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  Issue #1:  February 2011 
Welcome Aboard!
We're Celebrating Our 25th Year!

Welcome to the first issue of our e-newsletter
"H2GO". 2011 marks our 25th year in business-- and it's been an incredible ride! America's Cup Charters' partners George Hill and Herb Marshall began their endeavor by sailing their respective yachts to Newport, RI, the traditional home of the America's Cup. Our fleet has grown and the years have flown by, but the formula remains the same-- great yachts, beautiful sailing waters and talented crew who share their expertise and enthusiasm with our clients. We look back on the 25 years and realize it's been a wonderful journey. From cold winter restoration projects to international regattas we've loved the voyage, meeting some incredible people and participating in extraordinary experiences along the way.

Here are just a few of the waypoints that have shaped our course:










Leukemia Cup

157th NYYC Regatta

Newport Trophy

Newport Folk Festival

Charter A Classic
to hear the music from the water for these two legendary music events!

Newport Jazz Festival

Edgartown 12 Metre Regatta

Nantucket 12 Metre Regatta

Opera House Cup

MOY Classic Yacht Regatta

Sail for Hope

12 Metre North American Championship

Dennis Conner 12 Metre Challenge &
NY Classic Week

  • 1986: Weatherly was purchased by George Hill in Seattle, WA. He sailed her back to Newport, RI via the Panama Canal.

  • 1987: American Eagle was purchased by Herb Marshall in Annapolis, MD. He sailed her back to Newport, RI. Herb and George arrived in Newport Harbor independently of each other but with the same game plan-- bring America's Cup 12 Meters back to their home waters. Upon meeting they began working together to offer clients The Cup experience of racing aboard 12 Meters. Weatherly and American Eagle were the first actual America's Cup yachts available for charter racing in the USA.

  • 1991: Hurricane Bob. American Eagle and Weatherly have a lively sail back from the Opera House Regatta in Nantucket, MA to seek safe refuge in New Bedford, MA inside the hurricane barrier.

  • 1994: Lindsey Smith Hill joins ACC. Thanks for your creative contributions!

  • 1994: The New York Yacht Club hosts its Sesquicentennial Regatta, helping to reinvigorate the 12 Meter class.

  • Oct/Nov 1995 & 1996: Weatherly and American Eagle charter out of Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

  • 1996: Nefertiti joins the fleet. She traveled as deck cargo aboard a container ship from Durban, South Africa to Baltimore, MD. Neffy then sailed from Baltimore home to Newport to begin a multi-winter restoration project.

  • Oct/Nov 1997: Nefertiti joins Weatherly and American Eagle for chartering out of Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

  • 1996: Intrepid joins the fleet. She undergoes a two-year restoration and begins sailing in the summer of 1998.

  • 1998: Captain Mike Patterson joins ACC and takes the helm of the newly restored Intrepid. Thanks for your efforts, Mike!

  • 1999: Captain Adam Weaver joins ACC as crew and takes the helm of Nefertiti as captain in 2003. Great job, Adam!

  • 2000: Freedom arrives from France to begin her restoration. In 2005 she starts chartering with the ACC fleet.

  • 2001: America's Cup Jubilee in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. American Eagle, Nefertiti, Intrepid and Freedom load onboard a Dockwise Yacht Transport ship for the transatlantic passage to Southampton, England. Thirty-nine 12 Metre yachts raced in 3 divisions for the week. Freedom was first in her class, while Intrepid won her division in the "Round The Island" race with thirty-two 12 Metre Class yachts on the starting line. The 12 Metres continued on with the Jubilee Tour, racing in Sardinia, IT, Monaco, Cannes and St. Tropez, FR.

  • 2003: Julie Lassy joins the team at ACC, bringing her friendly enthusiasm and dedication to the job-- lucky for us!

  • 2004: NFL Opening Day in Boston, MA. American Eagle and Weatherly sail past the reviewing stand in Boston Harbor displaying Patriots and Colts logos on their sails, serving as the backdrop for the NFL season opening festivities.

  • 2007 Bruce Aldrich joins ACC to manage our daily ticketed sails program, to the benefit of our company and customers.

  • Since the resurgence of the 12 Meter Class we have participated in many regattas, too numerous to mention here. Our boats have performed with distinction, taking home more than their share of silver, but more importantly, they inspire countless memories of great sailing.

Weatherly hauled out in Acapulco, MX (1986) on the way home to Newport.

George, Herb and Jack with yacht designer Olin Stephens at the helm.

Two-time America's Cup winner Intrepid joined the ACC Fleet in 1996.

Senator Ted Kennedy, George Hill and Ted Kennedy Jr. at the 2006 Nantucket Yacht Club's 12 Meter Regatta.

The 12 Metre Fleet racing at the America's Cup Jubilee in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England in 2001
photo by
Onne van der Wal

Weatherly and American Eagle sailing in Boston Harbor during 2004 NFL Opening Day festivities.

Herb with American Eagle's previous owner Ted Turner on the helm racing in the 2010 12 Meter North American Championship.

The America's Cup Fleet graces Newport Harbor with its beauty.
photo by Onne van der Wal

It's been an extraordinary 25 years! We have enjoyed sailing with legends from the America's Cup and the Whitbread/Volvo including: Olin Stephens, Arthur Knapp, Bill Ficker, Dennis Conner, Ed Baird, Ted Turner, Ken Read, Ted Hood, Bruno Peyron, Tom Whidden, Dawn Riley and Russel Coutts. We have had Governors, Senators, Princes, Captains of Industry, sailing enthusiasts and novices take the helm. All "love the ride."

We have sailed from Maine to the Chesapeake, including such famous ports as Portland, Gloucester, Boston, Marblehead, Falmouth, Hyannis, Nantucket, Edgartown, Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, Block Island, Stonington, Fisher's Island, Sag Harbor, Saybrook, Black Rock, Port Jefferson, Stamford, Greenwich, New York City, Cape Henlopen, Annapolis, St. Michael's, and Oxford. Through the years we have had the good fortune to work with fantastic crew. They have been professional, intelligent and fun. We now have the pleasure of seeing many of them in the "big boat" circuit or pursuing productive careers in teaching, law and various other fields.

It's been a great ride. Sail with ACC into the next 25 years aboard our world renowned 12 Meters!

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