Aussie Slingsby joins US America's Cup bid

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Australia's Tom Slingsby will be part of New York Yacht Club American Magic's America's Cup bid.
Camera IconAustralia's Tom Slingsby will be part of New York Yacht Club American Magic's America's Cup bid. Credit: AP

Australian Tom Slingsby has joined New York Yacht Club American Magic in a bid to win back the most prestigious trophy in sailing.

The team announced on Tuesday that Slingsby would be sailing with American Magic for the 37th America's Cup, set to be contested off Barcelona, Spain in late 2024.

"I look forward to doing whatever I can to help our team in their quest to bring the trophy back to the United States and the New York Yacht Club," Slingsby said in a statement.

"We've got world-class talent on board the boat and backing us on the shore, I'm proud and excited to be a part of it."

Slingsby is expected to join the team later this summer at a training base in Pensacola, Florida.

The New York Yacht Club enjoyed a 132-year winning streak in the competition for the oldest trophy in international sports until 1983, when Australia II became the first successful challenger to win the America's Cup.

New York Yacht Club American Magic was formed in 2018 and competed for the 36th America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, an event won by Team New Zealand.

"As a previous winner of the America's Cup, Tom knows what it takes to climb that mountain," Terry Hutchinson, skipper and president of sailing operations for American Magic said.

"He has shown incredible ability in foiling yachts, and his skill and experience will be a tremendous asset."

Slingsby won an Olympic gold medal at London in 2012 and has won multiple world championships, from single-handed foiling Moths to supermaxis.

He sailed with Oracle Team USA in the 2013 and 2017 America's Cup matches and won the first two seasons of SailGP as the skipper of the Australian team.

He will continue with his role on the Australia SailGP team.

In late March, Slingsby and Team Australia clinched SailGP's $1 million, winner-take-all season 2 championship on San Francisco Bay.

Slingsby also led Australia to victory in the inaugural SailGP edition in 2019.

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