The 1851 replica schooner America is visiting select ports on the west coast during its 2015 leg of the America’s Cup Tour. America’s skipper and owner, Troy Sears, says he hopes the tour will generate 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,” said Sears.
The schooner will visit two dozen seaside venues and yacht clubs in California, Oregon and Washington during its 24-city summer tour that started July 10 in Newport Beach, California. Here’s the remaining schedule for August:
- August 14 – Port of Everett Marina
- August 15-16 – Bell Harbor Marina, Seattle
- August 17 – Lake Union Park, Seattle
- August 18 – Sail Sand Point, Seattle
- August 19 – Port of Brownsville, Bremerton
- August 21-23 – Foss Waterway Seaport, Tacoma
- August 26 – Coos Bay, OR
- August 29 – Sausalito, CA
One of the Pacific Northwest ports of call is the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, where it will be docked August 21-23. The maritime heritage, education and event center is offering free entry to the replica schooner with paid admission to the Seaport. Events during the three days include dockside walk aboard tours of America; special junior sailor talks and tours; an America’s Cup multimedia presentation; and sails aboard America. Dockside tours and presentations are open to the public with paid admission to the Foss Waterway Seaport.
Visit America at Foss Waterway Seaport | Friday-Sunday, August 21-23 | 705 Dock Street, Tacoma
- Dockside Tours: Friday-Saturday-Sunday from 10AM to 12 noon. Free with paid admission to the Seaport.
- America’s Cup Multimedia Presentations: Friday and Saturday at 8PM. Free with paid admission to the Seaport.
- Sailings aboard America: Friday-Saturday-Sunday at 1PM. Purchase tickets online at www.zerve.com/nxtLevelSail. Free admission to the Seaport with ticket purchase.
- Sailings aboard America: Friday-Saturday at 5PM. Purchase tickets online at www.zerve.com/nxtLevelSail. Free admission to the Seaport with ticket purchase.
America is a replica of the 1929-foot yacht America that won the Royal Yacht Squadron’s “100 Guinea Cup” race around the Isle of Wight in 1851. The trophy was donated to the New York Yacht Club to be held as a challenge trophy, which came to be known as the America’s Cup. The replica of America was built in 1995 at a cost of more than $6 million. It is 139 feet in length, and capable of hosting up to 76 guests.