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Historic yacht "America" to land in Beaufort

Historic yacht "America" to land in Beaufort

300 Front Street, Beaufort, NC | (252) 728-7317

September 21, 2016 - September 22, 2016

September 21-22, 2016
Times vary – see below

A replica of the original yacht that started the America’s Cup tradition in 1851 is coming to Beaufort.

On Wednesday and Thursday, September 21 and 22 the modern replica of the historic yacht America, captained by Troy Sears of Next Level Sailing will be offering tours and public sailings after landing in Beaufort.  The mission of this epic, international voyage is to generate awareness and excitement for the 35th Defense of America’s Cup, which will commence in June of 2017 in Bermuda.

The East Coast run of the America’s Cup Tour has engaged the sailing community — from Maine to Galveston — with sailings and intimate discussions about the past, present and future of America’s Cup racing.

DOCKSIDE TOURS ON AMERICA
On Wednesday and Thursday, September 21 and 22, the America will be open for dockside tours from 10 am to 1 pm.  The yacht will be docked in front of Front Street Grill at Stillwater on 300 Front Street.  There is a $5 per person charge (cash or check) with tickets sold at the entrance to the dock (Front and Orange Streets).  The proceeds from these tours will go to the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

PUBLIC SAILING ONBOARD AMERICA
On Wednesday and Thursday, September 21 and 22, the America will get underway with guests from the public for a 2 1/2 hour sailing cruise.  The sailing starts at 4:30 p.m. and returns at 7 p.m. to Front Street Grill at Stillwater at 300 Front Street.  These excursions are rare opportunities to sail back in time on a modern replica of the yacht that started it all back in 1851.  The public sails are $85 per adult and $42.50 for children 17 and under.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.nextlevelsailing.com or by calling 800-644-3454.

EVENING PRESENTATION BY AMERICA’S CAPTAIN
On Wednesday evening September 21 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a multi-media presentation by Capt. Sears, Americas’ owner, in the auditorium of the North Carolina Maritime Museum.  This event is free and open to the public.  Donations to the North Carolina Maritime Museum are appreciated.