Mussels eat America’s Cup keel in Valencia

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Valencia Sailing

This isn’t a headline from the National Enquirer but the sad fate of ESP-65, Desafío Español’s first IACC boat for the 32nd America’s Cup. After being abandoned at the yacht club, docked for years, her keel fell off, breaking her mast and revealing her sorry state. She began her life as USA-65, one of the two boats of One World Challenge, the US challenger to the 2003 America’s Cup, part-financed by Microsoft mogul Paul Allen and skippered by Peter Gilmour.

She was acquired by Desafío Español in 2005 and together with ESP-67 (former USA-67) she served as the Spanish challenger’s test and trial boats until 2007. Now, more than 11 years after her birth, her keel lies somewhere at the bottom of the sea and her hull is covered by a thick layer of, otherwise delicious, Valencia mussels.

ESP65 capsized at the Valencia Yacht Club. Valencia, 29 May 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

ESP65 capsized at the Valencia Yacht Club. Valencia, 29 May 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

ESP65 capsized at the Valencia Yacht Club. Valencia, 29 May 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

ESP65 capsized at the Valencia Yacht Club. Valencia, 29 May 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

5 Comments For This Post

  1. Wim Koerten Says:

    Triest om te zien maar de kiel constructie lijkt hiermee niet erg solide te zijn geweest

  2. Ralph Says:

    Looking at Google Maps there seem to be 2 identical boats tied up side by side. 65 looks like the outer one based on the capsize images. Anything happening with the other boat (maybe 67)?

  3. Valencia Sailing Says:

    Hi Ralph,

    ESP-67 is docked at the very same spot you see on Google Maps. ESP-65 is indeed the outer one and I wouldn’t be surprised if ESP-67 had the same fate. The two boats have been abandoned there for at least four years.

  4. Paul Says:

    What is happening with the old bases in Valencia? Any photos?

  5. greg Says:

    Garbage Bins are made for a reason !

 

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