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Hand-crafted plank-on-frame wood hull with white topsides, gold cove stripe and gold boot stripe . Varnished stained wood hull.
Hull size: 60cm.
Board size: 75cm X 20cm
|Half Hull Size||Medium (75cm X 20cm)|
|Size||75 cm L x 20 cm Hgh|
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When after the 1964 races observers were able to examine the lines of Constellation in detail, they thought that the end of 12 Meters was nigh. It seemed difficult to go any further, to do any better, or even innovate. They had not reckoned with the creative genius of Olin Stephens: in 1967, Intrepid brought revolution to the world of Twelve !
Assisted by Mario Tarabocchia, Olin Stephens designed a boat with numerous innovations: the rudder was separate from the keel and the trimtab flush with the keel appeared. This increased the keel resistance giving extra lift to windward; used with the rudder, it improved the yacht’s handling capacity. The appearance of the skeg or bustle between the keel and the rudder provided the assembly with a high degree of stability. Finally, the winches and running rigging were put under the deck.
The Stephens / Mosbacher tandem performed miracles. In 1967, Intrepid was untouchable. She dominated the American selection trials and trounced Dame Pattie, the challenger, taking 11 seconds a mile out of her. The Intrepid concept was decisive in the design of Twelves to date, and is a turning point.
Lord Dunraven had no hesitation when he decided to issue his second challenge; he immediately turned to George Lennox Watson and gave him carte blanche to design his new challenger. Watson was determined to win. To achieve his objective, his inspiration came largely from ideas developed by the Americans: wide beam, full lines, composite construction.
Valkyrie III was built by the D. & W. Henderson & Co. yard at Partick on the Clyde. Her frames were in steel, with wooden planking. She was given a steel mast. Launched in May 1895, Valkyrie III had her ballast increased after her first trials against Britannia.