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Current Sail NumberUS 14
International RuleThird Rule
Current LocationNewport
DesignerOlin J. Stephens
Design / Project#239
BuilderHenry B. Nevins Inc.
Length Overall21.33 m.
Waterline13.72 m.
Beam3.65 m.
Draught2.67 m.
Sail Area179 sq.m.
Original OwnerAlfred L. Loomis jr.
Other NamesNereus (1941)
Original CountryUS
Original HomeportNew York, NY
Original Sail NumberUS 14
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule

1938 - 1939 Alfred L. Loomis Jr. - name: NORTHERN LIGHT - home port: New York, NY She was a gift to 24-year old Lee Loomis, Jr from his father. She was the second Twelve designed by Olin Stephens and launched just a few weeks after Nyala. The two boats had the same dimensions and above waterline shape but Northern Light had a higher prismatic by a small margin and she was faster on a reach while Nyala was marginally better in light winds, especially upwind. In 1938 she won one race out of six with 3 seconds, in 1940 out of 9 starts she had 1 first and 4 seconds and 4 thirds

1940 - 1941 Van S. Merle-Smith - home port: Oyster Bay, NY

1941 - 1952 Starling, Inc. - new name: NEREUS - home port: New York, NY - engine installed in 1941 She raced from 1947 to 1953 in the New York Yacht Club season and had the best year in 1947 with 6 firsts and 2 seconds out of 9 starts

1952 - 1955 North American Shipping & Trading Co., Inc (F.M. Ferris, President) - home port: Greenwich, CT

<1959-1961 Imperial Shipping Investork ment Co., Ltd. (Stavros Niarchos) - home port: Hamilton (Bermuda) She was the trial horse for Columbia in the 1958 America's Cup defender trials

1962 - 1971 Wilbur E. Dow, Jr. - home port: Oyster Bay, NY - engine removed in 1964 She was the trial horse for Constellation in the 1964 America's Cup defender trials

1971 - 1976 John B. Andreae & Buck L. Neesley - new name: NORTHERN LIGHT - home port: Detroit, MI (USA). She was taken to the Great Lakes where she cruised and raced for years

1978 - 1984 David G. Andrea - home port: Pentwater, MI - re-powered and interior rebuilt by Palmer-Johnson in 1976 - After having been abandoned in Holland, Michigan. Inadvertently sunk alongside a dock in lake Michigan

Since 1984 Northern Light Charters ( Robert H. Tiedemann) - home port: Newport, RI Northern Light was bought in too far gone condition and she had to undergo an extensive restoration which took two years to complete. She was reframed and a third of her planking replaced, a new mast was stepped and the interior replaced.

2012 She is for sale at $ 1.100.000. An episode of a new TV series titled "The Moment" will featuare Northern Light as protagonist.

2018 available for purchase, learn more

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

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