Cup Racing to Begin at Last

Publish date:

At 9 pm ET tonight, the brand new AC75’s will go head-to-head for the first time in the pre-America’s Cup Prada America’s Cup World Series Auckland. U.S. viewers will be able to watch live on NBC Sports Gold or as a replay online. The event will run from December 16-18, U.S. time.

In the World Series, all four teams—American Magic, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, Emirates Team New Zealand and INEOS Team UK—will compete in a double round-robin, in which each team will race each other twice. The Christmas Race (Dec. 19, U.S. time) will be an elimination series.


Covid forced the cancellation of the other events in the Prada America’s Cup World Series, meaning that this week’s racing and the Christmas Race will be the only opportunities for the America’s Cup teams to face off before the elimination round that will choose who faces Emirates Team New Zealand in the Cup itself. “In terms of not having the opportunity to race in [the other venues], from the systems that go inside the boat, to the media, to the race committee, we all are probably a bit on the back foot,” said Terry Hutchinson, Skipper and Executive Director of American Magic. But the unknowns will undoubtedly make for exciting racing and a dramatic shakedown of the four different AC75 designs.

For more on the America’s Cup, visit

December 2020



At The Helm: Man Overboard!

Imagine this simple scenario: the boat’s powered up, sailing close-hauled in a building breeze under full sail. I come on deck as the skipper during the watch change to make sure the new crew is comfortable and the boat is properly set up for both the current conditions and more


Contrasting X-Yachts & Moody Cruisers

One of the most fascinating things about sailboats is the different ways that sailors, naval architects and builders will approach a single design problem. The result has been a bewildering array of rigs and hull forms over the years, and in the case of the two boats we’ll be more


Cruising Charter to Croatia

As is the case with so much of the Mediterranean, to sail in Croatia is to take a journey through time. Centuries before the birth of Christ, Greeks traded amphoras of oil, wine and grain across these waters. During the first millennium, the Romans built lavish palaces and more


Alicante Announced as an Ocean Race Europe Stop

The Ocean Race Europe, a new event in offshore sailing, will include Alicante as one of four stopover cities. This European offshoot of the former Volvo Ocean Race will include the biggest change to the racing rules under the new title—fully crewed IMOCA 60s will join the more


Preparing for a Doublehanded Race

A few months ago we took a look at the development and attraction of doublehanded racing (Two to Tango, June/July 2020). Hopefully, that served to whet your appetite. If so, the question becomes: “How do I get started? The good news, as we explained in Part 1, is that if you are more


A Key Approach to Passagemaking

How you approach offshore sailing is key to the success of each passage. In addition, some of the most valuable, even crucial attitudes and skills may not be either learned or valued in everyday life on shore and may even fly in the face of talents that are greatly admired and more


Point of SAIL: Mary Crowley of the Ocean Voyages Institute

In this episode of Point of SAIL, Principal Editor Adam Cort talks with Mary Crowley, founder and executive director of the Ocean Voyages Institute, a not-for-profit based in California that has been both educating sailors and working to preserve the health of the world’s ocean more


Tracking and Catching Plastic Waste

Plastic waste—in the form of everything from plastic soda bottles to abandoned fishing nets—constitutes a major threat to the health of the world’s oceans. Giving the immense size of an ocean, though, actually finding all the plastic floating around out there in a time-efficient more