The yacht America was designed for the Commodore of the New York Yacht Club, and built in 1851 to take on Britain's formidable Royal Yacht Squadron. It is a pure pilot schooner of its day, with a single large headsail and only a modest main topsail. As can be seen on the model, the masts were extremely raked, and the bowsprit was relatively small for the boat's size (only a mere 17 feet outboard). The vessel measured 95 feet on deck, 23 feet at the beam, with a draught of 11 feet. Its displacement was 180 tons and the rig comprised 5,263 square feet of sail. She possessed exceptional windward abilities relative to other vessels of her time and the result was a shock to the country that had thought of itself as 'sovereign of the seas'.
Upon reaching Cowes on her first transatlantic voyage, Commodore Stevens entered the race around the Isle of Wight on 22 August 1851. The event was attended by Queen Victoria. When the 'America' crossed the finishing line, her 20-minute lead was so great that the Queen asked for the name of the vessel in second place. She received the reply, 'Your Majesty, there is no second'. From then on, the 100-guinea trophy that Stevens won has been known as 'The America's Cup', the world's most prestigious yachting prize.Model construction
Assembly of the sails only is required. Due to the fact that these models are made by hand some of the deck pieces will vary
The schooner America was built in William Brown's shipyard in 1851. It was designed by George Steers. America is still the most important and famous name in the history of the world yachting.
60L x 13W x 68H(cm)
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