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

17 Comments For This Post

  1. joe Says:

    who owns her now? And they would be responsible for the cleanup, yes? Not sure how that works in Spain, but in the US the owner is responsible for disposal.

  2. jeffkeo Says:

    for sale?

  3. Doug Says:

    Hate to see any sailboat, especially one as beautiful as this, in such a sorry state.

  4. Paul Says:

    very sad that something that cost as much as it did with all the blood sweat and tears over the years is left to rot and fall apart like that. SAD

  5. Ignacio Says:

    I,m ashamed to be spanish.there,s no sailing owner culture in this country.The only purpose for some of doing this is catching the money of the sponsor (Iberdrola in this case),once you have it ….run away
    At the other side keeping a sail boat in Spain is very expensive ,and old racing boats have a dificoult elderly years .
    It,s funny because if you have a 25 years old car or motorbike ,it becomes an ancient and so interesting thing to keep so you don,t pay any taxes at all
    But boats are considered a luxury property and the cost of keeping them is a robbery
    I can imagine that the owners of that lady have disapeared
    I planned hollydays to see running that lady …SHAME

  6. Ramey Logan Says:

    Elizabeth Meyer is who I would consider reaching out to, she founded the J Foundation and did a remarkable job of restoring the whole class with her J Class Management Foundation.

  7. Drklimczak Says:

    Would buy it, what’s the Price ?

  8. Steve Says:

    1 EUR and I’ll take her

  9. pudley Says:

    oh ya lizee meyer will just throw money at that POS

    what are you on anyway ?

  10. Ken (Nuckin' Futs) Says:

    Are these coordinates for the abandoned, Spanish, IACC boats? 39.422372, -0.318067 or old school style +39° 25′ 20.5392″, -0° 19′ 5.0406″

  11. Hatchy Says:

    Ken: Probably, you can even see them on google maps!

  12. Ken Says:

    Zoom in on this view https://www.google.com/maps/place/39%C2%B025%2720.5%22N+0%C2%B019%2705.0%22W/@39.422164,-0.3179842,298m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0×0

  13. Wim Koerten Says:

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

  14. 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)?

  15. 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.

  16. Paul Says:

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

  17. greg Says:

    Garbage Bins are made for a reason !



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