Columbia (1958 yacht)

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Columbia (right) in 2011
Yacht club  New York Yacht Club
Nation  United States
Class 12-metre
Sail no US–16
Designer(s) Olin Stephens
Builder Nevins, City Island
Owner(s) Henry Sears syndicate
Racing career
Skippers Briggs Cunningham
Notable victories 1958 America's Cup
America's Cup 1958
Type Monohull

Columbia (US-16) was the successful defender of the 1958 America's Cup for the New York Yacht Club, besting the British challenger Sceptre.


Designed by Olin Stephens and built by Nevins, Columbia was built especially for the '58 trials. She was owned by a syndicate headed by Henry Sears, Gerard B. Lambert, Briggs Cunningham, Vincent Astor, James A. Farrell, A. Howard Fuller, and William T. Moore.

Columbia was helmed by Cunningham, the inventor of the cunningham downhaul, with syndicate head Sears as navigator. After defeating Sceptre in the Cup challenge, she went on to a long career competing in the Defender trials for the 1962, 1964, and 1967 America's Cup competitions.


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