Please select your home edition
Edition
Craftinsure 2021 - LEADERBOARD
Product Feature
Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1
Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1

America's Cup teams battle to save Patriot

by Mark Jardine & Richard Gladwell 17 Jan 2021 06:29 GMT 17 January 2021
A huge capsize for American Magic on day 3 of the PRADA Cup © America's Cup

It's been a day of high drama in Auckland at the PRADA Cup, with all the support teams now battling to save NYYC American Magic's AC75 'Patriot'.

In New York Yacht Club American Magic's match up against Luna Rossa PRADA Pirelli, the Americans team tried to execute 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.

Update, 7.00pm local time: All of the teams support boats are helping out. The latest news from on the water is that the bow is now clear of the water situation appears stable hopefully the tow will start soon.

Update, 7.30pm local time: The other team tenders have all pulled back, a tow is imminent.

Update - 10.00pm NZDT from American Magic: American Magic's AC75 racing yacht, PATRIOT, has been stabilized and is in the process of being towed slowly back to shore. We'd like to again express our sincere thanks to our competitors, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, INEOS Team UK, and Emirates Team New Zealand, for immediately coming to our assistance. An ETNZ chase boat is currently assisting the team with the tow operation, and our fellow Challengers helped with equipment, personnel, and general support on the water.

We are also grateful to America's Cup Event Ltd, the race management team, Coastguard New Zealand, the Auckland Harbourmaster, local fire and police personnel and all others who have and still are helping us during this difficult moment for our team.

Update - 11.55pm NZDT:PATRIOT is now safely ashore and the New York Yacht Club American Magic team are assessing the damage.

Related Articles

Cup Spy Dec 2: Luna Rossa swims .. Am Magic flies
Luna Rossa capsized in a rapidly building breeze. American Magic foiled solidly for 75nm. Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, the Italian America's Cup challenger capsized in 21-22kts winds after being caught in a rapidly building breeze and sea state. In Pensacola American Magic put another 75nm in their logbook foiling for 2hrs 43min. Posted on 3 Dec
Cup Spy Dec 1: American Magic caught short
Lesson for all teams as to how crucial the correct sail choice will be in 2024 American Magic spent over five hours on the water, covering 55nm, in lighter winds than expected. Unfortunately the team made the wrong mainsail choice, in the expectation of stronger winds, and had to do tow-starts 75% of the time. Posted on 2 Dec
Cup Spy Nov 30: Fun but Frightening
Italian Flight controller: "The boat is pretty scary in that condition." Plus a look at that Pole. The Italian challenger say they had a "productive practice day" on Wednesday, sailing in their strongest wind yet in their LEQ12 prototype. We look at the British team's battle over the legality of their Instrumentation Pole. Posted on 2 Dec
America's Cup: Match dates released
AC37 Event Limited (ACE) have confirmed both the intended race area and the race dates for the Ameri AC37 Event Limited (ACE) have confirmed both the intended race area and the race dates for the America's Cup Match 2024. The 37th Match will start on October 12, 2024 and racing is scheduled to October 27, 2024. Posted on 30 Nov
Cup Spy Nov 29: American Magic flies high
Motorsport mogul Roger Penske drops in on American Magic. USA and Italy clock up big miles. Motorsport mogul Roger Penske drops in on American Magic, and brings a fresh breeze to Pensacola Bay. USA and Italy clock up big miles on the water in Pensacola and Cagliari. Who will be the first to a 100nm day? Posted on 30 Nov
Cup Spy Nov 27: Luna Rossa sails, Brits tweak more
Luna Rossa went sailing unexpectedly on Sunday, as the Brits continue to twing and twang Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli's LEQ12 went sailing unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon, after being under repair since dropping their mast while rigging on November 6, and damaging the mast head. INEOS Britannia continued their mast setup in Mallorca. Posted on 28 Nov
America's Cup: Rigging the Silver Arrow
The INEOS Britannia shore team and technicians had a busy day dockside in Palma The INEOS Britannia shore team and technicians had a busy day dockside Friday in Palma with the crucial first-stepping of the ‘Silver Arrow' T6 LEQ12 carbon mast and rigging. Posted on 26 Nov
America's Cup: AC40 construction changes announced
Construction changes announced for existing and future AC40 builds following AC40 nosedive Emirates Team NZ have announced the design and construction changes to be incorporated into existing and future AC40 builds. The changes have been developed as a result of damage that occurred after the violent nosedive of the team's LEQ12, on Tuesday. Posted on 25 Nov
Cup Spy Nov 24: Brits foil testing again
Six days after doing their first towing test in Mallorca, INEOS Britannia did a second session Six days after doing their first towing test in Mallorca, the British America's Cup Challenger, INEOS Britannia, did a second towing exercise - with the delay between runs put down to inclement weather. Posted on 24 Nov
Cup Spy Nov 23: American Magic trials new main
American Magic trials new main, does plenty of dry tacks/gybes and gives cyclors a workout American Magic made further gains on the other four teams contesting the 37th America's Cup, with another strong day on Pensacola Bay, sailing in light winds with a newly recut, and larger mainsail. Posted on 24 Nov