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Sovereign 27" Limited Description
Newly redesigned, our Limited Edition sailing ship models of the famous America’s Cup challenger Sovereign feature significantly upgraded deck features and increased craftsmanship. Still actively sailing and racing today, Sovereign will take you away with the wind and waves in these Limited Edition model yachts. Perfectly sized for any bedroom shelf, sunroom mantle or office desk, this high-quality yacht model is adorned with finely-crafted features and graceful lines.
20" L x 4" W x 27" H (1:78 scale)
- Accurate museum-quality scale replica of the real Sovereign racing yacht
- Individual plank on frame construction of the hull using fine quality woods, with each plank and wood grain visible through the paint
- High quality Craftsmanship and Details over 20” model sailing ship, including:
- Higher quality woods used in construction of hull and deck features
- Increased number of details and items on deck, including deck cleats, window panes in deckhouses, rope coils on deck and more
- Improved details and accuracy of all deck and hull components
- Finely stitched cloth sails
- Limited production run of these model yachts
- Significant research to guarantee accuracy of this model includes sources such as photos, historical plans and original artwork
- Pre-assembled, simply attach the masts and display
- Ready to display in less than five minutes
- Separate pre-assembled hull and sails ensure safe shipping and lower cost
- Insert mast in designated hole and clip brass rigging hooks as shown in illustrations
- Sails and rigging already complete
Soon after the Royal Thames Yacht Club dispatches a challenge for the 1964 America's Cup to the New York Yacht Club, J.A.J. Boyden asks David Boyd to design a 12-metre.
Boyd tank tests two models at the Stevens Institute, one of Sceptre (1958 challenger) and Sovereign. His new design is inspired by the lines of Sceptre.
Sovereign is launched on June 6, 1963, and sails against Sceptre on the Clyde. Sceptre wins the early matches, but once Sovereign is tuned, she starts to beat the older yacht, just.
By August, the Royal Thames Yacht Club Committee is anxious about Sovereign'sperformance. Two Australian brothers, Frank and John Livingstone, offer to build a second yacht, so the Royal Thames files a second challenge with the New York Yacht Club.
To save time, the British ask David Boyd to design a boat similar to Sovereign. The newyacht, Kurrewa V K 3, is only very slightly different.
Challenger selection trials are organised in Newport between Sovereign and Kurrewa V. Before the two yachts leave British waters, they compete in 19 trial races over May and June against Norsaga, Sceptre and Flica.
The first race of the challenger selection trials is sailed on August 10, 1964, off Newport and Sovereign, skippered by Peter Scott, beats Kurrewa. After notching up five more victories, Sovereign is officially selected as the challenger.
The America's Cup
September 15 to 21, 1964, off Newport, Rhode Island, United States.
Sovereign competes against Constellation in the best of seven race series.
America's Cup course
Olympic course - total distance: 24.3 miles.
Start: Buoy anchored nine miles, 143° true towards the Brenton Reef Light Tower.
First leg: directly into the wind (windward leg).
Second and third legs: reaching (across the wind)
Fourth leg: to windward (into the wind)
Fifth leg: running (with the wind)
Sixth and last leg: to windward to the finish.
- September 15, first race. Wind at start: W by S, 8 knots. Constellation beats Sovereign by five minutes and 34 seconds.
- September 17, second race. Wind at start: SSW, 15-17 knots.Constellation beats Sovereign by 20 minutes and 24 seconds.
- September 19, third race. Wind at start: E ½ N, 15-17 knots.Constellation beats Sovereign by six minutes and 33 seconds.
- September 21, fourth race. Wind at start: E by N, 8 knots.Constellation beats Sovereign by 15 minutes and 40 seconds.
1965 - 1967
Pierre E. Goemans ownsSovereign, under French Baron Marcel Bich and the "Association Française pour la Coupe de l'America" (AFCA) banner, and its homeport is Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
1968 - 1971
The French Baron Marcel Bich owns Sovereign. The yacht is based in Toulon on the Mediterranean, then in La Trinité in Brittany, France. Bich also owns Kurrewa V and Constellation for his 1970 America's Cup campaign.
1972 - 1973
Sovereign is sold to François Germain. Its homeport is Chichester and Angers.
Jean-Claude Perdriel, a French press publisher, buysSovereign. It is based in Antibes, France. The boat is altered with a suspended rudder and a new interior layout fitted.
Sovereign is restored to its original layout, except the hull. Mr. Perdriel regularly races his boat in the classic regattas in the Mediterranean
Sovereign wins the 12-metre vintage class world championship.
Sovereign races in the America's Cup Jubilee at Cowes, Isle of Wight, England.
International 12-metre rule sloop
Yacht club: Royal Thames Yacht Club, London, England.
Unsuccessful challenger for the 1964 America's Cup
Tank test facilities: Stevens Institute at Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Builder: Alexander Robertson and Sons, Ltd., at Sandbank, Holy Loch, Scotland
Sailmakers: Bruce Banks, Ratsey and Lapthorn, Seahorse, Austin Farar
Year of building: 1962 - 1963
Afterguard: Bruce B. Banks, Lieut. Comdr. Dan N. Brady as navigator
Length overall (LOA): 21.31m
Length waterline (LWL): 14.02m
Year of building: 1963
Sail area displacement: 27
Rating Ballast: 12 Meter