by Dan Dickison
The oldest trophy in international sport will be on public display during Sperry Top-Sider® Charleston Race Week on Saturday, April 21.
America’s Cup Trophy
First raced for in 1851, the America’s Cup, which represents supremacy in sailboat racing, is 161 years old this year.
It is currently held by the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) in San Francisco, California after its team, Oracle Team USA, won the Cup in February 2010. The GGYC and Oracle Team USA are preparing to defend the Cup when the 34th America’s Cup regatta takes place in San Francisco next year.
The America’s Cup is making its first-ever visit to Charleston by special arrangement between the organizers of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week and the GGYC. Tom Ehman, GGYC Vice Commodore and 32-year America’s Cup veteran, will be on hand at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina in Mt. Pleasant (the headquarters of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week) to offer a multi-media presentation about the Cup and the excitement of the events leading up to that regatta, in September 2013.
Viewing of the America’s Cup is free and open to the public, as is Mr. Ehman’s presentation, which will take place at 1:00 p.m. for approximately one hour. Families with children are encouraged to attend.
For additional information about Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, go to www.charlestonraceweek.com
For more information on the America’s Cup, go to www.americascup.com.