Intrepid 1967


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Intrepid ( 1967 ) half hull wooden hand crafted. Designed by Olin J. Stephens.Order on line, worldwide delivery.

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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

Size75 cm L x 20 cm Hgh
Half Hull SizeMedium (75cm X 20cm)

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.

1999 sees a new challenge structure with a dynamic, resourceful and youthful syndicate. Originally called "Yaka," ( French slang for 'just do it' ) the syndicate is the brainchild of Luc Gellusseau and Pierre Mas, of Corum Sailing Team fame.

Gellusseau who now runs the technical and design team, has managed to group together the best bits of the previous French challenges along with a large quantity of new, young talent. He and Mas realised that it was important to stay out of French national politics and to that end the syndicate is a relatively small budget operation.The sponsorship was supplied early by two technology companies, Bouygues Telecom and Transiciel. Le Defi, as it is now called, only dreamt of building one boat and are well organised, completely transparent and very motivated.

Bertrand Pacé is at the helm of the boat "6eme sens"Thierry Pepponet is tactician and the well-respected Dutchman Marcel van Triest is navigator. Pacé, undoubtly France's most talented helmsman today, is a top ranked match racer - world champion in 1994 and runner-up in 1998 - commands huge loyalty amongst his crew and is mature in his approach after three Cups.The "6eme sens" boat design team includes such notables as Bernard Nivelt and Daniel Andrieu along with other names from the French world of composite structures and aerodynamics.

The stated goal of the French Team was to do a good and to get to the Louis Vuitton semi-finals.They succeeded with their victory against America one, and reached to an honorable 6th rank. See also "6eme Sens" half hull.