FREEDOM US-30

Freedom

Freedom, US-30, owned by Takashi Okura

Americas Cup

1980

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:  Charles Robertson

1979-1980
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.

1981-2000
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 home port in Montpelier, France.

2000-2016
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.

2016
Purchased by Charles A. Robertson, had a complete refit and returned to the Newport racing fleet in June of 2017. She was an active competitor throughout the 2019 World Championship.

2019
Purchased by Takashi Okura, who plans a very competitive program with his “SLED” racing team at the New York Yacht Club

*Content courtesy: The Twelve Metre Class by Dyer Jones & Luigi Lang

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