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Year1979 April
Current Sail NumberK 18
International RuleThird Rule AC
Current Statusperfect conditions
Current LocationNewport, RI
Current CountryUS
DesignerIan Howlett
BuilderJoyce Bros. Marine
Length Overall19.43 m.
Waterline14.94 m.
Beam3.73 m.
Draught2.82 m.
Displacement29.1 t.
Sail Area170 sq.m. - 224 sq.m. - 222 sq.m. (1980)
Original OwnerBritish Industry 1500 Club
Original NameLIONHEART
Other NamesLionheart of Wessex (1980) - Lionheart (1991)
Original CountryGB
Original HomeportHamble
Original Sail NumberK 18
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule America's Cup

1979 - 1980 British Industry 1500 Club (J. Anthony J. Boyden) - name: Lionheart - home port: Hamble. She is the first Twelve designed by Howlett. She is a heavy displacement yacht with the main sections of the hull quite similar to the ones of Mariner. The most innovative device for which she is marked from the other Twelves is a bendy mast which increases the sail area of nearly 7%. A similar device was already present since the early Thirties in the Skerry Ceuiser Class; however it was; prohibited in the following year. Lionheart proves to be very fast in straight line but with a lack of maneuverability in comparison to the other Twelves. In the 1980 24th America?s Cup Challenger Trials, she lost to France III after a close fight.

1980 British Industry 1500 Club (J. Anthony J. Boyden) - new name: Lionheart of Wessex.

1981 - 1983 Victory '83 Challenge (Peter de Savary) - altered in 1982, she is trial horse of Victory '82 and Victory '83.

1991 Intrepid Marketing Inc. Joe Krawezyj - home port: Seekonk, MA (USA).

1991 Harry H. Graves - new name: Lionheart - home port; Newort, RI (USA).

World Championships Results: 1979 in Brighton: winner 1982 in Newport: third 2001 in Cowes (America's Cup Jubilee): fourth in the Modern divivion 2005 in Newport : fifth in the Modern Division

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