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Year1937 May
Current Sail NumberUS 11
International RuleThird Rule
Current LocationNewport
Current CountryUS
DesignerClinton H. Crane
BuilderHenry B. Nevins Inc.
Length Overall20.65 m.
Waterline13.54 m.
Beam3.66 m.
Draught2.64 m.
Sail Area181 sq m.
Original NameGLEAM
Other NamesCharlotte II (1950)
Original CountryUS
Original HomeportNew York, NY
Original Sail NumberUS 11
Owner Details & History

Built according to International Third Rule

1937 - 1942 Clinton H. Crane - name: Gleam - home port: New York, NY - rig: Bermudan sloop - new lead keel in 1939. Dismasted in 1939; mast replaced with wooden spare mast made for Vim in 1939. The original name on Crane drawing board was Akaba (being this the name of his very successful 6 Metre built in 1927); during construction the name was changed to Gleam. She was designed by Crane for his own use using an innovative concept of tank testing as she was tested against a model of Seven Seas. Crane made available his studies both to Olin Stephens and Francis Herreshoff but only the first accepted. With the exception of her first season in 1937 (Gleam was first on Seven Seas with 3 firsts and 2 seconds out of 5 races and was also very successful in the Astor Cup when she beat the J-Class boats on corrected time by virtue of a shorter course) her racing results before and after the war were not brilliant. <

5/1946 - 1949 B. Devereux Barker & B. Devereux Barker Jr. - home port: Marblehead, MA (USA). Engine installed in 1940.

1950 - 1952 John N. Potter - new name: Charlotte II - home port: Darien, CT (USA). Re-powered 1950.

1953 - 1968 W. Mahlon Dickerson - new name: Gleam - home port: Oyster Bay, NY (USA). Re-powered in 1958. Mast broken again in 1967, replaced with a copy of Vim's mast. She was trial-horse for Vim and for Sceptre in the 1958 America's Cup and again of Gretel in the 1962 Cup.

1969 - 1976 C.W. Ufford. Re-powered in 1970.

1977 Gleam Charters, Inc (Robert H. Tiedemann) - home port: New York, NY, Greenwich, CT and Newport, RI (USA). Re-powered. Bob Tiedemann was only 27 years old when he decided to buy Gleam and to charter her; he was considered crazy as the charter business of the moment was looking for luxury and comfortable boats and not for thoroughbreds. He was a successful pioneer and the charter of racing Twelves started thanks to his initiative and also to his decision to transfer his activity from Greenwich to Newport, more easily identified with the Twelves and their presence in the America's Cup. Gleam has been featured on "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous", The Discovery Channel and PBS. She has also graced the pages of countless magazines such as Town and Country, Sailing World, Classic Boat and Yachting World, just to name a few. Her interior was selected to appear in the book Classic Yacht Interiors.

2012 she is for sale at $1.100.000.

2018 available for purchase, learn more

World Championships Results: 2001 in Cowes (America's Cup Jubilee) Classic division: ninth 2005 in Newport: second in the Classic Vintage division 2009 in Newport: winner of the Vintage division

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