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Yacht club  Royal Yacht Squadron
Nation  United Kingdom
Designer(s) John Beavor-Webb
Builder D. and W. Henderson and Company, Glasgow, Scotland
Launched 1884
Owner(s) Sir Richard Sutton
Fate broken up in 1900
Racing career
Skippers John Carter
Notable victories
America's Cup 1885
Type Cutter, converted to yawl
Displacement 141 tons
  • 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)

Genesta was the unsuccessful English challenger in the fifth America's Cup in 1885 against the American defender Puritan.

Design 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, 5th Baronet, 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. She was measured 81 feet 7 inches (24.87 m), weighing 80 tons.


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.

Genesta as photographed by Nathaniel Livermore Stebbins.

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