A sailing champion helping to organize next year's America's Cup race in San Francisco will speak at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Hilton Head Island High School Visual and Performing Arts Center.
Tom Ehman, vice commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club, will discuss the past and future of the America's Cup, as well as recent changes in the race, including the transition from mono-hull racers to wing-sail catamarans.
Ehman will bring with him the America's Cup itself, a tall silver trophy that will be guarded by a security detail, according to Tom Webster, a Hilton Head Island resident who is helping to arrange the visit.
"It's huge," Webster said of the cup. "I'm tall, and it's nearly as tall as I am when it's on its stand."
The Golden Gate Yacht Club's team won the America's Cup in 2010 and will defend it in the next race in September 2013.