Design CVs for American Magic; Scott Ferguson (United States) appointed coordinator of Desgin • Live Sail Die
American Magic, the American challenger for the 36th America’s Cup [AC36], continues its performance development work in preparation for a challenge for the 37th edition of the oldest event in international sport. To lead the design effort for the next campaign, the team recruited two-time America’s Cup winner Scott Ferguson (Jamestown, RI) as the design coordinator.
“We intend to make it to the 37th America’s Cup and build on everything we have learned and gained from our campaign for Auckland 2021 as we move forward,” said Hap Fauth, USA team manager. Magic and triple Maxi72 world champion. “I am delighted to see our team evolve and grow over the next few months, and Scott’s arrival is a key part of that. “
While American Magic is not involved in the planning of the next edition of the Cup on the event side, the American team has focused on internal preparations. The team is ready to adapt to the announcement of the AC37 site, the update of the AC75 class rule and the AC37 protocol after publication.
“Based on our regular dialogue with the Defender and the Challenger of Record, who are working out the details of the next event, we think we have a solid idea of what we need to design and build to win the 37th America’s Cup. said Terry Hutchinson, president of sailing operations and skipper of American Magic. “Now is the time to enter a new phase on the performance side of our program, and we are delighted to bring Scott on board with American Magic. His record with the Oracle Team USA Cup winning campaigns in 2010 and 2013 speaks for itself, but his vast experience at the highest levels of our sport goes far beyond. We will collectively assemble a design group that will work closely with our production and navigation teams to put us in a position to win the AC37. “
Ferguson’s previous work for the America’s Cup includes both design and management roles with Luna Rossa (Rig Design Manager 2000-2007), Oracle Team USA (Wing / Rig Design Manager 2007-2013, Design Coordinator / Senior Designer 2014-2017) and American Magic (Consultant, 2019-2021). The Rhode Island native’s other notable projects include platform design work with Volvo Ocean Race campaigns, Puma Ocean Racing, Team Groupama, Team Telefonica, Pirates of the Caribbean and several TP52 team / circuit winners including Quantum Racing. , the TP52 world champion team.
“Joining an established team like American Magic, which has a core of people, assets and data to draw on from day one, is an incredible opportunity,” said Ferguson. “The challenge of designing, building and perfecting a 3rd generation AC75 will be significant, but it is a challenge that we are taking on. Having a class continuity between the AC36 and the AC37, as stated by the Defender and the Challenger of Record, is a great thing for our sport. I firmly believe the AC37 is a winnable event and look forward to working with the Team Directors and Terry to get the right design group together to get the job done.
America’s Cup defender Emirates Team New Zealand and Challenger of Record INEOS Team UK issued a joint statement following the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland regarding their intentions for the next event which can be found here. More information on the venue, the AC75 class rule, and the protocol for AC37 is expected to be announced later this year.