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Winners and History Makers



America was designed by James Rich Steers and George Steers.  Traditional "cod-head-and-mackerel-tail" design gave boats a blunt bow and a sharp stern with the widest point placed one-third of the length aft of the bow.  George Steers' pilot designs, however, had a concave clipper-bow with the beam of the vessel at midships.  As a result, his schooner-rigged pilot boats were among the fastest and most seaworthy of their day.

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On her last race, Bluenose's average speed over the course was 14.15 knots, the fastest pace ever recorded over a fixed course by a canvased vessel in the history of sailing! During Bluenose's 17 years of racing, no sailboat challenger, American or Canadian, could wrest the trophy from her.

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Californian schooner


In July 2003, California's governor signed a bill into law designating the Californian as the official tall ship of the State.  Californian is the only ship to carry this prestigious title.   She casts a distinctive and instantly recognizable silhouette and is one of the most well known tall ships in America.

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Endeavour J-yacht

Endeavour was hailed as the most beautiful J-Class yacht ever built.  Built in 1933 by Tom Sopwith, the undisputed leader of the British aircraft industry, Endeavour J-yacht possessed many new and innovative devices, including below-deck winches, new sail designs, and an improved spinnaker.

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Stars and Stripes 87

Stars and Stripes defeated Kookaburra III 4 to bring the trophy back to the United States.  In honor of the victory, the Congress  authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation:   "Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim to Dennis Conner and the crew of Stars and Stripes ..."   

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Pen Duick
Offshore racer

Pen Duick was a boat that helped Éric Tabarly achieve worldwide recognition as a renowned yacht man.  On this boat he started learning to sail at the age of seven. 

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Australia II



In 1983, the 12-meter sloop Australia II, skippered by John Bertrand, broke the longest-running winning streak in the history of sport by defeating the United States defender Liberty and taking the America's Cup from the United States for the first time in 132 years.  

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Ranger is nearly always described as the "super J".  She was the first America's Cup yacht developed through model testing in a towing tank.  Ranger totally dominated the trials and Cup Races of 1937.  She was much more powerful.  She sailed better and was more refined in every aspect. 


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When designing Enterprise, Starling Burgess collected 20 years worth of information on races and analyzed wind conditions.  Enterprise had a mast as tall as 165 feet and over 120 feet in length.  Her revolutionary aluminum mast and Vanderbilt's unparalleled professionalism beat J-Yacht Shamrock V all 4 races.  Lipton's dream of lifting the America's Cup ended with this challenge.

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Atlantic sailboat


When the Atlantic sailboat passed the warship marking her finish in 1905, she set a record that hasn’t been bettered! Built in New York in 1903, Atlantic achieved its greatest fame in 1905 when she was one of 11 yachts to compete for the Emperor's Cup put up by Kaiser Wilhelm for a race from New York to Lizard Head, England.

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Britannia racing yacht


Royal yacht Britannia was built for the Queen Victoria's son Edward, Prince of Wales, successor to the throne. She was one of the most famous racing sailboat in the history. During her 2 first seasons, Britannia won 60 regattas out of 91. In 1895 Britannia won 38 of 50 regattas. It is the record which no other sailboat in history ever able to repeat.

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Columbia was the winner of the tenth America's Cup race in 1899 as well as the  eleventh America's Cup race in 1901.  She was the first vessel to win the America's Cup trophy twice in a row--a record not equaled until 69 years later.  Columbia was also the first J-yacht that competed for the America's Cup.


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Courageous, the two-time winner of the America's Cup, is now the official state yacht of Rhode Island.  She has been rebuilt and is sailing the waters off Newport, R.I., perhaps in finer shape than ever before. The 12-meter vessel was designed by Olin J. Stephens and sailed to success in 1974 and 1977.

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C&C 115 sailboat model

The C&C 115 was Sailing World's 2006 Boat of the Year Overall Winner and Best Racer/Cruiser.  According to the magazine,   the C&C 115 had an excellent balance between racing and cruising. 

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C&C 41 sailboat model


For nearly 40 years, C&C has led the industry in performance sailboat design and technology. With lines that pay homage to the classic and award-winning designs that have made C&C yachts one of the most recognized, celebrated fleets of sailing yachts in the history of the sport.

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Albin Nova 33


Albin Marine was founded in Sweden as a manufacturer of Marine engines.  The company built about 16 models of sailboats from 1966 to 1984.  The Nova is a fractional rig sloop design and was designed by Peter Norlin.  It was first built in 1981 and 500 were built over the years until the last year of production in 1997.

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Gloriana's design was profoundly effective: in her first season, she won every race – immediately giving Nat Herreshoff and the HMCo the reputation of being the most modern American sailing yacht designer and builder.

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Doghole schooner


The term dog-hole was given to the smallest ports on the Pacific Coast between Central California and Southern Oregon that operated between the mid-1800s until 1939.    The schooners that served dog-hole ports must be be able to "turn around in a harbor barely small enough for a dog". 

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Helen B. Thomas
fishing schooner

Thomas F. McManus, a naval architect in Boston, invented a new design call "knockabout."  It allowed fishermen not having to clamber out on the bowsprit to tend the jib (the vessel’s forward-most sail), a dangerous task especially in bad weather.

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Herreshoff Fish Class Sloop

The Fish is a husky boat with a roomy hull more like a cruising boat, in some respects, than a daysailer. She has virtues of stability, rough water ability, good looks, and excellent handling characteristics.

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Lady Agnes


The last of the Cornish topsail schooners.  

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