Resolute (yacht)

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Resolute
Resolute 1914.jpg
Resolute circa 1914
Career
Yacht Club:  New York Yacht Club
Nation:  United States
America's Cup Year(s): 1920
Hull Type: Monohull
Designer(s): Nathanael Greene Herreshoff
Builder: Herreshoff Manufacturing Company
Launched: 1914
Owner(s): Henry Walters Syndicate
Skipper(s): Charles Francis Adams III
Notable Victories: 1914 defender trials
1920 America's Cup
Specifications
Displacement: 105.5 short tons (95.7 t)
Length: 106 ft (32 m) (LOA)
75 ft (23 m) (LWL)
Beam: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Draft: 13 ft 9 in (4.19 m)
Sail Area: 8,650 sq ft (804 m2)[1]

Resolute was a yacht designed and built by Nathanael Greene Herreshoff for a syndicate of New York Yacht Club members headed by Henry Walters to contend the 1914 America's Cup.[2]

Design[edit]

Resolute was the last Cup defender to be designed by Herreshoff.

  • Overhang forward - 16 feet (4.9 m)
  • Overhang aft - 15 feet (4.6 m)
  • Fore triangle base - 48 feet 4 inches (14.73 m)
  • Boom - 78 feet (24 m)
  • Deck to topmast - 130 feet (40 m)
  • Lead - 65tons

History[edit]

Resolute was christened by Grace Vanderbilt and launched on April 25, 1914. In the 1914 America's Cup defender selection trials, skippered by Charles Francis Adams III, she beat Vanitie and Defiance.[2] In so doing, she beat the America's Cup course record off Sandy Hook by sailing 30 miles in 3:16:41.[3] However, the outbreak of World War I caused the America's Cup races for 1914 to be postponed.[2]

In 1920 the America's Cup was reconvened and Resolute again prevailed in selection races before successfully defending the Cup in July, once more with Adams at the helm.[2] Resolute lost the first two matches before recovering to defend the cup 3-2 against Shamrock IV.[2] Robert Wales Emmons, Jr. was the manager of the yacht in 1920.[4]

Her racing career lasted another ten years, and in 1930 Resolute again participated in the America's cup selection races, albeit as a "trial horse" against which the potential defenders could be judged.

The race was finally held during the 1920 America's Cup.

In 1925 Resolute was sold to E. Walter Clark of Philadelphia.[2][5]

Robert F Kennedy named his Wianno Senior Resolute in 1964, after the America's Cup yacht.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Challenger and Defenders of the America's Cup". Scientific American: 622–623. June 5, 1920. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Resolute". Americas Cup. 
  3. ^ "Resolute Beats All Cup Course Records.". New York Times. June 11, 1914. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  4. ^ "Robert Emmons 2d, Yachtsman, is Dead". New York Times. April 19, 1928. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  5. ^ "E.W. CLARK, BANKER AND YACHTSMAN, 88; Head of Philadelphia Firm Dies --Owned Resolute After It Defended America's Cup". The New York Times. April 5, 1946. Retrieved 27 January 2012.