Pleon Alum Sailing in America's Cup
January 15, 2021
The America's Cup Challenger Selection Series got underway today in Auckland, NZ and the Pleon community is excited to cheer on one of its own. Pleon alum Trevor Burd, sailor on American Magic, grew up sailing at Pleon and has been passionate about the sport ever since.
You can read all about Trevor's impressive sailing career in this Wind Check Magazine interview. Pleon gets an early shout out! You can also check out Trevor's YouTube video describing what it takes to sail in the America's Cup.
The America's Cup Challenger Selection Series between Great Britain, Italy, and the USA is the battle to decide which team will go up against the current Cup holder, Team New Zealand in the final cup competition this March. This 36th edition of the event is being sailed in 75-foot, foiling rocket ships that fly over the water at mind-boggling speeds. Crashes do happen and it's pretty unbelievable to see a 75-footer go over.
You can watch the event on NBCSN, YouTube, Facebook, americascup.com and the America's Cup app.
The America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport and several Pleon alums have been on teams including Robbie Doyle and Jud Smith. The USA won the first contest in 1851 against England and went on to hold it for 132 years, the longest winning streak in sports' history. Australia beat the US for the upset in 1983 and, although the America's Cup came back, New Zealand and Switzerland have both won it multiple times since. Should American Magic prevail, the America's Cup will return to the New York Yacht Club for the first time since the 1983 loss. The event is typically held every three years. America's Cup History
We're excited to watch!
Go Trevor and the entire American Magic Team! Bring it home!