Marlow Ropes USA Continues Official Supplier Status to 37th America’s Cup Challenger American Magic

Marlow Ropes, is thrilled to announce that we will once again be the Official Performance Rope Supplier of the New York Yacht Club American Magic Team – Official Challenger for the 37th America’s Cup.

Marlow will work closely with the American Magic technical crew to develop and supply custom, sustainable rigging solutions for the preliminary race series this fall. With extensive experience in rigging many previous America’s Cup challengers and building upon over 200 years of ropemaking expertise, Marlow is well positioned to help the team in their quest to reclaim the legendary Auld Mug – the oldest trophy in international sport. “Marlow’s experience with past Cups gives us a close look into what it takes to compete as a Challenger,” said Sam Vineyard, Marlow US Leisure Marine Sales Manager. “Add to that our extensive work in the grand prix space and ability to leverage our state-of-the-art technology applied in other industries, and we have a unique perspective on rigging these boats.”

The 37th America’s Cup will be held August-October 2024 in Barcelona, Spain and contested under an updated ‘version2’ of the AC75 Class Rule. Following success with this class in the 36th America’s Cup in 2021, race organisers opted to continue with the AC75 format, albeit with technical improvements, upgraded electronics and enhanced software systems. With larger foils and reduced crew weight, the redesigned AC75s are expected to achieve speeds approaching 50 knots.

An exciting change and highlight for 2024 is the addition of Women’s and Youth America’s Cup fleet and match

racing events to foster the growth of the sport and development of new sailors. The teams will race in a new foiling class of boats introduced just for this purpose – AC40. Like a smaller version of AC75, AC40 conforms to the strict one-design monohull format but with equalisations for component size and crew weight.

“We’re truly privileged to have Marlow Ropes back on board as our Official Performance Rope Supplier,” said Terry Hutchinson, President of Sailing Operations at American Magic. ”Marlow’s commitment to innovation and their proven track record in providing top-tier rigging solutions align perfectly with our goals. With their expertise and support, we’re confident in our ability to push boundaries and compete at the highest level in the 37th America’s Cup.”

With its long history of technically superior rope-making and commitment to the future of the sport, Marlow is proud to continue supplying high-performance ropes in the world’s oldest iconic competition. We wish New York Yacht Club American Magic the best of luck in its endeavour to bring the Cup back home to the 44th Street clubhouse of New York Yacht Club.

Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup Barcelona © Maria Muiña

About New York Yacht Club American Magic
American Magic is building the high-performance sailing franchise in the United States with a dual mandate to win the America’s Cup and elevate sailing in America. Formed in 2017, New York Yacht Club American Magic combines two highly successful American racing programs, Bella Mente Racing and Quantum Racing, with one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world. All are united by a determination to regain the America’s Cup, reconnect the American sailing base with the premier event in the sport, and elevate the quality of competitive sailing in the United States.