Pleon Alum Trevor Burd Named to AC Team!
July 9, 2018
Pleon Yacht Club Alum Trevor Burd has been named to the New York Yacht Club's America's Cup Challenger Team American Magic! The initial roster of 17 accomplished sailors includes nine Americans and teammates from four other countries. American Magic is the U.S. sailing team challenging for the 36th America's Cup which will take place in March 2021 off Auckland, New Zealand.
"Every personnel decision we make in this campaign will be with a single goal in mind, and that is to win the America's Cup in 2021," said Terry Hutchinson, skipper and executive director of American Magic in an announcement by NYYC.
Burd, a Marblehead native, grew up sailing at Pleon, went on to distinguish himself at BU, and has dedicated himself to competing at the elite level in 49ers. A member of the US Sailing Team, he finished third in the Rio U.S. Olympic Sailing Team Selection Series, and has his sights set on Tokyo 2020 on top of all the work he'll be putting in as a trimmer on Team American Magic.
The 2021 America's Cup will be sailed in a new type of 75-foot hydro-foiling boat designed specifically for the event. According to Hutchinson, "A major consequence of the decision to return the regatta to cutting-edge monohulls of this size is that America's Cup racing has been refocused on sailing skills and teamwork. It will take a high level of performance from everyone on board to get these boats around the race course."
Everyone at Pleon is excited to follow Trevor's AC and Olympic campaigns. Stay tuned for more to come.