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American Magic AC75 America's Cup Yacht Defiant Departs for New Zealand
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American Magic AC75 America's Cup Yacht Defiant Departs for New Zealand

The first AC75 class boat of US America's Cup team American MagicDefiant has now left the US for New Zealand in preparation for the America’s Cup.

The New York Yacht Club’s first racing boat was lifted onto a cargo ship bound for Auckland on May 27, leaving the team’s winter base of the Port of Pensacola.

The yacht will first compete in the upcoming America’s Cup World Series in Auckland this December before the 36th America’s Cup takes place from March 6-21, 2021.

The 23 metre racing yacht in action

Skipper and executive director of American Magic, Terry Hutchinson, said: “Pensacola really took care of our team at every stage. While it’s sad for us to leave, we’re excited for what lies ahead of us in New Zealand. Our future is there.”

It comes after the 23 metre racing boat was launched and christened in September last year. Under the rules of the event, each team is allowed to construct two AC75s, a mono-hulled boat that utilises advanced hydrofoils to sail largely above the water.

American’s Magic second AC75, which has not yet been christened, is set to be completed later this year after which it will be transported directly to Auckland.

In the meantime, American Magic will establish a new base on Wynyard Wharf in New Zealand and intends to sail Defiant around Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf as soon as coronavirus restrictions allow.

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