Designer: A. E. Luders, Jr. | Builder Luders Marine Construction Co.
Year Built: 1964 | Other Names: Golden Eagle (1968), War Baby (1975)
Length Overall: 20.32m | Waterline: 14.02m
Beam: 3.81m | Draft 2.74m | Displacement: 27.35 tons | Sail Area: 178sq. m
Construction: double-planked mahogany, white oak frames
First Owner: Aurora Syndicate, U.S.A.
Current Owner: Herbert Marshall | Homeport: Newport, RI & Barnstable, MA
Built for the 1964 America’s Cup campaign, her keel was quite innovative compared with conventional Twelve lines and her mast passed through a raised section in the deck, gaining an extra few inches in height. She ran off a 20-1 record in the June-July trials, only to be overtaken by Constellation in the selection series. Still renowned for a 42-tack duel on the final windward leg of the second race.
Robert E. “Ted” Turner, III converted her to IOR, and installed an engine. She entered the most challenging races in the world winning the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit, the Annapolis-Newport Race and the Fastnet.
*Content courtesy: The Twelve Metre Class by Dyer Jones & Luigi Lang
** 6/20/17: American Eagle is currently for sale.