Replica of Historic Yacht America to Visit New Bedford After Cape Cod Appearance

America, a 139 foot replica of the original America's Cup yacht, cruises with sightseers in San Diego Bay Friday, April 1, 2016, in San Diego. Sailor and businessman Troy Sears is heading out on an epic nautical road trip that might not end until he's circled the globe with his schooner America, a replica of the boat that gave the America's Cup its name. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

America, a 139 foot replica of the original America’s Cup yacht, cruises with sightseers in San Diego Bay Friday, April 1, 2016, in San Diego. Sailor and businessman Troy Sears is heading out on an epic nautical road trip that might not end until he’s circled the globe with his schooner America, a replica of the boat that gave the America’s Cup its name. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

NEW BEDFORD — A replica of the original yacht that started the America’s Cup tradition in 1851 is heading to New Bedford after an appearance on Cape Cod.

The 139-foot yacht America, a replica of the original America, is scheduled to visit the South Coast on Wednesday. The boat was in Lewis Bay in Hyannis this past weekend for the annual Figawi Race.

The original America stunned the world by winning the legendary sailing race around the Isle of Wight in England, winning the trophy that to this day bears its name.

The schooner will arrive in New Bedford Harbor and will dock at State Pier, where it will be open to the public for free dockside walk-aboard tours. A paid Sunset Sail aboard the yacht is scheduled for the evening.

The visit to New Bedford is part of a 2016 East Coast tour from the Gulf of Mexico up the Eastern Seaboard into Maine.

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