Twelve Meter Columbia, originally designed by Olin Stephens
of Sparkman & Stephens, successfully defended the America's Cup
in 1958. In 1967, she sailed competitively as a trial horse for the
Cup with a shortened transom and modified after-sections.
Columbia at the America's Cup "Jubilee"
underwent an extensive rebuilt in preparation for the 2001 "Jubilee"
celebration of the 150th anniversary of the America's Cup in Cowes,
England, and the Prada Challenge for Classic Yachts that followed
in several European ports.
|Perrotti designed several
new key elements on Columbia, including:
- A new high-performance,
low center-of-gravity racing keel;
- A new high-aspect-ratio
- A re-creation of her
original transom and overall length;
- A new racing boom
that saved nearly 200 pounds of weight;
- New chain plates and
supporting structure; and
- Optimized flotation
With a modern dose of
technology added to her vintage thoroughbred form, Columbia
is sailing strongly and performing at the top of her class again.
Notable recent trophies include:
- 1st Place - 2001 Prada
Le Trophee Grimaldi
- 3rd Place - 2001 Prada
International Twelve Meter Class