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Genesta as photographed by John S. Johnston.
|Yacht Club:||Royal Yacht Squadron|
|America's Cup Year(s):||1885|
|Hull Type:||Cutter, converted to yawl|
|Builder:||D. and W. Henderson and Company, Glasgow, Scotland|
|Owner(s):||Sir Richard Sutton|
|Notable Victories:||Brenton Reef Cup
Cape May Challenge Cup
inaugural Round Britain Race (1887)
|Fate:||broken up in 1900|
|Length:||29.45 m (96.6 ft) (LOA)
24.7 m (81 ft) (LWL)
|Beam:||4.57 m (15.0 ft)|
|Draft:||4.09 m (13.4 ft)|
The cutter Genesta was designed by John Beavor-Webb and built by the D&W Henderson shipyard on the River Clyde in 1884, for owner Sir Richard Sutton of the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. She was built of oak planking on a steel frame. Genesta was skippered by John Carter.
After a strong showing in the British yacht races in 1884, Sutton crossed the Atlantic Ocean to New York during the summer 1885 aboard Genesta. Upon arrival, designer Beavor-Webb refused to let anyone see his yacht before the America's Cup race, beginning the tradition of secrecy that has persisted to this day.
After the Cup races, Sutton and Genesta won the Brenton Reef Cup, the Cape May Challenge Cup, and, upon returning to Britain, the first Round Britain Race in 1887, covering the 1,590-mile (2,560 km) course in 12 days, 16 hours, and 59 minutes. Genesta was sold and converted to a yawl by the 1890s, and was finally broken up in 1900.
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