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Herreshoff New York Yacht Club 50 SPARTAN

There is no American yacht that deserves to be restored more than the Herreshoff New York Yacht Club 50 SPARTAN. SPARTAN is the only remaining example of may have been the greatest one design class to race in either the classic or modern eras. Sleek and powerful, the NYYC 50's epitomized all that the Herreshoff name stands for. The Fifties were designed and built by the greatest legend in yacht design when the Wizard of Bristol was at the very peak of his powers. The NYYC 50's were 50' on the waterline with an overall length of 72'. They were knockabout rigged, or without bowsprits. The lack of a bowsprit was unusual at the time they were built, but their beauty was were preserved by the long overhang of their graceful bow sections. Nine NYYC 50's were built in 1915 for owners among the countries most prominent yachtsmen.

Yachting author Edwin Schoettle called the Fifties "every inch the greyhound", and "excellent heavy weather boats." He went on to say, "These greyhounds of the New York racing fleet are handled and jockeyed at close quarters like fifteen foot boats." Yachting expert Caspar Whitney referred to the NYYC 50's as having "that Herreshoff characteristic of passing unperturbed through agitated waters." There is no doubt that the Fifties were massively powerful classic racing machines.


Herreshoff NYYC 50's Racing.

SPARTAN would today make the ultimate classic racing yacht. Whether for just for sailing, or for fiercely competing in the many classic yacht regattas here in the States. At the large classic yacht gatherings cum regattas in Europe SPARTAN would be sure to stand out as the ultimate classic racing yacht. There is no classic yacht that the crew of William Cannell Boatbuilding would be more anxious to restore with the same care and attention to detail that they have given their other projects than the mighty SPARTAN. To discuss the restoration of this remarkable yacht call Bill Cannell.

Beware of imitations! This is the real thing.


Herreshoff NYYC 50's Racing.

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