America's Cup 2021: American Magic take on Team UK in Prada Cup challenge opener

America's Cup stragglers Ineos Team UK will face an immediate test of their readiness, when they race both their rivals on the Prada Cup challenger series opening day on January 15.

Led by sailing royalty Sir Ben Ainslie, the British team were literally miles off the pace during last month's world series regatta off Auckland, failing to beat any of the other challengers - Luna Rossa of Italy or American Magic - or America's Cup holders Team NZ.

In their final outing, they were lapped by the Kiwis in a race that was eventually called off, when light winds saw both boats fall off their foils and fail to make the time limit.

The Brits obviously had considerable work ahead of them to become competitive in the challenger series and they will find out quickly whether three weeks' development have made any difference to their foiling AC75 Britannia. 

The three challengers will face each other four times during the round-robin stages, before the second and third-ranked outfits sail off to meet the top team in the final.

By the end of February, Team NZ will know who they face for the 'Auld Mug', starting March 6.  

Friday, January 15

Round robin 1, Race 1 - American Magic v Team UK

Round robin 1, Race 2 - Team UK v Luna Rossa (Italy)

Saturday, January 16

Round robin 1, Race 3 - Luna Rossa (Italy) v American Magic

Round robin 2, Race 1 - Team UK v American Magic

Sunday, January 17

Round robin 2, Race 2 - Luna Rossa v Team UK

Round robin 2, Race 3 - American Magic v Luna Rossa

Monday, January 18

Reserve day

Tuesday, January 19

Rserve day

Friday, January 22

Round robin 3, Race 1 - Team UK v American Magic

Round robin 3, Race 2 - Luna Rossa v Team UK

Saturday, January 23

Round robin 3, Race 3 - American Magic v Luna Rossa

Round robin 4, Race 1 - American Magic v Team UK

Sunday, January 24

Round robin 4, Races 2 - Team UK v Luna Rossa

Round robin 4, Races 3 - Luna Rossa v American Magic

Monday, January 25

Reserve day

Tuesday, January 26

Reserve day

Friday, January 29

Repechage, Races 1 & 2

Saturday, January 30

Repechage, Races 3 & 4

Sunday, January 31

Repechage, Races 5 & 6

Tuesday, February 2

Repechage, Race 7

Wednesday, February 3

Reserve day

Thursday, February 4

Reserve day

Saturday, February 13

Prada Cup Final, Races 1 & 2

Sunday, February 14

Prada Cup Final, Races 3 & 4

Tuesday, February 16

Reserve day

Wednesday, February 17

Prada Cup Final, Races 5 & 6

Thursday, February 18

Reserve day

Friday, February 19

Prada Cup Final, Races 7 & 8

Saturday, February 20

Prada Cup Final, Races 9 & 10

Sunday, February 21

Prada Cup Final, Races 11 & 12

Monday, February 22

Prada Cup Final, Race 13

Tuesday, February 23

Reserve day

Wednesday, February 24

Reserve day

Join us from January 15 for live updates of the America's Cup challenger series