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American Magic’s Cassidy Ready For Action

Wrapping up a late afternoon session in Auckland before the Prada Cup start, American Magic's sailor prepare for the tow home and another late-night debrief.

Wrapping up a late afternoon session in Auckland before the Prada Cup start, American Magic’s sailor prepare for the tow home and another late-night debrief. (Sailing Energy/American Magic/)

To take my call from the opposite hemisphere, American Magic sailing team member Matt Cassidy steps outside into the open air at the team’s base, for better reception over his cellphone’s 3G connection. He doesn’t have the Spark 5G service enjoyed by the sailors of Emirates Team New Zealand across the way. Chalk this one up as yet another advantage for the Defender. But no matter, because outside, it’s a beautiful day in Auckland.

It’s a warm summer morning, there’s no COVID, and it’s a boat maintenance day—exactly one week out before the first race of the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series. Until the New York YC team’s first lineup with INEOS Team UK on January 15, Cassidy, the 42-year-old grinder from Harbor Springs, Michigan, has one primary task: stay healthy and be ready to give it his all if he’s tapped in to hit the handles…

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