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Hand-crafted plank-on-frame wood hull. Freedom's hull is completely blue with 3 white cove stripes.
Hull size: 60cm.
Board size: 75cm X 20cm
|Half Hull Size||Medium (75cm X 20cm)|
|Size||75 x 20cm|
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In 1980, Olin J. Stephens II was 72 years old. He had never been out of the limelight of naval architecture and had been a yacht designer for over half a century.
1980 was the year Olin J. Stephens chose to retire. But before leaving, he designed his last Twelve to defend the Cup, Freedom. Bill Langan assisted him in his work . Although there was nothing revolutionary about Freedom's hull, she was greatly inspired by the unfortunate Enterprise ( 1977 ), and was the result of in-depth research into reducing pitching and windage of the hull, giving one of the lowest in the water in 1980. Only one day was spent tank testing, with models of Enterprise and Freedom.
In the races, it was the professionalism of Dennis Conner that gained the upper hand. The pressure had never been so great after the outcome of the 1980 challenge. But the ever-elegant Olin Stephens was able to retire with dignity: out of eight Cup challenges since 1958, seven Twelves had come from Sparkman & Stephens !
William Starling Burgess no doubt inherited his love of boats and sailing from his father as well as his sharp analytical mind. He also acquired his precise and sensitive feeling for lines and forms from Nathanael Herreshoff, his “Uncle Nat”. But when the young Starling informed Herreshoff of his intention to become a naval architect, “the Wizard of Bristol” took umbrage.
When Mike Vanderbilt contacted him to build a new defender for the 1934 challenge, time was very short. No matter ! He started on the rough drafts of the plans at end of 1931 and Rainbow very nearly failed in the face of a faster challenger, Endeavour.
Starling Burgess came out of it quite well, Charles Nicholson even offering him the plans of his champion. His gesture was to prove quite unwise.