STONINGTON — American Eagle and Weatherly, 12-meter yachts designed for the America's Cup, will race in Fishers Island Sound on Monday as part of a fundraiser for the New England Science & Sailing Foundation. Passengers will join the crews in this sold-out event, with two or three races beginning at 3 p.m., depending on the weather, and returning to the dock by 6 p.m. “These two spectacular sailboats are pristine pieces of the living history of racing yacht design,” NESS said in its announcement.
The 12-meter class sailboats competed in the Olympic Games from 1908 to 1920 and in the America’s Cup from 1958 to 1987. Weatherly defended the cup in 1862 and American Eagle was a challenger in 1964. In July, Newport is hosting the 12-Meter World Championships and the fleet will consist of boats built between 1928 and 1987 including American Eagle and Weatherly.