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Year1979 June
Current Sail NumberUS 30
International RuleThird Rule AC
Current Statusperfect conditions
Current LocationNewport, RI
Current CountryUS
DesignerOlin J. Stephens
Design / Project#2368
BuilderMinneford Yacht Yard Inc.
Length Overall18.97 m.
Waterline13.76 m.
Beam3.73 m.
Draught2.74 m.
Displacement25.95 t.
Sail Area168 sq.m.
Original OwnerThe Maratime College of Fort Schuyler Found. Inc.
Original NameFREEDOM
Original CountryUS
Original HomeportNewport. RI
Original Sail NumberUS 30
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule America's Cup

1979 - 1980 The Maritime College of Fort Schuyler Foundation, Inc. SUNY - name: Freedom - homeport: Newport. Freedom is the last Twelve designed by Olin Stephens with the cooperation of Bill Langan; her hull lines are inspired by the ones of Enterprise while a great work has been done to reduce the pitch and the windage of the hull with a very reduced freebord. "Budgetary restrictions on model testing greatly affected Freedom's design program, with the result that she basically emerged from our office as a modified Courageous. Her freebord was cut down slightly lowering her center of gravity while giving up a little sail area. The leading edge of the keel was also snubbed on the model. Bill Langhan and I, working together on the design, hoped that these modifications would be compatible with Dennis Connor's aggressive sailing style, which seemed very likely to involve a lot of tacking. We felt that this would reduce separated flow and improve acceleration following a tack, and it seemed to work..." (Olin Stephens in "Lines") Freedom was skippered by Dennis Conner and dominated the Defender Trials on Clipper and Courageous. In the America's Cup Match she beats Australia four to one. In 1980 she wins the Chandler Hovey Gold Bowl. <

1983 Freedom Campaign '83 SUNY at Ft. Schuyler. Altered by Sparkman & Stephens in 1982. Trial-horse: Liberty in 1983.

1985 Consorzio Italia (?).

1986 - 1987 Challenge Kiss France - home port: La Rochelle (France). Trial-horse: French Kiss in 1986.

1995 - 2000 Francois Fontes - home port: Montpellier (France).

2000 Freedom Foundation, LLC (Ernest K. Jacquet) - home port: Newport, RI (USA). In 2006/07 Freedom has had significant modifications by Dave Pedrick with the removal of the engine to return her to her former speed capability when she won he America's Cup Jubilee in 2001. Together with Weatherly, Nefertiti, American Eagle and Intrepid she is part of the America's Cup Charter Company.

America's Cup: 1980 24th America's Cup Challenge: Freedom (skipper DennisConner) - Australia (skipper Sir James Hardy): 4-1

World Championships Results: 2001 in Cowes (America's Cup Jubilee): winner of the Modern division 2005 in Newport: fourth in the Modern division 2009 in Newport: third in the Modern division

2017: Purchasd by Charles Robertson, homeport: Pilot's Point, CT (USA)

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