Designer: Olin J. Stephens | Minneford Yacht Yard, Inc.
Year Built: 1979
Length Overall: 18.97m | Waterline: 13.76m
Beam: 3.73m | Draft 2.74m | Displacement: 25.95 tons | Sail Area: 168sq. m
Construction: aluminum alloy
First Owner: Maritime College of Fort Schuyler Foundation Inc., U.S.A.
Current Owner: Freedom Foundation, Ernest Jacquet
Freedom was the last 12 designed by Olin Stephens with Bill Langan. Her lines were inspired by Enterprise, with with attention paid to reducing the pitch and windage of the hull resulting in reduced freeboard. Skippered by Dennis Conner, Freedom dominated the Defender Trials against Clipper and Courageous and beat Australia 4-1 for the America’s Cup. In 1980 she also won the Chandler Hovey Gold Bowl.
Freedom was altered by Sparkman & Stephens in 1982 and sailed as a trial horse against Liberty in 1983. In 1985 she was shipped to Europe, first to Consorzio, Italy, then to France as a trail horse for French Kiss in 1986. From 1995-2000 she was owned by Francois Fontes with her homeport in Montpellier, France.
Purchased by Ernest Jacquet, she returned to Newport, RI where she was actively sailed and raced and subsequently donated for use to a non-profit organization in Greenwich, CT.
Purchased by Charles A. Robertson, had a complete refit and returned to the Newport racing fleet in June of 2017. Freedom website
*Content courtesy: The Twelve Metre Class by Dyer Jones & Luigi Lang