America's Cup 2021: Do or die time for American Magic as they fight to keep America's Cup hopes alive

NYYC American Magic face a do-or-die predicament, as they fight to keep their America's Cup dream alive, after a poor opening day of Prada Cup semi-final racing on Friday. 

Just to get Patriot back on the water was remarkable achievement and so many fans hoped for a fairytale story on Friday, but it wasn't to be, with Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli completely outclassing the Americans to go two from two on the opening day. 

American Magic skipper Terry Hutchinson wasn't mincing words in the post-race press conference, but insists the fight is very much alive within the team. 

"I'm reasonably pissed off, because I hate losing, it's no more complicated than that," Hutchinson says. "There is nothing that gets you going more than getting your teeth kicked in." 

Sitting at 2-0 down, the Americans must win one race on Saturday to avoid elimination from this year's Prada Cup. 

That daunting fact hasn't dented the Americans' hopes, with the fight still clearly alive within the camp as Saturday becomes a pivotal day in their campaign. 

"It's not too steep of a mountain to climb, and I would use an example of the last 12 days of what we've done as a team to show that and we don't need any more motivation than winning," he says. 

"I think anyone here could walk into our shed, and what you would see is a motivated group of people trying to make sure we take one race at a time on Saturday and we get ourselves to Sunday, and we'll see where we sit."

The new wasn't all bad for the Americans, with Patriot setting a new speed record of 53.31 knots, which is equivalent to 99kph, but there are no bonus points for going fast, so they'll be hoping Saturday's the day they can turn around their fortunes and get their campaign back on track. 

The conditions are meant to be polar opposite to Friday, with light winds expected to provide very different racing.

On Friday, wind reached as high as 25 knots and averaged between 18-21 knots, which made boat handling very difficult, something the Americans struggled with.

On Saturday, the wind is expected to sit between 6-10 knots, which will make for far more tactical racing. 

Join us at 3pm Saturday for live updates of the America's Cup challenger series.