The 23m Cambria and several other prestigious motor yachts have been shipped from Australia

This summer will see the biggest ever gathering of America’s Cup yachts, and it’s all taking place on our own doorstep, in Cowes. It’s difficult to see which class is going to attract most attention because each of them features several vessels whose names are writ large in the annals of sailing history.

The sole remaining 23m class yacht, the 135ft William Fife-designed Cambria, has had her mast unstepped and been loaded into the hold of a heavy lift ship at Australia’s Garden Island Naval Base. Cambria, built in Scotland in 1928 for press baron William Berry, should complete the voyage to Genoa, via the Suez Canal, in 28 days.

Click here for more background on Cambria. She’ll be racing against the three British Js, Velsheda, Endeavour and Shamrock V and there’s plenty more background on each of them to follow shortly.

She has been joined by the 144ft Slipstream and the 92ft Antipodean, both modern motor yachts, travelling on the ship’s deck.

Click here for the event website.