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Velsheda wooden hand crafted half model. Order on line, worldwide delivery.
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Hand-crafted plank-on-frame wood hull with blue topsides, white cove stripe, red and white boot stripe. Varnished stained wood hull.Display with intricate deck details such as deckhouse, hatches, winches, vents, steering wheel.
Hull size: 60cm. Board size: 75cm X 20cm
|Size||75 cm L x 20 cm Hgh|
|Half Hull Size||Medium (75cm X 20cm)|
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Built at Camper & Nicholson Yard at Gosport for W.F. Stephenson, Velsheda was launched in 1933 and christianed of the name of her owner's three daughters: Velma, Sheila and Daphne. Velsheda never sailed in American waters,but only challenged British trophees. In 1933, she was the real star of the season,Winning 20 of the 43 regattas.
Her fame came also from her numerous victories on Sir Thomas Lipton Shamrock V in the competions. After numerous glorious seasons, she languished for years. Velsheda which had been used previously as a houseboat in this time, was returned to sailing form in a highly authentic, though low budget project in the 1980s. Her glory days are back, however, courtesy of a 1997 refit that added a steering cockpit, a second deck-house and carbon fiber spars. Velsheda 56 metres high mast carries 839m2 (9,034ft2) of sail area upwind and her largest spinnaker is 1,010m2 (10,871ft2). Below decks, she has an elaborate period-style interior.
In 1999 the two former cup challengers ended their lonely duels when Velsheda joined them in Antigua for the first real J-class racing since 1937. Oddly, the Js were never conceived as yachts to last through the ages. As the ICAYA maxi yachts of their day, they represented the state-of-the-art in racing craft, designed to be replaced after a season or two. The staggering beauty and elegant low hulls, 160-foot-high masts and their remarkable power under sail have led to the most improbable end of all their rescue and reverence some 60 years hence.
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.