America's Cup 2021: Team profiles - New York Yacht Club American Magic

  • 01/01/2021


Principal & chief executive: Hap Fauth

Skipper: Terry Hutchinson

Helmsman: Dean Barker (NZ)

Affiliation: New York Yacht Club

Boat: Patriot

After Oracle Team USA's demise at Bermuda four years ago, that nation's proud record at the America's Cup rests in the hands of the club that started it all 170 years ago.

In 1851, New York Yacht Club founder John Cox Stevens beat 15 English yachts in a race around the Isle of Wight and donated the trophy, renamed after his boat America, for perpetual challenge.

So began the America's Cup and NYYC held the trophy for the next 132 years, until Australia II lifted it off Newport, Rhode Island in 1983 - still the longest winning streak in any sports event.

They haven't contested the trophy since that shock defeat - US hopes have instead rested heavily on the California-based San Diego and Golden Gate yacht clubs - but the American Magic name is a nod to those glory days.

Led by America's Cup veteran and 11-time world sailing champion Terry Hutchinson, the on-water expertise will come from former Team NZ skipper Dean Barker, who grew up within sight of the Waitematā Harbour and Hauraki Gulf racecourses.

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