April 23, 2019

RIBCRAFT Joins America's Cup Challenger As Official Supplier

April 23, 2019


New York, NY. - New York Yacht Club American Magic, Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, today announced RIBCRAFT as the team’s Official Supplier of RIBs (rigid inflatable boats). RIBCRAFT boats will be used to support American Magic sailing operations, enhance team hospitality experiences and augment transportation options for shore team specialists, designers, and coaches. Trusted by military operators, first responders, marine companies, yacht clubs and sailing coaches around the world, RIBCRAFT will work alongside American Magic to win the America’s Cup, the oldest event in international sports and the highest prize in sailing.

“Our chase boats play a major role in the success of our team, and joining with RIBCRAFT ensures that we have safe, reliable and high-performance equipment,” said Terry Hutchinson, Skipper and Executive Director of American Magic. “RIBCRAFT has the confidence of our sailors, shore team and coaches, and we are proud to partner with such an awesome American marine company.”

“With a long history supporting yacht clubs and sailing syndicates around the world, on behalf of RIBCRAFT, we’re thrilled to partner with American Magic as the Official RIB supplier,” said Brian Gray, President of RIBCRAFT. “As one of the few American built rigid inflatable boat (RIB) manufactures, we are the only builder committed to the sailing community and have been for over twenty years. It’s only natural that RIBCRAFT be named the Official RIB of American Magic,” said Gray. “Supporting American Magic as they compete for the highest prize in sailing is a natural extension of our long partnership with the New York Yacht Club.”

American Magic will take delivery of multiple 2019 RIBCRAFT 7.8’s designed to provide a stable, dry ride in rough conditions. The boats will operate out of American Magic’s bases in the U.S. and around the world until the conclusion of the team’s campaigns for the upcoming America’s Cup World Series, the Prada Cup and the 36th America’s Cup. The Cup match and preliminary events are set to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in early 2021.

RIBCRAFT designs and builds safe, durable, performance oriented rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) that fulfill the most demanding professional and recreational applications. A leading manufacturer of professional grade RIBs and inflatables for yacht clubs, safety professionals, military agencies, and recreational boaters throughout the world, RIBCRAFT offers vessels ranging in size from 15’ to 41’. Durable, safe and functional, RIBCRAFT’s professional grade construction stands up to the hard and frequent use of yacht clubs, sailing programs, and race syndicates. www.ribcraftusa.com

About New York Yacht Club American Magic
Formed in October 2017 by Bella Mente Racing, Quantum Racing and the New York Yacht Club, American Magic brings together two highly successful racing programs with one of the foremost yacht clubs in the world. The team represents a shared vision of launching a campaign for the 36th America's Cup competition, reconnecting the American sailing base with sailing's premier event and elevating the quality of competitive sailing in the United States.

American Magic will develop and support a team that will participate in the America's Cup competition, the Prada Cup and the America's Cup World Series events that lead up to both. American Magic’s Official Innovation Partner is Airbus. Other partnerships include Official Apparel Sponsor Helly Hansen and Official Control Systems Sponsor Parker Hannifin. American Magic is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. www.americanmagic.com

Press Contacts:
Kelly Marie

Will Ricketson
Communications Director
American Magic
T: +1 978 697 2384 (USA)
E: will@americanmagic.com

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