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The New York Yacht Club American Magic’s PATRIOT racing boat capsized on the third day of the PRADA Cup racing and her prospects of continuing in the competition are currently unknown

The American team, which alongside INEOS TEAM UK and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli is one of the challengers in the PRADA Challenger Selection Series, led the Italians for the final mark in its competition on Sunday

A strong gust of wind pulled them out of the water before the racing boat PATRIOT came down and crashed on its side

The AC75 boats weigh seven tons and can reach speeds of around 100 km / h. Earlier this week, Sir Ben Ainslie described the moment the Emirates Team New Zealand capsized next to them during a training race and said that all the teams “Sail on a knife edge” to achieve the level of performance you need

Fortunately, after the capsize, which happened at high speed, the American Magic security team were quick to hold the crew members accountable and secure

In a statement released by the team, they confirmed that the PATRIOT racing boat was damaged. At this point, the extent of the damage is unknown and it is unclear whether it will prevent them from continuing in the crucial competition

“The team’s AC75 racing yacht, PATRIOT, was damaged during the incident and took in water,” added the American team’s statement

“American Magic received quick support from the three other America’s Cup teams, along with the America’s Cup Event Ltd, Race Management Team, Coastguard New Zealand, Auckland Harbourmaster, and local fire and police personnel

“Efforts are currently being made to stabilize PATRIOT and bring the yacht back ashore. American Magic is sincerely grateful for the support the team has provided following the incident”

The challengers have all of their America’s Cup campaigns at stake during this PRADA Challenger Selection Series, with only one in 36th place Win the America’s Cup game in March and play against Emirates Team New Zealand

Follow every moment of the America’s Cup challenge live on Sky Sports. The coverage continues with the fourth day of the PRADA Challenger Selection Series on Friday at 2 a.m. on Sky Sports Mix, which repeats again at 9 a.m.

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Source: https://www.skysports.com/more-sports/sailing/news/30786/12190264/36th-americas-cup-new-york-yacht-club-american-magic-capsize-on-day-three-of-prada-cup