1958 saw the first America’s Cup challenge using the twelves. Columbia, being Stephens’ Design no.1343, narrowly pulled ahead of the older Olin Stephens design, Vim, (no.279) in the final weeks of qualifying and went on to successfully defend the America’s Cup against the British challenge, Sceptre (4-0).
The reverse-transom design to Columbia represented another step towards the more modern racing look. After leaving the US, Columbia raced and chartered in Europe where she was owned by Bernard Pollet between 1985 – 1998. During these years she was handsomely fitted out with teak decks and gracious accommodation.
In 1998 she returned from the south of France to Newport, R.I. and since has gone through an extensive refit and improvements under the ownership of Alain Hanover.
|Designer:||Olin J Stephens|
|Type of Boat:||12-Metre|
|Built By:||Henry B Nevins Yard - City Island NY|
|LOA m / ft:||21.15m / 69' 8"|
|LOD m / ft:||21.15m / 69' 8"|
|LWL m / ft:||14m / 45' 10"|
|Beam m / ft:||3.55m / 11' 9"|
|Draft m / ft:||2.73m / 9' 6"|
|Sail Stats||Sail area 1,846 sq. ft. / 173 sq.m. Sail No. US16|