Big Birthdays for Weatherly and Easterner
Both Weatherly (US 17) and Easterner (US 18) are turning 50 this spring! In 1958 they were among the first of the 12 Meters to be designed, built and raced for the America's Cup. Following a 21 year hiatus in 'Cup racing due to World War Two, the 12 Meters were chosen because of their international racing reputation, size and associated costs.
During the last half century, both yachts have acquired long and impressive racing histories, thousands of miles traveled, multiple upgrades and various restoration projects. These 50-year-old beauties remain powerful, competitive and as graceful as ever. Their condition reminds us that 50 is the new 30.