To put into perspective just how far professional sailing has come, we were escorted aboard a replica of America's 1851 first America's Cup World Series winning yacht. Built in 1995, the historic yacht sailed for two and half days from the San Diego Maritime Museum where it lives most of the year, said crewmembers Michael Ash and Fathom Neft.
Although there was no doubting the beauty of this boat, it most certainly demonstrated that today's professional sailors have come a long way. And, the crew's excitement to be sailing this piece of maritime history to such an event was self-evident. "We've been looking forward to this day for a really long time," announced our captain, Tony Sears, to the crew and passengers just before setting sail.