Capt. Troy Sears and his tall ship, the America, arrived at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey on Tuesday, Aug. 28, as a guest of the club.
The America was part of legendary racing skipper Dennis Conner’s fleet.
The 139-foot timber vessel is a replica of the original America, built in the 1800s, a low, black schooner, that won the America’s Cup in the Royal Yacht Squadron’s “100 Guinea Cup” race around the Isle of Wight in 1851.
The trophy was donated to the New York Yacht Club to be held as a challenge trophy, and came to be known as the America’s Cup.
Sears said he is returning from the America’s Cup that ended in San Francisco on Aug. 26. He was planning to return to San Diego, where the ship is anchored at the San Diego Maritime Museum, and participates in tours, whale watching and sunset cruises.
The ship is now owned by Sears and is used as a family vessel as well. The company is named Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup Experience.
There are four watertight compartments in the vessel, and in case of emergency such as a strike along the side, the engines would fail to function but the vessel wouldn’t sink, said Sears.
“Dennis and I were in partnership on the vessel for six-and-a-half years. I bought him out last year, but our strong friendship remains and he occasionally comes along on one of the tours,” said Sears.
Sears was scheduled to return to San Diego Wednesday night, Aug. 29 and estimates the journey would take approximately 12 hours, in time to take part in the San Diego Festival of Sails on Thursday, Aug. 30.