With the final America’s Cup preliminary regatta with the AC40s completed over the weekend in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, event organizers and teams are looking ahead to two new events slated for the America’s Cup spectacle in Barcelona next year: the Puig Women’s America’s Cup and the Youth America’s Cup. While several of the Cup challengers have announced their up-and-coming squads, the New York YC’s American Magic challenger released the roster of its women’s sailing team this week, highlighting a talented squad gleaned from trials and tryouts of the past year.
The six named sailors include Francesca Clapcich, of Park City, UT, Erika Reineke, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Stephanie Roble, of East Troy, WI, Helena Scutt, of San Francisco, CA
Sara Stone, of Marion, MA, and Anna Weis, of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
“It’s an honor to be selected for the American Magic Women’s Team and compete for the Puig Women’s America’s Cup,” said Erika Reineke, 2017 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year in a team statement. “My teammates bring valuable experience from different classes, and we’re excited to learn from each other, work together, and maximize our potential. Training with both the American Magic Cup Team and the Youth Team is a great opportunity. We’re one team, all aiming for the same final result in Barcelona.”
According to a statement from the team, Suzy Leech, co-leader of the New York Yacht Club Women’s and Youth America’s Cup Task Force and a veteran of the 1995 America³ America’s Cup team, led the effort to finalize the team and said, “Our goal is not just to compete but to win the Puig Women’s America’s Cup, illustrating that U.S. women can reach the pinnacle of this sport.”