N.G. Herreshoff New York 70 “Virginia”

Sail Number: NY 70

Type: NY 70

“Virginia” Specifications:

LOA: 106 ′ 0″ / 32.30m
LOD: 106′ 0″ / 32.30m
LWL: 70′ 0″ / 21.33m
Beam: 19′ 4″ / 5.89m
Draft: 14′ 0″ / 4.26m
Sail Area: 6,000 sq ft
Yard Number: 533
Hull Material: Wood
Designer: N.G. Herreshoff
Built by: Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Bristol, RI
Year Built: 1899
Original Owner: W.K. Vanderbilt
Original Price: $32,594
Status: Destroyed


Four boats were constructed for members of the New York Yacht Club. They were lightly built, raced hard, leaked extensively and only two boats continued sailing after the first year.

The NY 70s drew 14 ft, and were said at the time to be the fastest boats to cover a triangular 30 mile coarse (2.45 hrs), with eleven miles to windward! Responding with good humor, Mr. Herreshoff was asked by William O. Gay, who owned the 11 foot draft yacht Athene, when would there be a time when Athene could beat the NY 70s, Captain Nat responded when there is less than 14 feet of water.

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