Last weekend, American Magic launched their first full-scale, 75-ft. boat – named Defiant – in its preparations for the 2021 America’s Cup competition, largely relying performance results from a smaller 38-ft. prototype nicknamed “The Mule,” created with Airbus’ engineering support in several design areas.
“Congratulations to the team for this incredible hard work, which has given birth to this truly impressive boat!” said Jean-Brice Dumont, Executive Vice-President Engineering. “Airbus’ collaboration with American Magic is a true illustration of what passionate and innovative people can achieve together.”
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Airbus ground test engineer Laurent Chatillon
American Magic, including the embedded Airbus engineers, will continue to train in Rhode Island’s waters during the fall of 2019 before relocating to Pensacola, Florida for the winter. This is where preparations will begin for the first America’s Cup World Series Races, to be held next April in Cagliari, Sardinia, with Defiant later being succeeded by a further-refined AC75#2 version. The following America’s Cup race will commence in Auckland, New Zealand from February to March 2021.
Airbus’ involvement with the multi-stage competition is an outstanding opportunity to unleash the company’s pioneering spirit in an entirely new context. The partnership also reflects Airbus’ significant – and growing – presence in North America.