Weatherly (yacht)

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Yacht club New York Yacht Club
Nation United States
Sail noUS–17
Designer(s)Philip Rhodes
BuilderLuders Marine Construction Company
Owner(s)Henry D. Mercer syndicate
Racing career
SkippersEmil "Bus" Mosbacher, Jr.
Notable victories1962 America's Cup
America's Cup1962
Displacement25.65 tons
Length21.03 m (69.0 ft) (LOA)
13.86 m (45.5 ft) (LWL)
Beam3.62 m (11.9 ft)
Draft2.72 m (8 ft 11 in)
Sail area165.6 m2 (1,783 sq ft)

Weatherly (US 17) was an unsuccessful defence candidate for the 1958 America's Cup and victorious defender in the 1962 America's Cup.


Weatherly was a keel sloop designed to the 12-metre Rule. She was designed by Philip Rhodes and built by Luders Marine Construction Company at Stamford, Connecticut for a syndicate of owners formed by Henry D. Mercer, with Cornelius S. Walsch and Arnold D. Frese. Weatherly was launched in 1958. She was built of steel frames with mahogany planking.


Skippered by Arthur Knapp, Weatherly competed with Columbia, Easterner, Gleam, and Vim for the right to defend the America's cup but was outclassed in the 1958 selection trials. Columbia went on to successfully defend the Cup in 1958.

Modified by Bill Luders at Luders yard in 1962, Weatherly was redesigned with a shorter bow and reduced wetted surface. Weight saved in the redesign was put into the keel.

The defender selection trials pitted Weatherly against Columbia, Easterner and Nefertiti. On 25 August 1962, the NYYC selected Weatherly to defend the Cup against Australian challenger Gretel. Skippered by Emil "Bus" Mosbacher, Jr., in September 1962, Weatherly defended the Cup 4–1 against Gretel.

She was then used for pleasure cruising and charters. She is now normally berthed at dockside at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina,[1] and is available for chartering.[2] She was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.[3]

1958 and 1962 Specification Comparison[4]
1958 1962
LOA 21.03 m (69.0 ft) 29.39 m (96.4 ft)
LWL 13.86 m (45.5 ft)
Beam 3.62 m (11.9 ft)
Draft 2.72 m (8 ft 11 in)
Sail Area 166 m2 (1,790 sq ft) 165.6 m2 (1,783 sq ft)
Displacement 26.5 tons 25.65 tons
Ballast 16.35 tons 18.4 tons
Mast Height 25 m (82 ft)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NRHP nomination for Weatherly (sloop)" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  2. ^ "Weatherly". America's Cup Charters. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  3. ^ "Weekly Actions 8/27/12 through 8/31/12". National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  4. ^ "Weatherly US 17". Retrieved 2012-04-28.

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