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"I wanted to thank you and your crew for a wonderful charter! All of our guests had a fabulous time and one actually commented that he could cross this off of his 'bucket list'. We had great weather and it was a wonderful experience to kick-off our conference. I appreciate all of your help with the planning as well."
Yacht Designer - Bill Luders
Yacht Builder - Luders Marine Construction, Stamford, CT
Before the young Ted Turner bought American Eagle and won most of the world's greatest ocean races, she began her career racing for the America's Cup in Newport. Eagle was designed and built by A.E. Luders for the 1964 America's Cup Defense. She won the observation trials, but by the close of the season her rival Constellation had secured the right to defend the America's Cup, easily beating the British Challenger, Sovereign. American Eagle was subsequently Ted Turner's stepping stone to America's Cup victory - could she do the same for you? Email us to book your day for incredable Newport sailing.
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Headed by Reynolds duPont, the AURORA Syndicate commissioned Bill Luders of Stamford, CT to design and build the sleek 1964 America's Cup Contender. American Eagle was the "bird" to beat - winning 20 out of 21 races in the June and July trials held off Newport, RI. By summer's end, Constellation had gained the upper hand and earned the right to sail in the 19th Cup Defense, defeating the British challenger Sovereign in a clean sweep.
American Eagle is most famous for her extraordinary history as an ocean racer under the command of Ted Turner. From 1969 to 1974, the brilliant red Eagle ruled the offshore waters, winning the first World Ocean Racing Championship and setting records in the distinguished S.O.R.C. , Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart Races. Ted Turner won the coveted "Yachtsman of the Year" award twice while owner/skipper of American Eagle. In 1976, turner sold Eagle to pursue and eventually fulfill his dream of defending the America's Cup. In 1977 he successfully skippered the 12 Meter Courageous in the 'Cup. Meanwhile, Eagle's new owner Warren Brown of Bermuda, continued American Eagle's awesome career crossing the Atlantic Ocean several times and winning major regattas in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. Eagle finished close behind the wining Turner and his Tenacious in the deadly 1979 Fastnet Race storm, demonstrating her seaworthiness in an event that sadly left many boats and sailors on the bottom of the sea. American Eagle, sporting one of the most prestigious racer records in ocean racing history, continues to provide a rare and memorable opportunity for you and your guests. Take the wheel and sense the sheer power and exhilaration that only the big Twelves provide. Relax in the spacious cockpit or curl up below decks on one of Eagle's cozy bunks. Since 1987, ACC co-owner Herb Marshall and his sporty red 12 Meter, American Eagle remain cornerstones of our fleet.