Log In

Reset Password

Replica of legendary yacht to race ‘Spirit’

A replica of the legendary yacht that gave the America's Cup its name will square off against Spirit of Bermuda in next year's 50th Newport to Bermuda Race.

America started the America's Cup tradition in 1851 by defeating the best the British could offer in a race around the Isle of Wight.

She will make her debut in the 635-nautical mile race after an extensive tour promoting the 35th America's Cup.

“The yacht America is going to do a promotional tour of the America's Cup, taking people out on the West Coast and the Caribbean and the East Coast of the United States,” Tucker Thompson, the official TV and public host of the 35th America's Cup, told The Royal Gazette.

“That tour is going to culminate in 2016 from the East Coast of the United States and Spirit of Bermuda, as I understand, will be joining her through a few specific major venues. At the end of that tour the two yachts will race in the Bermuda race.

“The unique part of that is sort of a metaphor of bringing America's Cup or America to Bermuda, and also tying in the history and the heritage of sailing in Bermuda and in America with the America's Cup all culminating in Bermuda.

“America and Spirit of Bermuda will then both be there for the America's Cup.”

Spirit of Bermuda has appeared in the previous two Bermuda races and was fourth in line honours in this year's Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race, with Governor George Fergusson among her crew.

“Watching those guys come down in the Marion Race this year was absolutely incredible,” said Peter Durhager, chairman of the America's Cup Bermuda.

“The challenge is on between America and the Spirit of Bermuda. It is going to be a lot of fun to see what happens in that and it's a pretty good bet that we will be in the hunt.”

Grant Gibbons, Minister of Economic Development, said: “One of the fastest vessels in Lord Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar was a Bermuda-rigged boat, so perhaps that's an indication of what would have happened in the first race around the Isle of Wight.”

The next instalment of the biennial Newport to Bermuda Race will be held in June next year.

The race was founded by a sailboat designer and racer, Thomas Fleming Day, who won the inaugural race in 1906.

Racing royalty: A replica of the America, the legendary yacht from which the America's Cup takes its name, will compete against Spirit of Bermuda in next year's Newport to Bermuda Race after completing an extensive promotional tour (Photograph by Gilles Martin-Raget via ACEA)

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published August 07, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated August 07, 2015 at 1:40 am)

Replica of legendary yacht to race ‘Spirit’

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon