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Replica of historic schooner sailing into Pascagoula

America, a 139-foot replica of the original America’s Cup yacht, will sail into the Pascagoula Public Dock on Wednesday.
America, a 139-foot replica of the original America’s Cup yacht, will sail into the Pascagoula Public Dock on Wednesday. AP File

The city and the Singing River Yacht Club are partnering to bring to the area the America, a replica of the schooner that launched the America’s Cup tradition and is considered an ambassador for the cup.

The 139-foot yacht and the New York Yacht Club won the first America’s Cup in 1851 by defeating the United Kingdom’s Royal Yacht Squadron in a race around the Isle of Wight.

There will be dockside events Wednesday and Thursday at the city dock at Pascagoula’s Public Dock at 3104 Front Street. Free dockside tours are available in a two-hour window beginning at noon on Wednesday and 10 a.m. on Thursday.

There will be a talk at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and sails for a fee are available on both days. The price for a sail is $86 for an adult and $46 for those under 17. Public sails will be at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday and at 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

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