A replica of the famous racing schooner America will be in port in Salem on August 13 and 14. The original America won the Royal Yacht Squadron’s “100 Guinea Cup” race around the Isle of Wight in 1851, resulting in the race being renamed the “America’s Cup.” The United States successfully defended the trophy against all challengers until 1983, creating what remains the longest winning streak in sporting history.
America owner and captain Troy Sears has embarked on an extensive tour of the East and Gulf coasts and the Caribbean to raise awareness of the 2017 America’s Cup defense in Bermuda. The tour is giving sailing fans of all ages the opportunity to visit the historic 139-foot vessel, learn about the history of the America’s Cup, and set sail with the captain and crew. TheAmerica will be stopping in Salem for the weekend of August 13-14, 2016.
Part of Salem Maritime National Historic Site’s Centennial Celebration Programming, the Yacht America will be berthed at Central Wharf. She is expected to arrive on the high tide at approximately 8:00 AM on August 13.
In addition to the dockside tours and ticketed sunset sails, owner and Captain Troy Sears will give a presentation about the America’s Cup, its past, present, and future. This 166-year-old sporting event is one of the international sailing community’s most exciting challenge and coveted award.
Saturday, August 13
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM . . . Free dockside tours of the America while berthed at Central Wharf
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM . . . Multimedia Presentation: Past, Present, and Future of the America’s Cup, St. Joseph’s Hall, Salem Maritime National Historic Site
6:15 PM – 8:15 PM . . . Sunset Sail aboard America (Tickets: $85 adults; $42.50 17 and under)
Sunday, August 14
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM . . . Free dockside tours of the America while berthed at Central Wharf
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM . . . Multimedia Presentation: Past, Present, and Future of the America’s Cup, St. Joseph’s Hall, Salem Maritime National Historic Site
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM . . . Sunset Sail aboard America (Tickets: $85 adults; $42.50 17 and under)
Tickets and details are available at fareharbor/yachtamerica. Please note that space is limited and that tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis.
Learn more: CNN covered the America arriving in New York Harbor for the recent America’s Cup World Series event: http://bit.ly/YachtAmericaNY. For complete information on the vessel and her voyage, visitNextLevelSailing.com.