1958 America's Cup
Columbia (right) in 2011
|Defender United States|
|Defender club:||New York Yacht Club|
|Challenger United Kingdom|
|Challenger club:||Royal Yacht Squadron|
|Location:||Newport, Rhode Island, United States|
|Dates:||20–26 September 1958|
|Winner:||New York Yacht Club|
The 1958 America's Cup marked the first Cup match sailed in 12-metre class yachts. Twenty years had passed since the last Cup match, held between immense Universal Rule J-class yachts in 1937, and the New York Yacht Club sought a more affordable alternative to restart interest in the Cup. In 1956 Henry Sears led an effort advancing class yachts. The Royal Yacht Squadron of Great Britain agreed to challenge with a new 12-metre, Sceptre. The New York Yacht Club defended with theirs, Columbia, winning the Cup four races to none.
Four yachts competed in a summer long regatta to determine which the NYYC would name as defender, Columbia (US-16), a new Olin Stephens boat, Weatherly (US-17), Easterner (US-18), and the Olin Stephens designed Vim (US-15) from 1939. Columbia was chosen after a very close set of races resulted in only beating the 19-year-old Vim by 12 seconds in the final competition.
|September 20, 1958||24 nmi (44 km; 28 mi), windward leewarda||Columbia||Sceptre||5:13:56||7:45||1-0||4.59|
|September 24, 1958||24 nmi (44 km; 28 mi), triangularb||Columbia||Sceptre||3:17:42||11:42||2-0||7.28|
|September 25, 1958||24 nmi, windward leeward||Columbia||Sceptre||3:09:07||8:20||3-0||7.61|
|September 26, 1958||24 nmi, triangular||Columbia||Sceptre||3:04:22||7:05||4-0||7.81|
^b Each leg 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi); first leg upwind.
- "America's Cup Hall of Fame : Henry Sears, 1995 Inductee". Retrieved 2012-04-26.
- Columbia article at AC-Cyclopaedia
- Sceptre article at AC-Cyclopaedia
- Current owner of Columbia in Newport, RI
- Sceptre Preservation Society