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The 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's Hull Lines:
2001 Configuration

Columbia at the America's Cup "Jubilee" in Cowes

Columbia recently 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:

Columbia's New"Perrotti"
Racing Boom

  • A new high-performance, low center-of-gravity racing keel;
  • A new high-aspect-ratio rudder;
  • 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 and rating.

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
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