Back in June, Team Surf City had the opportunity to sail aboard a magnificent ship. We left the GGYC dock in the light morning breeze aboard the 139’ America headed to tour the Central Bay and then under the Golden Gate. This America is a replica of the boat that won the ‘One Hundred Guinea Cup’ in 1851, a race that was later renamed the ‘America’s Cup’ after the name of this fine yacht. The replica, America, built in 1995 to the tune of $6 million, is absolutely beautiful. The teak decks, bright-work, and giant tree trunks for masts tell the story of the bygone era of the age of sail, when sailing fast didn’t just give the skipper and crew bragging rights, it meant getting your goods to market that much faster than the next guy. The details are stunning; from the myriad of bronze trinkets and custom fittings, on down to custom wood Harken ‘America’ blocks that bling-up the rigging.