Sparkman & Stephens INTREPID

Type: 12 Metre

Intrepid Specifications:

LOA: 64’0″ / 19.50m
LWL: 48’0″ / 14.63m
Beam: 12’3″ / 3.73m
Draft: 9’0” / 2.74m
Design Number: 1834
Designer: Olin J. Stephens
Original Owner: Intrepid Syndicate, U.S.A.
Current Owner: Intrepid Charters LLC (John P. Curtain, Jr.)
Year Built: 1967
Built By: Minneford Yacht Yard, City Island, NY
Hull Material: Double-planked mahogany on white oak frames
Gross Displacement: 60,000 lbs / 27,215kg
Sail Area: 1,756 sq ft
Sail Number: US-22



Designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built and launched by the Minneford Yacht Yard, City Island, NY in 1967. Design number 1834 was S&S’s 6th 12 Metre, incorporating a revolutionizing innovative hull shape, first fin and skeg configuration with a trim tab. Adding to greater stability the crew and winches were moved below deck to facilitate a lower innovative bending boom, with the top portion of the mast was made out of titanium. She easily won the 1967 America’s Cup Races 4-0 against Dame Pattie.

For the 1970 Cup defense INTREPID was modified by Britton Chance. Her keel was redesigned and recast, she was given a longer waterline, a reduced wetted area and her weight increased. She became the second yacht (after Columbia 1899 and 1901) to successfully defend the America’s Cup twice, the first 12 metre to do so. Intrepid won the Caritas Cup (NYYC) in 1970 and the Chandler Hovey Gold Bowl (NYYC) in 1967 and 1970.

Redesigned yet again by Olin Stephens and his team at S&S, she was back again for a third time in 1974 under the command of Californian Gerry Driscoll. Intrepid came within one race of becoming the only three time America’s Cup Defender in history, losing the final race of the Defender trials to Ted Hood on the brand new Courageous.

Intrepid had many home ports from Miami, FL to Seattle, WA to Monaco, FRA where she was briefly owned by the L’Association Francaise pour La Coupe de l’Amerique (Marcel Bich) in 1979. From there she was returned to the US to Luskegon MI, renamed Windancer and was hired for charters on Lake Champlain. In 1993, Intrepid Sailing Inc. brought her to Seekonk, MA, she was run aground on the Nantucket breakwater in 1994.

Now owned by Intrepid Charters LLC (John P. Curtain, Jr.) she was completely rebuilt at Brewer’s Cove Haven Marina in Barrington, RI under the direction of Herb Marshall (American Eagle) and George Hill (Weatherly) of America’s Cup Charters. She had a new deck and deck beams, floor timbers, ring frames, bottom planking and ballast keel. She is actively sailed and raced in the Newport fleet.

Chartering Information: America’s Cup Charters

Content Credit: The Twelve Metre Class by Dyer Jones & Luigi Lang | America’s Cup Charters


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