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America's Cup: NYYC American Magic announces core training squad for summer 2023

by NYYC American Magic 26 Jun 2023 05:48 PDT 27 June 2023
American Magic - AC40 - Day 1 - June 22, 2023 - Barcelona © Alex Carabi / America's Cup

The New York Yacht Club American Magic sailing squad was confirmed on Monday morning as the team launched their second AC40 in Barcelona following their relocation from Pensacola, FL.

The squad includes Olympic Gold Medalists Tom Slingsby and Paul Goodison, Olympic Bronze Lucas Calabrese, U.S. Olympians Andrew Campbell and Riley Gibbs, and Etchell World Champion Michael Menninger.

Under the leadership of Terry Hutchinson, Skipper and President of Sailing Operations, and Coach Tom Burnham, NYYC American Magic has assembled a group comprising a mix of youthful talent and experienced sailors. Eleven athletes will embark on their first America's Cup cycle, including Harry Melges, who was named US Sailing's 2021 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.

Hutchinson and Burnham have selected seven afterguard members and ten cyclors, showcasing the squad's flexibility, as many sailors can fulfill multiple positions.

"We are fortunate to have assembled a strong sailing team. The squad represents a good balance of experience on the water and athletically with the cyclors. The process put forward by training coaches Baden Cashmore and Ben Day to develop the power plant of the team has produced significant results." said Terry Hutchinson.

“Our training will continue on the coastal waters off of Barcelona. We look forward to learning the venue and focusing on developing our platforms."

The team will train in Barcelona ahead of the first Preliminary Regatta of the 37th America's Cup in Vilanova i la Geltrú. The racing is scheduled to take place over four days between September 14th and 17th, 2023, in the new foiling class - the AC40.

Having recently relocated from Pensacola, American Magic is now based in Barcelona for the final phase of the 37th America's Cup campaign in 2024. The 37th America's Cup will be held in Barcelona, Spain, in September and October 2024.

The Squad:

Afterguard: Lucas Calabrese, Andrew Campbell, Riley Gibbs, Paul Goodison, Harry Melges, Michael Menninger, Tom Slingsby.

Cyclors: Trevor Burd, John Croom, Cooper Dressler, Colton Hall, Tim Hornsby, Ashton Lambie, Madison Molitor, Ethan Seder, Chris Shirley, James Wright.

Additional Images from AC40-8 Day 1:

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