it be held in trust as a perpetual challenge trophy. So America’s prize became “The America’s Cup,” and took up residency across the Atlantic.


    Media ID-1148

    No challenge to race for the America’s Cup was issued until British tycoon James Lloyd Ashbury's Cambria, which showed early promise during sea trials in the Solent. Representing the Royal Thames Yacht Club, the crew of Cambria believed that the trophy could be brought home and officially submitted the first America’s Cup challenge in 1870. Cambria, up against a 17-strong fleet of New York Yacht Club schooners in New York Harbor, placed eighth. Franklin Osgood's Magic, the overall winner, successfully retained the America’s Cup and became the trophy’s very first defender.

  • Media ID-1154

    Hap Fauth


    "With a return to a more relatable soft-sailed monohull, the 36th America’s Cup represents an opportunity to re-engage the grass roots of the sport and re-energize American sailing."

  • Media ID-1153

    Doug DeVos


    "Without the America’s Cup, it’s really hard to have a significant influence on our sport. We’ve tried in various ways. We’ve started things and we’ve all tried to keep things going. It’s a challenge. The America’s Cup is that beacon in our sport that brings people together.”

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    Roger Penske


    "I’ve always been drawn to competition, and I’ve always had a keen sense of national pride. The America’s Cup is an opportunity to engage both of those interests."

  • Media ID-2783

    Terry Hutchinson

    Skipper & Executive Director

    "If you can inspire younger sailors, and demonstrate that hard work is worth it, it’s hard not to feel the significance of that. That side of it is pretty inspiring. It can have a meaningful impact on the next 50 years of our sport.”


  • Media ID-1151

    Phil Lotz

    Past Commodore, New York Yacht Club

    "The America’s Cup has always remained close to the heart of New York Yacht Club, even in the years where we didn’t participate as a Challenger or Defender."