Update: America is now accepting passengers! See schedule below.
Photos by Jim Shubin and Laurie McAndish King
Built in 1995, America is a $6 million replica—and, not surprisingly, the only replica—of the famous schooner after which the America’s Cup is named.
The original America was completed in 1851 for the World’s Fair. The world’s fastest boat, she was also the first ship to cross the Atlantic on a “recreational” cruise, and soon thereafter won Queen Victoria’s 100 Guinea Cup in England. The trophy was awarded to the New York Yacht Club, who renamed it “America’s Cup” and launched the America’s Cup competition.
But her life wasn’t all fun and games. America was purchased by the Confederate Army and used as a blockade runner, then scuttled to keep her out of the hands of Union troops. The Union Navy resurrected and restored her, and used America as a training ship. Later, she was berthed in a warehouse for the winter, and crushed when the roof caved in due to heavy snow.
America now serves as a vessel for personal sailing, private charters, and corporate hospitality events. Berthed at the Golden Gate Yacht Club, she is Coast Guard certified for 80 passengers and will be operational through September, 2011. $85 for adults; $44 for children 12 & under.
Three-hour sails depart from the Golden Gate Yacht Club and begin at 1 pm; plan to board at 12:30. BYO picnic lunch/snacks if you wish. You may also BYO adult beverages or purchase from the small bar onboard. Bring hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera & warm jackets. Dress in layers and please wear soft-soled shoes.
Here’s the sailing schedule for July:
- Sunday, July 3
- Friday, July 8
- Saturday, July 9
- Friday, July 15
- Sunday, July 17
- Friday, July 22
- Saturday, July 23
- Friday, July 29
- Saturday, July 30
Reserve online or call 855-227-3201.