NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF AMERICAN BOATING
It was a scene that would stop anyone in his or her tracks: This beautifully painted racing sailboat seemingly dropped from the sky
into a pond, its keel plunged into the
muck and holding the hull elevated
above the water.
The scene was an art display of an
America’s Cup racing hull from 1994
displayed last summer at the Middlebury
College Museum of Art in Vermont.
PACT 95, a syndicate organized to
compete in the 1995 America’s Cup trials, invited pop artist Roy Lichtenstein
to create a distinctive graphic design
for the hull and spinnaker of its boat,
named Young America. The artist chose
a golden-haired mermaid, who glides
along the 77-foot length of the hull.
PACT 95’s skipper, Kevin Mahaney,
a 1984 graduate of Middlebury College
and the winner of a silver medal in sailing at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics,
was responsible for the application
of one of Lichtenstein’s largest and
last works. The exhibit has since been
returned from loan to the Storm King
Art Center in Mountainville, New York,
but a neat 360-degree video of the
installation of the hull at Middlebury is
available at vimeo.com/210840974.
— RICH ARMSTRONG