Magic News

I vowed to take a week off with the family but the confirmed news that American Magic is not only back for AC37 but back with the New York Yacht Club has me scrabbling for an internet connection high in the Swiss Alps. I almost spluttered on my fondue but wow, this is great news all round and I reckon there must be some pretty happy members of the NYYC right now, safe in the knowledge that their esteemed club has done absolutely the right thing. The America’s Cup without the New York Yacht Club is like Stanley without Laurel. It just doesn’t work. With America’s finest club onboard, it’s just perfect. Welcome back.


© Sailing Energy / American Magic

But can you imagine what’s been going on behind the scenes? Goodness me this takes courage to do. Swallowing pride, kissing and making up and getting back on track is both noble and right. To err is human. The NYYC just went up like a meme stock in my perception. Good for them.

And equally, good on Doug de Vos and Hap Fauth, and I presume Terry Hutchinson, for taking the lame demotion when the Club went off and backed a spurious attempt on a whim and vanity, with such class and grace. They didn’t throw their toys out of the pram – I have to say I would have done – but just moved on, kept in contact, waited for the deckchairs to shift and sat back down at the top table to talk turkey. Pure class – very much the hallmark of this American Magic Team.

And the deckchairs shifted pretty dramatically with Commodore Culver stepping off a burning political deck and the cooling hand of Paul Zabetakis taking the reins, determining to do things better. He’s played a blinder and all credit to him for steering the club back to the Cup – it would have been a travesty to sit the next one out. This is the New. York. Yacht. Club. for heaven’s sake…they simply have to be in it.


© Sailing Energy / American Magic

Now the rumour mill can go in full flow. Richard Gladwell, the editor of Sail World in New Zealand is claiming that Paul Goodison will be skipper and he’s usually spot on with predictions.

If that’s so, it’s another brilliant move for the Magic boys. Goody is foiling dynamite and part of that elite coterie at the top of the Moth world alongside Slingers, Kyle Langford and Iain Jensen. He’s fast, some say quicker than Ainslie (not sure on that one) but it’s his time to shine now. Getting the wheel early and establishing the performance pathway is critical. If Magic can sign Slingsby too as rumoured, they will be a heck of a force in AC37…let’s see if that pans out.


© Sailing Energy / American Magic

But the big news for me is that the New York Yacht Club confirming their support for American Magic snuffs out any fanciful chance of Jeddah or anywhere else in Saudi Arabia being the host venue. That’s it, that ship has sailed as was told to me vociferously quite recently.

If you’re into betting it’s looking like Cork or Spain (pick a seaside town – Valencia, Malaga wherever) with Auckland as the outsider on the proviso that the overseas venue can stump up the money and politically stomach the fall-out. On that basis, my hunch leads towards Spain where Alinghi would be very happy, Ineos would be cool as cucumbers, Magic would be more than approving and the Italians have just a short hop to make. It works all round, so long as the Kiwi fee can be found…Spain can probably get away with that politically easier than the Irish but we will see.

However, back to the American Magic press release and some nice words from the team:

“We intend to compete in AC37 and are hungry and highly motivated to be the most innovative team on and off the water,” remarked Hap Fauth, Principal for American Magic. “We are proud of how our team rebounded during AC36, but we have unfinished business and are committed to investing in technology, design, innovation, and talent so we are best positioned to bring the America’s Cup home!”
 
“The America’s Cup remains the highest peak in sailing and one of the most difficult challenges in the world of sport,” remarked Paul M. Zabetakis, M.D., Commodore of the New York Yacht Club. “The lessons learned during our previous campaign, combined with American Magic’s physical and intellectual assets and a commitment to multiple cycles, will ensure we come into this challenge with a strong chance to claim sailing’s ultimate prize.”


© Sailing Energy / American Magic

It’s going to be fascinating to see who they partner up with – Airbus? Haas Racing? Who knows but it’s another great, committed team in what is shaping up to be a fabulous America’s Cup cycle. The New York Yacht Club will field real talent for the AC40 campaigns in the Women’s and Youth divisions and it’s totally logical that a club of their standing is right there in the mix at the pinnacle of the sport supporting one of the nicest teams in the Cup world.

