A replica of the famous racing schooner America will visit Northeast Harbor and Bar Harbor Aug. 7-8. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMERICA’S CUP TOUR

Replica of first America’s Cup winner to visit



MOUNT DESERT — A replica of the racing schooner America is set to visit Northeast Harbor Aug. 7 and Bar Harbor Aug. 8 as an official ambassador of The America’s Cup.

The America’s Cup trophy on the transom of a replica of the famous racing schooner America, winner of the first America’s Cup. The replica schooner will visit Northeast Harbor and Bar Harbor Aug. 7-8. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMERICA’S CUP TOUR

The America’s Cup trophy on the transom of a replica of the famous racing schooner America, winner of the first America’s Cup. The replica schooner will visit Northeast Harbor and Bar Harbor Aug. 7-8. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMERICA’S CUP TOUR

The original America started the America’s Cup tradition in 1851 by defeating the best the British could offer and winning the Royal Yacht Squadron’s “100 Pound Cup.”

The Bar Harbor Yacht Club and Northeast Harbor Fleet are hosting the visit. Students in area camps and sailing schools are set to participate. America is 139 feet long overall, and its main mast is 105 feet tall. She can carry 76 passengers on day sails.

On Sunday, Aug. 7, free public tours of the schooner at the dock in Northeast will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Public sails are set for 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tickets for the sails are $85 for adults and $42.50 for kids 17 and under.

America heads over to the Bar Harbor town pier for tours and public sails Monday, Aug. 8, on the same schedule. Tickets for the public sails are available at www.nehfleet.org.

“This opportunity is about more than engaging the yachting community in discussions about the current state of America’s Cup racing,” America owner and skipper Troy Sears said in a statement. “It’s also about generating greater interest and awareness among today’s youth. We’re looking forward to welcoming young minds aboard America to explore the science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] disciplines that have always been an integral part of America’s Cup racing.”

The original America was designed by James Rich Steers and George Steers for a group of New York Yacht Club members headed by Commodore John Cox Stevens. It was launched in May of 1851. Later in its career, it did service for the Confederate States of America as well as the U.S. Naval Academy. It was scrapped in 1945.

The first replica of America was built here in Maine by Goudy and Stevens in Boothbay and launched in 1967. The replica making this tour was built in California in 1995 for Virginia businessman Ray Giovanni.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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