How do you go about coaching the best sailors on earth? How do you guide America’s Cup winners, Olympic champions, engineers, athletes, Ph.D.’s, artisans and innovators? All are essential to success, all are at the top of their field, and perhaps consequentially, all are problematic to forge into a cohesive unit. 12-time World Champion coach James Lyne weighs in:

“It’s going to be an internal struggle, this Cup, because you’ve got to have enough design power that you’re fast enough. But we’ve still got to be able to sail the boat well enough around the course to extract that potential,” says Lyne. © American Magic

As the team’s AC75 DEFIANT departs from Pensacola bound for Auckland, American Magic Skipper Terry Hutchinson reflects on the impact of the team and what bringing the America’s Cup back home could do for the sport of sailing in the United States. © American Magic

In September 2019, American Magic’s DEFIANT became the first AC75 to both sail and foil on the waters of Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Since then, the first of two AC75’s to be built for the U.S. America’s Cup Challenger has been in a “shakedown” phase, where the complex and cutting-edge systems have been tested and refined.

Also part of this groundbreaking period has been the shakedown of the human element; the training of some of the world’s first AC75 sailors. American Magic’s team of grinders, trimmers, and other specialists have been recruited from the best of Olympic, foiling, and previous Cup classes, but sailing onboard DEFIANT is unlike anything else.

With nine graduates currently among their boatbuilding ranks in Bristol, Rhode Island, the IYRS School of Technology & Trades is a key community partner for the campaign to bring the America’s Cup back to America.

Chasing the America’s Cup was never the end goal for Santa Clara, California sailor Sean O’Halloran. Instead, it was about pursuing ever greater skills, experience, strength, and endurance any way he could. From bartending in Newport, to the proving grounds of Oakcliff, and then on to a shore team position at American Magic, his mindset was to finish each day as a better sailor than he was in the morning. In June 2019, Sean was offered a chance to step onboard DEFIANT as a member of the sailing team… but only if he could pass a test that few in the world would even attempt.

To earn a spot onboard an America’s Cup boat, would you upend your entire life, home, and career, embrace years of training, sacrifice and uncertainty, have enough faith in yourself to pass one, final, decisive, grueling test… and then keep passing that test until the Cup is won?

Watch as American Magic Testing Manager Anderson Reggio (Newport, R.I.) provides insights into the on-the-water operations for the U.S. Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup. Over 40 team personnel follow DEFIANT onto the water each day the boat goes out, including shore crew, coaches, safety specialists, designers, alternate sailors, and others. Launching, managing, protecting and analyzing an AC75 is a full-team effort executed with care, precision and purpose.

The first of American Magic’s two AC75’s is officially named DEFIANT in front of friends and family during a ceremony at the team’s base of operation in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

What if Lexus went beyond the road? Meet the all-new Lexus LY 650 Luxury Yacht, the seagoing Lexus flagship from the craftsmen at Marquis Yachts, arriving in late 2019.

The Lexus LY 650 reflects the commitment to craftsmanship shared by Marquis Yachts and Lexus. Meet the all-new Lexus LY 650 Luxury Yacht. Produced by the artisans at Marquis Yachts, arriving in late 2019.

When Airbus partnered with American Magic, some of the world’s leading aerospace engineers joined our team. On the ground from the early stages, they are making us faster and safer every day while also considering what foiling innovations could eventually make their way into aircraft that sail the skies.PRO-SET Epoxy is an official supplier to American Magic.

With Pensacola excelling as a winter base for the test boat, American Magic sailors, designers and shore crew put the Mule through its paces. The groundbreaking foiling monohull proves itself to be a smooth and fast ride for the U.S. America’s Cup Challenger, while foreshadowing the full-size AC75 boats still to come. PRO-SET Epoxy is an official supplier to American Magic.

The AM38 test boat, better known as the MULE, touches both sunlight and the sea for the first time. Half the size of the AC75 racing boats set to be used in the 36th America’s Cup (Auckland, New Zealand, 2021), the MULE has New York Yacht Club American Magic, the U.S. Challenger for sailing’s highest prize, flying across Narragansett Bay near Newport, Rhode Island. PRO-SET Epoxy is an official supplier to American Magic.

ANNA, a 65′ Modern Classic Sloop. Designed by Stephens-Waring in the spirit of a traditional sloop, and built by Lyman-Morse. Here she is summer sailing and racing in Penobscot Bay, Maine.

Scenes from the 2019 PRO-SET training sessions in GBI’s Technical Building.

Hinckley remains at the forefront of integrating the latest technologies. Carbon fiber has now replaced fiberglass. They were one of the first American builders to adopt SCRIMP resin infusion and today we remain a world leader in single bond infusion which allows for a single chemical bond between hull and support structure. With their move to PRO-SET Epoxy resin infusion this year, they are now building with a resin material of 40% greater strength and improved environmental benefits. Their time-honored and highly protected single bond, vacuum-infusion process chemically bonds carbon and epoxy from bow to stern for incredible strength and durability.

The 22-meter performance yacht. TOROA. Built by Brooklin Boat Yard and designed by Botin Partners, here she is sailing in the Gulf of Maine.

SONNY III is a 91′ cold-molded custom sloop built by Brooklin Boat Yard in just 18 months.

SURFARI 48 from Onne van der Wal on Vimeo. Built with PRO-SET Epoxy, this Surfari 48 is a 48 ft boat designed by Ted Fontaine of Rhode Island for Jimmy Buffett. Onne van der Wal shot this wonderful boat off the Bahamian island off Bimini in May of 2018.

A step-by-step demonstration of how to make a Canadian canoe using vacuum infusion with PRO-SET® epoxy, presented by West System International.

Bayliss Boatworks is one of the many boat crews rooted in the Outer Banks who builds world-class, custom Carolina boats. Fueled by passion and commitment, their team takes pride in their quality product and drive to be the best. There is no feeling more rewarding than christening a boat at their home dock after months of blood, sweat, and tears. These sportfishing yachts are not only functional but lasting pieces of art that started from nothing.

See how the vacuum infusion experts at HF Industri & Marine ApS, Ben Denham and a good friend, made 2 vacuum-infused fiberglass/carbon PRO-SET epoxy kayaks in a weekend.

PRO-SET was a technical supplier to ORACLE TEAM USA in their 2016 America’s Cup campaign. PRO-SET was the “nuts and bolts” in boat construction with state-of-the-art epoxy adhesives used by ORACLE TEAM USA.