America’s Cup Team to Build New Boats in Bristol, RI

New York Yacht Club American Magic (“American Magic”), the U.S. sailing team challenging for the 36th America’s Cup, has announced plans to open a dedicated construction facility and build a pair of state-of-the-art racing boats in Bristol, Rhode Island.

“There is no better place to build world-class racing boats than in Rhode Island, with its unmatched marine industry, skilled workforce, and rich America’s Cup heritage,” said Hap Fauth, Team Principal and CEO of American Magic. To date, Fauth has built two highly successful racing yachts in the state at New England Boatworks (NEB) in Portsmouth, RI. A third boat, which shares the name BELLA MENTE with its predecessors, is currently under construction at that company.

“American Magic’s decision to choose Bristol for their new boatbuilding facility is a real vote of confidence in the Rhode Island marine industry as a whole,” said Andy Tyska, a board member of the Rhode Island Marine Trade Association (RIMTA) and a member of the Bristol Town Council. “We expect that the team’s multiyear building project will have a positive economic impact on our area, and help expose Rhode Island’s world-class composite and marine technology capabilities to audiences around the world.

In addition to opening a dedicated America’s Cup boatbuilding facility in Bristol, New York Yacht Club American Magic intends to enlist several Rhode Island marine and engineering companies in the effort to win back the America’s Cup.