In the summer of 1983, as a young journalist at the Newport (R.I.) Daily News, I was assigned to cover the America’s Cup races. I knew nothing about sailing or the America’s Cup, but it sounded a lot better than covering town hall meetings.
Like many residents of Oriental, N.C., Michael and Diane Paling came for the sailing. The town sits amid eight navigable creeks near the confluence of the Neuse River with Pamlico Sound (and the Intracoastal Waterway). Some sailors say Oriental is the northernmost spot in the United States where you can sail all year. And the 2,700 registered sailboats outnumber residents 3-to-1.
Acrylic Painting by Keith Reynolds
The sea is quiet, its surface glassy. A square-rigger sits becalmed, wreathed in a light haze. A tugboat barely breaks the mirror surface; the only clue to its movement is the bow wave and a stream of gray smoke from its stack.
San Francisco is hosting the America’s Cup for the first time in the history of the storied competition. Big winds, big catamarans, big crowds — it should be some spectacle
When the America’s Cup comes to San Francisco, so will an estimated 2.6 million more tourists than the city welcomes in a typical year. One of the longest-running international sporting events, the 11-week America’s Cup is also one of the largest — third only to World Cup soccer and the Olympics, as far as economic impact goes.
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