I had the great privilege to sail “Columbia” the first twelve meter to defend the America’s Cup in 1958. at the America’s Cup Jubilee. There were 38 twelve meters there. This was a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the America’s Cup.
The idea of the Royal Yacht Squadron, from my prospective it exceeded all expectations. It was an endless parade of yachts each more beautiful and graceful the the next.
Today was a full day, starting with breakfast talks about the past, present and future of the America’s Cup. Followed by boat assignments for the “legends” race; after a general recall, “Freedom” with Dennis Connor won the next start and the race. The America’s Cup Hall of Fame took place in the evening inducting 6, five of which were from the “new” generation of America’s Cup sailors. While I am certain they were all deserving; I think the selection committee should have considered the weekend and chosen from the 12 meter era 1958-1987. tomorrow, Sunday is the last day of the event and another panel discussion is scheduled before we all go our separate ways; which is the reason this weekend took particular importance for me. I am not likely to see many of these people ever again.