Step aboard a replica of the schooner that launched the America’s Cup tradition in 1851 when it docks at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels in September.
The 139-foot yacht named America will be at the museum Labor Day, Sept. 5-6 and Sept. 10-11. Families can take dockside tours and even sign up for a cruise on the historic racing schooner.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and America’s visit touches deeply our mission of preserving and exploring maritime heritage,” says CBMM president Kristen Greenaway. “We’re very keen to give our guests the opportunity to climb and sail aboard her, and especially our youth the opportunity to explore the science and technology that are behind America’s Cup racing.”
The visit will include multimedia programs covering the past, present and future of the America’s Cup along with special junior sailing talks and tours. The talks will delve into the principles of sailing and the benefits of junior sailing, including self-reliance and confidence.
The original America defeated the best the British could offer to win the Royal Yacht Squadron’s “100 Pound Cup” in 1851. The schooner began its North American tour in Sand Diego in 2015 and is now working its way up to the East coast to Maine.