Preview: America’s Cup – Challenger Series Highlights

January 16, 2021

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Here are the 25-minute highlight videos of the Challengers’ Series for the Americas Cup.

Three teams — Italy, USA & UK — all match-racing in a round robin to see which team gets to race New Zealand for the Cup in March.

Round 1 > Day 1 > Highlights:

It’s worth noting that the UK failed miserably in a series of races at Christmas time, not being competitive at all and logging six straight losses . . . but their boat is skippered by Sir Ben Ainsley who was knighted in part for his role as tactician in Team Oracle’s eight straight wins against Team New Zealand to win the cup after being down 8-1.

Round 1 > Day 2 > Highlights:

Oh, before you watch day two races, I forgot to mention that Sir Ben (skipper of the UK’s boat) is the most successful sailor in Olympic history, and here’s a bit of his record in World Championships:

Round 1 > Day 3 > Highlights:

Psssst. You don’t want to miss the second race of day 3:

Round 1 > Day 3 > The Fight to Save the Boat:

Terry Hutchinson Looks Back at Patriot’s Capsize:

American Magic’s Capsize: A Step-by-Step Explanation:

This is a pretty fascinating explanation of the capsize:

After the capsize, the Americans have only a few days to fix the boat, including structural damage, rig damage, and completely replacing the systems. Will they make it back in the water for the semi-finals against Italy?


After the capsize, the Americans are back on the water and racing Italy in the semi-finals of the Prada Cup (Challenger Series) to see who gets to race the U.K. for the right to challenge New Zealand for the America’s Cup.

Challenger Series > Semi-Finals > U.S. vs. Italy > Day 1 > Highlights:

Challenger Series > Semi-Finals > U.S. vs. Italy > Day 2 > Highlights:

Stay tuned — more races will be posted here, and you can watch all the races at the AC’s YouTube Channel here.

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