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America’s Cup Boat Revealed

American Magic’s base of operations in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: American Magic/Will Ricketson

American Magic’s base of operations in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: American Magic/Will Ricketson

Patriot, the second AC75 built by the New York Yacht Club’s American Magic syndicate, a challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, was revealed at the team’s base in Auckland, New Zealand. The foiling monohull will undergo a range of tests ahead of its launching.

“This whole America's Cup cycle has been very unique in that we won't race another boat until December,” helmsman Dean Barker said in a statement. “It's a completely new class, so there's many things we have to work on to be race-ready.”

Patriot was built by a team of 50 in Bristol, R.I., and airlifted to Auckland in early September. Photo: American Magic/Will Ricketson

Patriot was built by a team of 50 in Bristol, R.I., and airlifted to Auckland in early September. Photo: American Magic/Will Ricketson

American Magic is expected to sail Patriot in the America’s Cup World Series in Auckland, Dec. 17-20; the Prada Cup, Jan. 15-Feb. 22; and the America’s Cup (if it wins the Prada Cup), slated for March 6-21, according to Sailing Scuttlebutt.

“We are up against three formidable teams, so it's going to be about doing everything as well as possible, and knowing that there are still plenty of gains on the table,” Barker said. “We have to keep chipping away at those and hope we are as good as we can be by the time we start racing in January at the Prada Cup.”

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