By: Nicholas Tausig-Edwards
Alexander C. Valcic, a Croatian-American born and raised in Europe before moving to the United States, appreciates anything nautical. Hailing from the Dalmatian Coast, Alex’s family has a longtime connection to maritime pursuits spanning over three centuries.
With a background in business services and a passion for sailing, Alex has now assumed command of a remarkable racing yacht with a rich history in addition to continuing to lend his expertise to various organizations.
A graduate of Columbia University, Alex has spent more than 30 years working in the field of business consulting, aiding companies across the United States, Europe, and India in their transformation and growth. In addition to his professional pursuits, he generously volunteers his time and serves on the Boards of the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) and Hudson River Community Sailing (HRCS), both dedicated to fostering youth development through sailing.
Alex’s current role at MSG Entertainment continues to fuel his enthusiasm for tackling new endeavors and implementing effective business strategies. However, his true passion lies in boating and competitive racing. He actively participates in regattas with HRCS in New York and commands his cherished 12-Metre yacht at prestigious events in New York City, Newport, RI, and Nantucket, MA. Having embraced sailing from an early age, Alex’s enduring love for the water culminated in the acquisition of a truly exceptional vessel—the historic 12-Metre racer, American Eagle 12 US-21.
Originally constructed by Luders Shipyard for the 1964 America’s Cup, American Eagle quickly gained recognition for her innovative design and skilled crew. While she demonstrated impressive performance, her journey to claim the Cup was halted in the semi-finals by the formidable 12-Metre Constellation. Following her America’s Cup campaign, American Eagle changed hands several times until she found her way into the ownership of sailing legend Ted Turner III.
Under Turner’s guidance, American Eagle achieved victories in numerous ocean races, including the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit, the Annapolis-Newport Race, the Sydney Hobart Race, and the Fastnet Race.
Today, Alex Valcic proudly manages American Eagle from her home port in Newport, Rhode Island, upholding the yacht’s legacy with utmost care. The vessel’s distinctive red plumage and elegant wooden hull make her a sight to behold on the water. Sailing predominantly in the waters of Newport and its surrounding area, Alex considers himself a steward of American Eagle—responsible for preserving her beauty, antiquity, and impressive speed.
Looking to the future, Alex hopes to bring American Eagle to Barcelona in 2024 to showcase her prowess on the global stage once again. The prospect of participating in renowned races and sharing the rich heritage of this extraordinary yacht with sailing enthusiasts around the world fuels his determination to continue American Eagle’s remarkable journey.
As Alex Valcic embarks on this new chapter with American Eagle, his unwavering commitment to preserving her legacy and furthering her accomplishments shines brightly.