While strolling San Diego Harbor, Calif. I was attracted to this 12 Meter racing sailboat, which competed in the Luis Vuitton Cup which from 1983 to 2007 decided the two finalists for the America's Cup.
I thought the America's Cup was at its best when there was maximum vessel length of 12 meters. Now it has been convoluted into the "International" America's Cup.
There has been numerous international court battles over the rules and where the race is to be held. Earlier this year in Valencia, Spain - Golden Gate Yacht Club used a gigantic 27 meter boat to defeat Societe Nautique de Geneve. The next race will probably be in San Francisco or San Diego, California, but Valencia, Spain is also an option.
I was fortunate to watch some of the challenge races in San Diego in 1992. I was cheering for Dennis Conner to repeat as victor with his boat Stars & Stripes. The winner was Buddy Melges with USA-23.
The original 12 meter vessels were beautiful to behold with their sleek lines and gossamer sails glidding across the water even with light winds.
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Wahclellaspirit (4107) 2010-06-02 20:19
I remember well sailing on a sloop this same length years ago in the bay. We raced from Angels Island to the Carquinez Bridge in Vallejo and back, the race was called the Midnight Marathon.
A beautiful vessel, with Dolphins for luck...