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.
It's hard to believe that after 30 years, Alaska Eagle will no longer sail under the Orange Coast College flag. Many things contributed to the decision to let our wonderful flagship go. Mostly, however, it was the feeling that the time was right. We are a different organization than we were three decades ago, and the world is a different place. The one thing we are happy about is that Alaska Eagle is going to the right people, who will create more great sailing history with her.