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Year1938 May
Current Sail NumberUS 12
International RuleThird Rule
Current Statusat the best
Current LocationPorto Santo Stefano
Current CountryIT
DesignerOlin J. Stephens
Design / Project#214
BuilderHenry B. Nevins Inc.
Length Overall21.35 m.
Waterline13.72 m.
Beam3.60 m.
Draught2.67 m.
Displacement24.5 t.
Sail Area179 sq.m.
Original OwnerFrederick T. Bedford
Original NameNYALA
Original CountryUS
Original HomeportSouthport
Original Sail NumberUS 12
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule

1938 - 1942 Frederick T. Bedford - name: NYALA - home port: Southport, CT Nyala was ordered by Frederick T. Bedford, president of Standard Oil Corporation and a well-known yachtsman, as a present to his daughter Lucie on occasion of her wedding to Briggs Cunningham, who was a valuable skipper who became for inventing the Cunningham hole and for skippering the 1958 America's Cup winner Columbia. She was the first Twelve designed by Olin Stephens, launched just a few weeks before Northern Light. The two boats had the same dimensions and above waterline shape but Northern Light has a higher prismatic by a small margin and she was faster on a reach while Nyala was marginally better in light airs, especially upwind. She was a very fast boat and in the 1938 season she won two out of 6 races with 2 seconds and 3 thirds; in 1939 she had a record of 10 firsts (first in the NYYC King's Cup) out of 14 races with 3 seconds and 1 third; in 1940, out of 8 races, she won 1 first, 3 seconds and 4 thirds; she won again the 1940 season against Vim, although Vim won the Larchmont Race Week and the King's and Astor cup

1942 - 1946 Bob Shelman - home port: Detroit, MI

1947 - 1948 South Bend Tool & Die Co. - engine installed in 1947 - in 1947 due to a sudden storm while racing in the Mackinak Race she was dismasted and her aluminium mast replaced by the wooden one of Mouette

1949 - 1950 Streameze, Inc. (R.W. Schleman, Pres.)

1951 - 1980 Gerald W. Ford - home port: Larchmont, NY - engine removed in 1953 and re-installed in 1956 and again several times in the years 1959/1960/1961 and 1970 (installed). She entered several races; in 1960 during hurricane Donna she was wrecked on the rocks at City Island. Several structural changes were introduced during the restoration: the stern was changed, the mast was moved back of about one meter. Nyala was the trial horse for Vim in 1957 for the 1958 America's Cup

1983 - 1988 Dale Crabtree - home port: Newport, RI She was used for three years and underwent several restoration works - she was then abandoned in a shed

1988 Thorpe Leeson - Nyala Holding, Inc. - home port: Dover, DE

<1994 Ugo Baravalle

Since 1995 Patrizio Bertelli - Nyala - home port: Porto Santo Stefano (Italy) The purchasing price was of $ 120.000.(from Wooden Boat May June 2001). Shipped to Cantieri dell'Argentario (Porto Santo Stefano), she was completely rebuilt according to the original plans the only difference being in the mast and the rudder which were made in carbon fibre. Due to the disqualification in the 1997 12m Europe Cup these were replaced with a wooden rudder and an aluminium mast.

World Championships Results: 2001 in Cowes (America's Cup Jubilee): second in the Classic division 2008 in Flensburg (Classic World Championship): winner 2014 in Barcelona (World Championship): winner

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