Sail Number: US 24
Type: 12 Meter (Third Rule AC)
LOA: 64’5″ / 19.63m
LWL: 47’7″ / 14.53m
Beam: 12’0″ / 3.66m
Draft: 9’0” / 2.76m
Hull Number: 1978
Designer: Olin J. Stephens
Original Owner: 12 US/24 Syndicate
Current Owner: Paul G. Gregory III, Homeport: Marblehead, MA
Year Launched: May 1970
Built By: Robert E. Derecktor Yacht Yard, Inc.
Hull Material: Triple-planked mahogany, laminated oak frames
Gross Displacement: 32.35 t.
Sail Area: 1,754.51 sq ft / 163 sq.m.
Valiant was commissioned by Robert W. McCullough of the 12 US/24 Syndicate, her first homeport was New York, NY. She was one of the “jumbo twelves” and the heaviest ever built. She was eliminated from the 1970 Defender Trials by Intrepid, but won the Lipton Memorial Trophy (NYYC) that year.
She was owned by Brown University (Providence, RI) in 1973 and in 1973 she went to the Kings Point USMMA at Kings Point NY where she served as the trial horse to Mariner for the 1974 Defender Trials. In 978, she was purchased by William Edwards of St. Petersburg FL, who installed an engine. From 1988-1989 she was owned by Charles W. Kem of Long Beach, CA.
Since 1989 Paul G. Gregory III – home port: Marblehead, MA (USA). He has done several modifications to improve successfully the yacht performances including several tests to discover why Valiant was performing better on port tack than starboard; he discovered that the lead in the ballast keel was asymmetric and its modification, and others more, improved her performance.