American Magic to develop new headquarters in Florida

American Magic's AC75 boat, Patriot, is training on Pensacola Bay for The 37th America's Cup in Barcelona 2024. Credit American Magic

American Magic, the US Challenger for the 37th America’s Cup, has secured a lease agreement with the City of Pensacola in the US state of Florida to establish a high-performance sailing centre at the Port of Pensacola.

This modern facility will be its headquarters for designing, building, hosting regattas, and developing the current and next generation of America’s Cup, Olympic, and International sailors.

“This partnership with the City of Pensacola is an extraordinary opportunity for American Magic to amplify its commitment to sailing excellence,” says Terry Hutchinson, skipper, and president of sailing operations for American Magic. “We are excited to build our headquarters in Pensacola and to contribute to the thriving community. Pensacola Bay offers the perfect natural amphitheatre to host sailing races from America’s Cup and Olympic Classes to Junior Sailing.”

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Encompassing over 63,000 square feet, the facility will provide American Magic with the infrastructure necessary to support all facets of its operations, including boat storage, maintenance, and repair, as well as office and training amenities. It will facilitate the expansion of its research and development endeavours.

“One of our core objectives has always been longevity; we are dedicated to building a team for the long term,” says Hap Fauth, American Magic team principal.

Fellow Team Principal Doug DeVos adds: “While events and regattas may come and go, our focus is on establishing a winning team that endures and stands the test of time. Having a home base is crucial in achieving this vision.”

Mike Cazer, CEO of American Magic, says: “We are deeply honoured to establish this venture with the City of Pensacola,” stated. “American Magic is dedicated to building a premier high-performance sailing franchise in the United States, with a dual mandate to secure victory in the America’s Cup and to elevate the prominence of sailing across America. This facility will not only serve as a central hub for our team but will also deliver job growth and economic prosperity in the Pensacola region.”

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Terry Hutchinson, skipper, and president of sailing operations for American Magic.

The team eagerly anticipates a bright future in Pensacola and to contribute to the city’s advancement and success. The team extends its heartfelt appreciation to the City of Pensacola for its steadfast support and looks forward to the opportunities ahead.

The official opening ceremony of the 37th America’s Cup will be held in Barcelona on 22 August 2024. Racing in the America’s Cup Match itself, which will be a best-of-13 (first to seven) format, will commence on Saturday 12 October, with two races scheduled, followed by a further two races on Sunday 13 October 2024.

The Women’s America’s Cup Regatta Final takes place straight after Race 5 on Wednesday 16 October 2024.

Main image of American Magic’s AC75 boat, Patriot, courtesy of American Magic.

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