There is no place other than San Diego that 108 novice sailors can participate in a hands-on authentic America’s Cup match race. That’s right…..our two ‘IACC’ yachts are possibly the last generation America’s Cup yacht that any public guests will ever get to sail. Why is that? Well the current racing for the ‘cup’ is being conducted in 45 Ft high speed twin hull catamarans. They are light weight, very fast and technologically advanced with revolutionary ‘wing’ sails compared to a traditional sail plan. These are not made to carry any more than 5 very professional sailing crew, fine tuned athletes whose fitness level has to be at their very best to scamper around continuously on these ‘adrenaline junkie’ machines. So….the chances of them ever carrying passengers is ‘zero’, and if the future of the America’s Cup is to stay with these vessels then the public will be waiting a long time to get on anything newer than the last generation “International America’s Cup Class” vessels that we have. These yachts “Stars & Stripes” and “Abracadabra” are the “only pair” of these vessels in the USA.
Consider then that our larger yacht “America” is also one-of-a-kind and the combination of the three makes this an incredibly unique event.