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Year1977 January
Current Sail NumberUS 27
International RuleThird Rule AC
Current Statusat the best
Current LocationNewport, RI
Current CountryUS
DesignerSparkman & Stephens
Design / Project#2270
BuilderMinneford Yacht Yard Inc.
Length Overall20.15 m.
Waterline13.41 m.
Beam3.78 m.
Draught2.74 m.
Displacement25.7 t.
Sail Area168 sq.m.
Enginediesel installed
Original OwnerThe Mar. College of Fort Schuyler Found.
Original CountryUS
Original HomeportNew York, NY
Original Sail NumberUS 27
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule America's Cup

1977 - 1980 The Maritime College of Fort Schuyler Foundation, Inc - name: Enterprise - homeport: New York, NY. She is an improved extrapolation of Courageous designed in view of the 23rd America's Cup; skipper is Lowell North and a fight starts between the two sailmakers, Ted Hood being the skipper of Independence, the other defender candidate; it is also the first time that computers are used systematically for the design of sails. In the defender trials she is beaten by Courageous. Altered in 1979 by Sparkman & Stephens, she is the trial-horse for Freedom in 1980. In 1977 she won the Caritas Cup (NYYC) and she is co-winner with Independence of the Lipton Memorial Trophy (NYYC); in 1980 she wins again the Caritas Cup.

1982 Sfida Italiana America's Cup Syndicate - homeport: Porto Cervo (Italy). Enterprise was purchased for around $ 300.000 as trial-horse for Azzurra and point of reference for the Vallicelli design. <

1984 BNZ Challenge - she is chartered for the Twelve Worlds - Sardinia 1984.

1985 - 1987 Challenge Kis France - homeport: La Rochelle (France) - trial-horse for French Kiss in 1986. Due to the financial problems of the Syndicate, Enterprise was seized and only in 1996 she was bought by Chantiers Trehard.

1988 - 1998 Marc Pajot - home port: Antibes (France).

1999 Vymer/Trehard.

2000 - 2006 Antibes Marine Chantiers - home port: Antibes - she undergoes a complete refit, including a new engine, standing rigging, North 3DL racing sails, cruising sails with furling jib, new Lewmar winches, new electronics. A new beautiful accommodation was also included with a large double berth, bathroom, chart table, galley and 6 berths forward. The bow has lengthened according to the original drawings and part of the keel has been replaced to compensate the engine weight. She is again racing since 2000.

2006 Enterprise US 27, LLC (Jan Slee) - homeport: Newport. For sale at $ 495.000 in 2010, but price reduced to USD 295.000 in 2014

2017 Enterprise was purchsed by Timothy Rutter, a complete refit planned with intent to return to racing at Newport.

2019 Donated to the United States Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Foundation

World Championships Results: 1999 in St. Tropez (France): ninth 2001 in Cowes (America's Cup Jubilee): sixth in the Modern division

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