Oh, the stories it could tell.
Tom Ehman, the Vice Commodore of San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club, is speaking at Hilton Head Island High School at 6:30 p.m. tonight, and with him, he's bringing the America's Cup -- the oldest trophy in sports.
Flying on Water, as Ehman's presentation is called, will give an update on the latest news regarding the next America's Cup, the pinnacle event in sailing to be held from July to September 2013 on San Francisco Bay. He also uses these "Cupdates," as they're called, to emphasize the importance of access to sailing for young people.
The America's Cup trophy, established in 1851 and watched over by security at all times, is just along for the ride. Over its 161 years of existence, the trophy has been won or defended by groups headed by the likes of John Malcolm Forbes, Cornelius Vanderbilt III, J.P Morgan and Ted Turner.
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Ehman, a former collegiate and North American sailing champion, has worked on 11 straight America's Cup campaigns since 1980, wearing many hats, including rules advisor, team executive, event manager, and chairman of the Challenger Commission. He is responsible for the on-the-water umpiring used in the America's Cup since the 1992 competition in San Diego.
Ehman's visit to Hilton Head Island isn't by chance. His stopover coincides with Charleston Race Week, a series of sailing events being held through Sunday, and debate over a proposed rowing and sailing center on Town of Hilton Head Island land.
Tom Webster, an island resident who worked with Ehman during the 1996 Olympic Games and has known him for more than 20 years, has tried to convince him for some time to come here.
"He likes to do it in places where it will be good for sailing," Webster said. "Between Hilton Head and Charleston, we thought that this would be a good chance to do it. And it's going to be a really entertaining hour and a half."
After visiting Hilton Head Island, Ehman will head Saturday to Charleston where, according to Webster, he will speak to a group of more than 2,000 people.
The America's Cup? It'll go, too. But it won't say a word. Oh, but if it could.
FLYING ON WATER
What: Tom Ehman, the Vice Commodore of San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club, will give updates on the 2013 America's Cup competition
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Hilton Head Island High School Visual and Performing Arts Center
Note: The 161-year-old America's Cup trophy itself will be on display.