• Dean Barker and American Magic are eager to get sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Photo American Magic.
    Dean Barker and American Magic are eager to get sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Photo American Magic.
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Stuff.co.nz. By Duncan Johnstone

American Magic hope to have their America’s Cup boat on the water for system checks on Friday and plan to be training on the Waitemata Harbour next week.

Dean Barker, the Kiwi helmsman for the New York Yacht Club’s syndicate confirmed to Stuff on Thursday they have their Auckland base functional and with enough sailing and shore crew to get their AC75 Defiant operational again.

They are in a desperate game of catchup but still back their decision to transfer their campaign to New Zealand early, with the bulk of their team now through the quarantine period enforced by border controls against the coronavirus pandemic.

It will be almost five months since they last sailed, opting to head to Auckland from Florida, rather than transfer back to Rhode Island for summer training there.

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