Sailboats. Yankee

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Cutters 1893-1937


Designer Frank C. Paine
Builder George Lawley & Son’s yard
Owner Syndicat: John Lawrence, Charles Francis Adams, Chandler Hovey.
Club New York Yacht Club
Cup Editions 14, 15 et 16 - Battu pour la defense de la Coupe en 1930, 34 et 37
Skipper Charles Francis Adams
Afterguard John Lawrence, Frank C. Paine
Launching May 9, 1930
Type Marconi sloop with keel and centreboard (J Class)
Hull material Tobin bronze plating
Mast material Spruce original then (1937) steel ribs
L.O.A. 125 feet 11,5 inches
L.W.L. 83 feet
Beam 22 feet 6 inches
Draft 14 feet 9,25 inches
Displacement 148 T
Sail area 7,288 sq. ft.
Loa: 38.1 m

The third American J, Yankee, was the best all-rounder. At 84ft on the waterline and 125ft length overall, she was solidly made of Tobin bronze and was extremely well balanced. Designed by Frank Paine, Yankee had an almost straight sheerline and easy lines. She was a powerful contender for defender, but not fine-tuned enough to succeed. She did, however, take part in the 1934 America’s Cup trials and with alterations to her rig, to carry more sail, and bow, which was lengthened and made more of a V-shape, she then proved more successful, especially in light winds. Dykstra Naval Architects have designed and optimized Yankee.




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