America's Cup 2021: Organisers struggle to settle on Prada Cup race schedule without American Magic

The race schedule for this weekend's Prada Cup challenger series seems likely to be decimated without American Magic.

The capsize of their AC75 foiling monohull Patriot on the Hauraki Gulf means they won't make the start line this weekend, causing major problems for race organisers.

Meetings have been held throughout Tuesday, as they struggle to find consensus over the best format for the final weekend of round robin.

The NYYC American Magic base was a hive of activity throughout the day, with the shore team working flat out to repair damage to their yacht after the dramatic crash.

They worked behind closed curtains, but have made it clear they won't be ready to race this weekend, which has caused all sorts of problems for race management, who met during the morning to determine a format.

They could not reach a decision and met again in the evening, with still no conclusion announced.

Newshub understands Friday's scheduled racing has been scrapped altogether, with one race each on Saturday and Sunday between INEOS Team UK and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli.

America's Cup fans have told Newshub they want more racing in general, saying it would be great for the economy, but Emirates Team NZ have categorically ruled out a surprise appearance on the challenger schedule, saying they are more than happy with their own preparation.

The challengers would also be unwilling to give any kind of advantage to their competitors this close to the defence of the 'Auld Mug'. 

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