BEAUFORT | A replica of the original yacht that started the America’s Cup tradition in 1851 will be docked Wednesday and Thursday in Carteret County.

The modern replica of the historic schooner America, captained by Troy Sears of Next Level Sailing will be offering dockside tours and public sailings after landing in Beaufort. The stop is part of a tour in advance of the 2017 America’s Cup, which will begin in June in Bermuda.

The yacht will be docked at 300 Front St. and dockside tours will take place both days from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $5 per person via cash or check. Proceeds go to the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

There will also be opportunities for the public to take a 2-hour sailing excursion each evening from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $85 for adults and $42.50 for children and can be purchased online at or by calling 800-644-3454.

If you miss seeing the America while it is stopped in Beaufort, it will be docked in Wrightsville Beach Sept. 23-26. It will be located at the Carolina Yacht Club at 401 S. Lumina Ave., two blocks south of Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

Dockside tours will be available there from noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday. Tours at Wrightsville Beach are free and require no reservation.

Sailing excursions can be booked in advance online at for $85 for adults and $42.50 for children under 18.

The Wilmington Star News contributed to this report.