U.S. Cup Challenger To Open Sailing Center

By Eric Colby.

American Magic, the U.S. challenger for the 37th America’s Cup, has made an agreement to open a high-performance training center in Pensacola, Fla.

The syndicate secured a lease agreement with the city to open the facility at the Port of Pensacola. It will serve as headquarters for designing, building, hosting regattas and developing the current and next generation of America’s Cup, Olympic and international sailors.

“We are excited to build our headquarters in Pensacola and contribute to the thriving community,” Terry Hutchinson, skipper and president of sailing operations for American Magic, said in a statement. “Pensacola Bay offers the perfect natural amphitheater to host sailing races, from America’s Cup and Olympic Classes to Junior Sailing.”

Covering more than 63,000 square feet, the facility will provide American Magic with the infrastructure necessary to support all facets of its operations, including boat storage, maintenance and repair, plus office and training areas.

“This facility will not only serve as a central hub for our team, but will also deliver job growth and economic prosperity in the Pensacola region,” American Magic CEO Mike Cazer said in the statement.

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