Designer: Ian Howlett | Joyce Brothers Marine
Year Built: 1979 | Other Names: Lionheart of Wessex (1980)
Length Overall: 19.43m | Waterline: 14.394m
Beam: 3.73m | Draft 2.82m | Displacement: 29.1 tons | Sail Area: 170sq. m
Construction: aluminum alloy
First Owner: British Industry 1500 Club (UK)
Current Owner: Harry H. Graves | Homeport: Newport, RI
Owned by Harry H. Graves, Lionheart is sailed and raced with the Newport 12 metre fleet.
Peter de Savary had her altered in 1982 and sailed her as a trail horse against Victory ’82 and Victory ’83. By 1991 she was in the U.S. managed by Intrepid Marketing with her home port in Seekonk, MA.
Commissioned by the British Industry 1500 Club, Lionheart was a heavy displacement yacht built for the 1980 America’s Cup. Her most innovative feature was a “bendy” mast that increased her sail area by nearly 7%. She proved to be very fast in a straight line but had a lack of maneuverability when compared to other twelves. She was beaten by France II after a close fight at the 24th America’s Cup Challenger Trials.
*Content courtesy: The Twelve Metre Class by Dyer Jones & Luigi Lang