Yacht: Sceptre

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Built for the Royal Yacht Squadron as the 17th challenger for the America’s Cup in 1958. This consisted of a series of seven races held in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.  She was soundly beaten by the defender Columbia, but then went on to be a very successful racing yacht in the 1960s.


She was converted to a cruising yacht between 1978-86, and since then has been owned and sailed, predominantly in British waters, by the Sceptre Preservation Society.

Slashing Along – the “Sceptre”. Oil on canvas (61×91.5cm) by Montague Dawson

The Preservation Society gave Sceptre a major refit with an engine installed, 12 berths, a galley and a head.

Since then Sceptre ‘has been sailed by the owners, with some chartering and sail training to offset the maintenance costs’.

For more information about Sceptre’s history and current activities click here.

Designer: David Boyd
Type of Boat: 12-Metre
Rig: Bermudan Sloop
Year Built: 1958
Built By: Alexander Robertson & Sons Ltd, Holy Loch, Scotland
LOA m / ft: 20.85m/68'4"
LOD m / ft: 20.85m 68'4"
LWL m / ft: 15.57m / 51'
Beam m / ft: 3.61m / 11'8"
Draft m / ft: 2.90m / 9'5"
Yard No: 307
Sail Stats Sail Area: Main - 1268sqft Jib(No.1) - 1100sqft Sail No: 12 K17
Construction: Honduras mahogany on alternate steel and oak frames to IRC scantlings.

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