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American Magic Hastens Return to the Racecourse

American Magic's AC75 Patriot undergoes major repairs to hull and system inside the team's base in Auckland

American Magic’s AC75 Patriot undergoes major repairs to hull and system inside the team’s base in Auckland (Sailing Energy/)

As the Prada Cup’s final round-robin races are set to get underway later today in Auckland, New Zealand, American Magic’s shore team is racing to complete repairs to the team’s AC75, Patriot, which remains in triage as structural hull repairs continue and complex mechatronic systems are painstakingly reinstalled. At the moment, says grinder Cooper Dressler, the sailing team’s fate is in the hands of the builders. There’s not much he can do. “It’s a bit of a waiting game,” he says. “We’re just trying to stay sharp and fit. These guys are very specialized, so all I can do is go around and empty the trash bins and help out wherever I can.”

Inside the shed, Dressler says, the rebuild is happening before his eyes. “We had a big first night of removing systems. Everything electronic had to come out.”

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