KVH Aims to Give American Magic an Edge

KVH is an official supplier of the New York Yacht Club American Magic challenge for the 36th America’s Cup.

American Magic racing boats
KVH has installed its TracPhone LTE-1 and the satellite-based TracPhone V3-HTS for American Magic’s chase boats. Courtesy KVH

KVH Industries has been named an official supplier of New York Yacht Club American Magic, a challenger for the 36th America’s Cup.

In an effort to create high-speed data transmissions that allow for a competitive edge, KVH installed satellite- and cellular-based communications equipment for the team’s chase boats. In addition, KVH is providing fiber-optic gyro-based sensors to aid in performance metrics for the team’s race boats.

“We are proud to support New York Yacht Club American Magic in its challenge for the America’s Cup,” Martin Kits van Heyningen, chief executive officer of KVH, stated in a press release. “There is special meaning for us since the America’s Cup is part of KVH’s history, with our very first product developed for a 12-meter yacht preparing for the 1980 America’s Cup.”


The connectivity equipment KVH installed includes the TracPhone LTE-1 and the satellite-based TracPhone V3-HTS. The two systems will be configured for least-cost routing, ensuring uninterrupted and cost-effective data delivery via automatic switching between LTE and satellite services.

Where will the technology be used? It’s expected to be part of the training in Newport, Rhode Island, and Pensacola, Florida, as well as in Italy.

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