Webb Celebration at 34th America's Cup

By Matt Weklar ‘15   

On September 6th six students and two professors had the good fortune to travel to beautiful San Francisco for the opening weekend of the 34th America’s Cup. The weekend began with a fundraiser hosted by Webb on the historic Liberty Ship S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien. We were able to explore the ship including the still fully functional engine room with Professors Gallagher and Royce which made it all the more fascinating. Webb alumnus Halsey Herreshoff ’55 presented an excellent summary of the Cup from its beginnings to the present, and Gary Jobson brought the event to a close with a discussion on the future of the Cup.

Saturday’s racing began in a good breeze and was spectacular. On day one Emirates Team New Zealand took both races handily. It wasn’t until day two that Oracle Team USA managed to pull off a win. The boats appeared out of the fog around the cliffs of Alcatraz Island in a matter of seconds and disappeared almost as quickly. Seeing 72-foot racing yachts fly through the bay was a sight all of us will never forget. On behalf of the students that attended, I would like to thank both President Michel and Dean Neilson for organizing our trip.

From left to right in the photo above: John Malone, Amy Malone, Denny Antweiler, Mary-Lou Vibrans, Paul Vibrans, Doug Clough, Sam Clough, Jerry Bellows, Fran Bellows.