The British yacht Kurrewa V--a prospective challenger for the America's Cup--arrived at Newport, Rhode Island, Saturday (1 August) to a gala welcome from local yachting fans.
MLS two yachts: Sovereign in background Kurrewa V in foreground
MCU Union Jack on stern of Kurrewa
MS crew in Kurrewa
MS Sovereign with spinnaker up
MS moving shot boat yard
MS Kurrewa pulls up to dock
MCU yachtsmen watch it pull in
MCU crew member handles rope
MCU skipper at helm
MCU man on dock shakes hands with crew member
MLS color guard at Old Colony House ceremony
MS color guard
LS Old Colony House
MS welcome Sovereign, Kurrewa sign
MCU Aisher speaking at podium
MS Military guard at parade rest
MS BOYDEN speaking
MCU Neport Artillery Company in colonial dress
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Background: The British yacht Kurrewa V--a prospective challenger for the America's Cup--arrived at Newport, Rhode Island, Saturday (1 August) to a gala welcome from local yachting fans.
In fine sailing weather, the Australian-backed Kurrewa was escorted to its berth at the Willams and Manchester shipyard by Britain's Sovereign, against which it will compete for the right to race against the American defender--yet to be chosen.
American and British flags, along with yachting pennats, marked the route of parade honoring the crews of the two yachts. Owen Aisher, representing Kurrewa and J. Anthony Boyden, head of the Sovereign syndicate, each received siler cups from the city of Newport. Both spoke briefly.
When the procession reached Washington Square, where the ceremonies took place, the Newport Artillery Company, in Colonial uniforms, put on a drill and fired a salute.
Kurrewa and Sovereign will engage in a series of trial races over the America's Cup Course off Newport, starting 10 August. The winner of the trials will then be named as the British challenger for the America's Cup. She will face the winner of a series of American trial races between American Eagle, Constellation, Columbia and Nefertiti.