Designer: Sparkman & Stephens | Minneford Yacht Yard Inc.
Year Built: 1977
Length Overall: 20.15m | Waterline: 13.41m
Beam: 3.78m | Draft 2.74m | Displacement: 25.7 tons | Sail Area: 168sq. m
Construction: aluminum alloy
First Owner: Maritime College of Fort Schuyler Foundation, U.S.A.
Current Owner: Jan Slee | Homeport: Newport, RI
Designed by Olin Stephens with David Pedrick as “improved” Courageous for the 23rd America’s Cup, skippered by Lowell North. She was altered in 1979 and was trial horse to Freedom in 1980. She won the Lipton Memorial Trophy (NYYC) in 1977 and the Caritas Cup (NYYC) in 1977 and 1980.
In 1981 Enterprise was purchased by the Italian Challenge a for $300,000 as trail horse to Azzurra. In 1986 she was sold again to the Challenge France as trail horse to French Kiss. Due to financial problems, Enterprise was seized and later purchased by Chantiers Trehard.
Purchased by Antibes Marine Chantiers, home port Antibes, she underwent a complete restoration and starting racing again in 2000.
Jan Slee purchased Enterprise and brought her back to Newport, RI where she raced several seasons.
Now under new ownership, Enterprise will undergo a complete refit and is expected to return to racing in Newport for the 2018 season.
*Content courtesy: The Twelve Metre Class by Dyer Jones & Luigi Lang