N.G. Herreshoff “Elena of London”

Type: A Class Racing Schooner

LOA: 180′ 5″ / 55.00m
LOD: 136’ 6” /41.60m
LWL: 96′ 0″ / 29.60m
Beam: 26’ 8” / 8.14m
Draft: 17′ 0″ / 5.20m
Yard Number: #706/Y103
Rig: Schooner
Displacement: 215 tons
Sail Area Upwind: 1.180 m2
Designer: Nathanael G. Herreshoff Replica / ACUBENS Naval Architects Madrid
Built By: FACTORIA NAVAL DE MARIN Galicia, Spain
Original Owner:
Current Owner:
Launched: 2009

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In 1910 Morton Plant commissioned Elena to be designed by American naval architect Nathanael Herreshoff, the “Wizard of Bristol”, who was famed for designing sailing yachts for America’s elite. Plant gave a wonderful design brief: build me a schooner that can win!

Herreshoff gave Elena a slightly deeper keel than preceding designs of that time, lowering her centre of ballast, which improved her windward ability. Fresh out of the shed, Elena won most of her early races against the cream of the American schooner fleet. Seventeen years later came her crowning glory – victory in the 1928 Trans-Atlantic Race.

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