Sparkman & Stephens Custom 65'
Designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built of aluminum by the Royal Huisman Shipyard, Alaska Eagle was launched in 1977 as Flyer for the 1977-78 Whitbread Round the World Race. She won the race, and four years later, renamed and under new owner Neil Bergt, Alaska Eagle again sailed in the Whitbread, finishing 9th out of 27. Bergt donated Alaska Eagle to Orange Coast College in 1982.
Since arriving at OCC's Sailing Center in October 1982, Alaska Eagle has sailed more than 185,000 miles with student crewmembers on board. Her past 21 summer cruises have included more than 40 Pacific and three Atlantic crossings. She has cruised French Polynesia eight times, Hawaii seventeen times, Alaska and Canada nine times.
Strongly built by the world's best shipyard for the toughest ocean race in the world, Alaska Eagle is an exceptional offshore yacht. Alaska Eagle carries a U.S. Coast Guard certificate of inspection as a sailing school vessel. The Coast Guard has awarded Alaska Eagle with an "all oceans" route.
Unlike most ocean racers, Alaska Eagle has a beautiful full teak interior with four double staterooms and berths for five up forward. Each bunk is equipped with a fan, reading light, and lockers nearby. There are two heads and showers. Alaska Eagle's interior is fully heated, and there are plenty of hatches and fans for the tropics. Across from the galley there is a dining area. Both of Alaska Eagle's cockpits are well protected from the elements with big dodgers that provide great spaces for lounging and dining.
Each crewmember is assigned a bunk and storage locker. Couples are given private cabins; single women are usually assigned a private cabin with another woman.