Team Oracle have agreed to donate their 34th America’s Cup-winning 72ft catamaran USA-17 to The Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News, Virginia. After months of careful planning, the massive carbon fibre craft is now on display in the main exhibition hall. Raised up to tower over visitors, this new central feature provides a visually powerful symbol of how far sailing took technology-driven innovation in pursuit of one of the oldest trophies in the sporting world. And that was nearly four years ago!
Not surprisingly, many readers of Seahorse will not have heard of, nor visited, The Mariners’ Museum and Park, yet it is one of the largest maritime museums in the world, with nearly 10,000m2 of exhibition galleries and 32,000 objects in its collection. The Mariners’ Museum Library and Archives are home to over 78,000 books, 800,000 photographs, films and negatives, and over one million pieces of archival material, making it the largest maritime library in the western hemisphere. Read on.
Title inspiration thanks to The Butthole Surfers.