America’s Cup Sailboats Come to Stonington
NESS Hosts American Eagle and Weatherly
STONINGTON, CT. Two 12 Meter racing yachts, American Eagle and Weatherly, will be sailing in Stonington Harbor on Monday, June 10 as part of a fundraiser for the New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS). These two spectacular sailboats are pristine pieces of the living history of racing yacht design.
American Eagle and Weatherly are part of the 12 Meter Class of racing sailboats. This class of sailboats, which was at its pinnacle from 1907 to 1987, is renowned for its innovative designs by the world’s most distinguished naval architects. The boats vary in length from 60 to 70 feet and were sailed at the highest levels of international sailing competition – in the Olympic Games from 1908 to 1920 and the America’s Cup from 1958 to 1987.
Of the upcoming event, NESS’s President Spike Lobdell said: “NESS was founded on the spirit of inclusiveness and has the goal of getting everyone out on the water regardless of ability or financial need. To have these historically relevant boats come to Stonington Harbor for our fundraiser is incredibly exciting and a great educational opportunity.”
NESS, a nationally-recognized and award-winning nonprofit ocean adventure education organization, provides students of all ages with year-round ocean adventure programming that includes marine science, sailing, and water sports. NESS scholastic programs support teachers’ STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curricula with a unique combination of on-the-water and in-the-classroom lessons intended to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. In 2018, NESS became the first school partner program to be accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
In July, Newport is hosting the 12 Meter World Championships and the fleet will consist of boats built between 1928 and 1987 including both American Eagle and Weatherly.