The Mule, American Magic's 38-foot test boat, flies on its foils near Rhode Island's Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge. (Photo Contributed)

New York Yacht Club American Magic, a U.S. Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, today announced Sail Newport as a Sailing Community Partner.

Joint events, programs and projects to boost sailing in Rhode Island and New England will continue through the Newport-based team’s participation in the America’s Cup competition in Auckland, New Zealand in 2021.

American Magic was formed in 2017 to win the America’s Cup, the highest prize in sailing and the oldest trophy in international sports.  Sail Newport is a not-for-profit sailing center dedicated to providing public access to the sport of sailing with affordable and free sailing programs for the community.  

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“Sail Newport’s mission is to foster the sport of sailing and we are thrilled to be able to help mobilize our fan base as American Magic pursues the oldest and highest prize in our sport,” said Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport in a prepared statment. “This is an exciting team to follow, and they are committed to helping Sail Newport and its programs. American Magic is based here, and Newport has not had a ‘home team’ in the America’s Cup in over 15 years. We are looking forward to partnering with American Magic to boost sailing in our region, and leading the home town excitement.”

The two organizations will work together to enhance and promote Sail Newport’s youth and community programs and sailing activities with special events, sailor appearances, lectures and digital media content.

“American Magic seeks to win the America’s Cup while doing everything we can to help our sport grow and become more accessible,” said Terry Hutchinson, executive director and skipper of American Magic, in a prepared statement. “We are very excited to partner with Sail Newport, which has given so many people in our community access to the water and to sailing over three decades of hard work. American Magic is really pleased to grow our community involvement in Newport and to represent the city on and off the water.”

The partnership will include the direct support of American Magic sailors, who will visit Sail Newport’s Pell School Sailing Program this spring and make special appearances at other youth programs. 

Prior to the America’s Cup in 2021, American Magic will participate in the America’s Cup World Series, a circuit of regattas leading up to the Prada Cup, the Challenger Finals, and then the America’s Cup match in Auckland. 

The first event for the Community Sailing Partnership will be held on Tuesday, March 19th at 5:30 p.m. at the Jane Pickens Theater titled “Sail Newport Presents American Magic.” Read will emcee the evening and attendees will enjoy footage of American Magic’s cutting-edge boat. The audience will learn about the engineering, technology, skills and vision of the America’s Cup team. Hutchinson and several team members will join Read onstage. 

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at sailnewport.org.  Costs for the evening presentation will be $20 for individuals ($15 for Sail Newport members) $5 for students under 21.  Tickets are available online at sailnewport.org. For more information telephone (401) 846-1983.

“The fact that our organization was founded because of the loss of the America’s Cup and now we’re active to support and rally the sailing community to bring it back, brings this full circle for Sail Newport. American Magic is comprised of the best of the best in our sport and it’s exciting to be a part of this exciting adventure,” Read added in the statement. 

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