Prelude to the 36th America’s Cup
Nathaniel Fenton, Michael Hastings
Machias Savings Bank, 2nd floor, 96 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor.
Activities related to the 36th American’s Cup competition will begin this year and culminate with final races in the Hauraki Gulf, off Auckland, New Zealand, in March 2021. This course will focus on the history of the Cup, and will introduce students to past race sites (The Solent, Newport, San Diego, Fremantle, Auckland, San Francisco, Bermuda), vessel classes and designs (12-meter vessels, J boats, AC72’s, AC50’s), the formation of syndicates, and the personalities of famous defenders, challengers, designers, and skippers.
About the instructors
Nat Fenton is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Cornell University School of Law. The history behind this course has been a longtime interest of his, and it is one of the reasons he has taught Acadia Senior College classes on Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela.
Michael Hastings studied at Tilton School, Bowdoin College and George Washington University. Over the past 40 years, he has worked on Capitol Hill as a foreign policy specialist, in Africa as a development aid administrator, and in Maine as the director of an organization that promotes research on sustainable aquaculture. He recently retired as Director of Sponsored Programs at the University of Maine where he was also adjunct faculty in the Maine Business School.