Sceptre 1958


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 Sceptre, 1958, America's Cup Challenger, designed by David Boyd.

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Hand-crafted plank-on-frame wood hull with white topsides, gold cove stripe, red  boot stripe. Red bottom paint.

Hull size: 60cm.

Board size: 75cm X 20cm

Half Hull SizeMedium (75cm X 20cm)
Size75cm X 20 cm

Scotsman David Boyd was 55 years old when he designed Sceptre. He was at the time, managing director of the Robertson & Son yard at Sandbank, Argyll, Scotland, and had been so for 33 years. He had a sense of esthetic and his first major design, the 34-ton yawl Zigeuner was living proof.

In 1957, Boyd was selected to design the challenger at the issue of a competition in January, in which three of his fellow-designers were competing: James Mac-Gruer, Arthur Robb and Charles Nicholson Junior. The principle of the competition was interesting; each of the architects was to submit two designs: one conventional, the other more original.

On July 13th, 1957, David Boyd’s model B was picked. Astonishingly enough, following the comparison, no effort was made in order to continue to improve the performances of the model picked. Time was short, true, and the lesson inflicted by Columbia was harsh.

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.