As part of its America's Cup Tour, the modern replica of the historic yacht America, will make a one-day stop in Camden and will be opening the boat up for tours and a sail on Penobscot Bay.

The 139-foot America will visit the Camden Yacht Club on Tuesday, Aug. 9 as part of its international voyage to generate awareness and excitement for the 35th Defense of America's Cup, which will commence in June 2017 in Bermuda.

The yacht has the capacity to carry 76 passengers and while in town will offer tours, multimedia presentations and paid two-hour sails on Penobscot Bay. It is also visiting various other Maine ports, including Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Belfast, Castine, Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, and Brooklin.

Captained by Troy Sears of Next Level Sailing, America departed in April from San Diego and set a course for New York City on the second leg of the America’s Cup Tour.

“Our crew is thrilled to have the opportunity to visit so many great ports and sailing clubs along the Eastern seaboard," Sears said. "We’re especially looking forward to reaching out to junior sailing programs, helping to inspire the next generation of yacht racing enthusiasts and fans.”

For the first time in its 165-year history, The America’s Cup has launched a tour leading up to the 2017 America’s Cup races in Bermuda. The modern replica of the world’s most famous racing yacht, America, is traveling to sailing communities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, giving sailing fans of all ages a chance to come aboard a replica of the vessel that first won the Royal Squadron’s 100 Pound Cup in 1851, which was later deeded to New York Yacht Club and became the America’s Cup, named after the winning schooner. The yacht is a painstaking replica of the original America, which in 1851 stunned the world by winning the legendary sailing race around the Isle of Wight.

The yacht's later career was equally as colorful — conveyor of secret agents, Confederate blockade runner, Union warship, Naval Academy training vessel, and pride and joy of a famous Civil War general and politician, according to By her end in 1945, she was one of the most honored vessels in the United States. The original was destroyed during World War II and this near perfect replica was built in 1995.

The schedule for the Camden stop is as follows:

Tuesday, Aug. 9

Noon and 1 p.m. — One-hour walk aboard tours at Camden Yacht Club dock. A $5 donation per person benefits Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program.

2:30 to 5 p.m. — Afternoon sail aboard America. Tickets for the sail will be $85 for adults, and $42.50 for children 17 and under and military. Tickets available in advance online at Space is limited, tickets sold on first come basis.

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. — America’s Cup Multimedia Presentation. Troy Sears, owner of the yacht America, will provide an overview of the Cup’s storied history. This is a chance to relive the dramatic comeback of AC34, and an inside look at what to expect for AC35 in Bermuda. $5 donation per person will benefit CAYSP

There are also two other one-way sailing opportunities. On Friday, Aug. 5, as part of the Camden Classic Yacht Regatta, which is the feeder race from Camden to Brooklin and Wednesday, Aug. 10, sail from Camden to Belfast. The trip departs at 10 a.m. Participants in these two sails must provide their own return transportation as they are only one-way sails.

More information and tickets available in advance online at For more information about America, visit