Goodwill all round…the best news of 2022 so far. Welcome back to the New York Yacht Club and the mighty, classy, American Magic Team. Awesome all round.

I’m having double raclette tonight.


13 thoughts on “Magic News

  1. Ainslie winning is no longer a given. Hutchinson on shoreside is their killer blow to those vain hopes. What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger comes to mind. This is now a proper game. Probably the biggest one since Bond took gold.

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      1. Fantastic news. Terry has ice in his veins. Triumph and disaster, those two impostors have met their match in him and the team around him. Our household just cannot wait for this kicking off.

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  2. Hot and they’re cold, they’re yes and they’re no, it’s in and it’s out, it’s up and it’s down, we fight, we break up, we kiss, we make up…

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  3. Hi Magnus
    I really like your blog but sometimes you flip opinions like a Fox News host..
    It’s not so long ago that you thought Jeddah was a fantastic place to hold the next cup, it wasn’t a problem that the ruling Prince was having journalists murdered and chopped up, nor that kids were losing a hand for stealing an orange, but sailing off the Cornich was going to bring viewers from all over the world and the AC Filthy Luchre Tour was going to bring the world together with massive $$..

    Then when the NYYC kicked the AM into touch maybe S&S might be the way to go..
    Now you like the YC flip flop, they are doing everything right, holding your nose over the Amway stink, because the DeVos money is one step above the fracking money..

    Haas GP! Really! They don’t have the financing to pull themselves of the last row of grid in F1 even with the Russian oliagarth money! …how on earth would they have any capacity to raise the game of an AC team? I thought you had an interest in F1?

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    1. To be fair, I don’t know how aware Magnus is of American-specific issues and he never mentioned even being aware of the Devos-Amway connection previously, so it’s possible that as a Brit it’s not on his radar. I know that I have pointed it out to other Americans as one of the reasons I don’t like AM and many of them did not know.

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      1. Yup. Amway dodgy. Amway is a pyramid scheme posing as home and lifestyle business. They use multi-level-marketing tactics to sell beauty, health, and household products

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      2. To be fair…Mag has no problem with ‘Medieval government oil money’ or ‘scorch the earth’ fracking money so long as it helps pay for the the next AC, not to mention the help ‘Trump destroy democracy’ DeVos family money…

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      3. Somehow Bertarelli did nothing and still might be able to return as possibly the LEAST-odious AC 37 sponsor. Ain’t THAT a funny old world?

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  4. I don’t like the DeVos money, but I didn’t like the Koch brothers. I can’t stand Larry Ellison either, but American teams, like all of the teams owned by business men who have the level of disposable income to support an AC team are not going to be beloved folks. But, look at tiny little New Zealand, would the Kiwis be better off if they were sponsored by
    “Mega rich listers!” I haven’t got answers, I am only asking the questions. Please note, I am a huge Kiwi fan!

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    1. That’s definitely part of the reason the Kiwi teams have always had some kind of fanbase in the US from the 90s onwards, you can look up the “Go The People’s Boat” campaign from 2013 to see ETNZ’s American supporters in San Francisco. They just seem like a much better choice overall than our own American teams often do.

      I only became an AC fan in 2016 and I was for Team Japan, after they were eliminated I didn’t really care who won and just wanted to enjoy the show. I actually took a sign that said “No Strong Feelings Either Way (I liked Japan…)” to the watch party at North Sails 5th Avenue.

      Obviously the victory encouraged me to research Team NZ’s history and the country overall, and I saved up some money in the hopes of traveling to attend AC 36 before a tuition irregularity at school wiped out my savings. In AC 36 I was definitely for Team NZ because Japan and France didn’t come back, the US and UK teams were icky as you said, and I was so fascinated by the Team NZ story. (I wouldn’t have minded Luna Rossa winning THAT much, though, as soon as ITUK got eliminated I breathed a huge sigh that the teams I DISliked were all gone.)

      Should Team NZ be like the US teams? I’d rather have it the other way— I might support a US team if it was more like Team NZ! 11th Hour Racing in the Ocean Race seems the closest.

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