Actor Tom Cruise and his son Connor visited the America's Cup Summer of Racing, watching the fastest racing yachts in the world compete on San Francisco Bay.
The two Cruises were the guests of Emirates Team New Zealand for its Louis Vuitton Cup race against Luna Rossa Challenge, according to the America’s Cup website. New Zealand beat the Italian team by more than three minutes. They watched the Kiwis’ victorious race from the team’s VIP vessel, Imagine, and afterward the Hollywood star and his adopted son suited up in full sailing gear and jumped aboard the team’s raceboat Aotearoa.
The Cruises joined the 11-man crew and helped sail the 72-foot racing machine, grinding the winches that trim the rig and sails. They even took the wheel from skipper Dean Barker for a spell and steered the boat.
“We were very fortunate to have Tom Cruise and his son jump on board for a ride around San Francisco Bay. They had an absolute ball,” Barker said on the website. “We had a nice reach back under the Bay Bridge, so Tom jumped on the handlebars (steering wheel) and did a better job than I did. He had a competition with his son to get the top speed. It was a real boost for the team to have someone like him come along.”