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American Magic's Dramatic Capsize on Day 3 of the Prada Cup (Team Statement)

17th January 2021
NYYC American Magic's AC75 'Patriot''s dramatic capsize NYYC American Magic's AC75 'Patriot''s dramatic capsize Credit: Screenshot courtesy America's Cup Series

The America's Cup is living up to its high drama billing in Auckland at the PRADA Cup, with all the support teams now battling to save NYYC American Magic's AC75 'Patriot' after a spectacular capsize.

Local reports from the race course say that in New York Yacht Club American Magic's match against Luna Rossa PRADA Pirelli, the Americans team tried to complete a tack bear away in a big squall while in the lead. With the leeward runner seemingly jammed on, the bow reared up, resulting in the main foils both leaving the water, then rolling into a capsize.

After righting the yacht, it was clear that there was a significant amount of water inside the boat, with buoys and other floatation devices attached and pumps deployed quickly. Despite this, the bow is still under the water.

Capsize for American Magic on day 3 of the PRADA Cup Photo: COR36 / Studio BorlenghiCapsize for American Magic on day 3 of the PRADA Cup Photo: COR36 / Studio Borlenghi

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