24-Sep-2012

50 Years ago today: "Weatherly Wins the America's Cup"


In the era of Camelot, Weatherly won a tight racing series against the first Australian challenger, Gretel.  Although Weatherly was built for the 1958 Cup she was not selected to defend it that year, but with modifications and a different crew she went on to victory in the 1962 the America's Cup.  The large spectator fleet included the destroyer Joseph P Kennedy,named in honor of JFK's older brother, a downed WWII pilot.  Aboard her were the president and Mrs. Kennedy. They stayed at her family's Newport home, Hammersmith Farm and hosted a dinner for the two crews while in town. 

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