America II, US-42

America II, US-42, photo by SallyAnne Santos

Built in 1984 according to the International Third Rule- America’s Cup.


1984 – 1989: America II Syndicate, USMMA Foundation – name: America II – home port: Kings Point, NY (USA).

Sold on 12 April 1989.

The nickname “Lego Boat” came about because the yacht (keels, rigs, rudders, bustles) could be set-up in different configurations as a 12 Metre. She was used in the making of the movie Wind and in the TV series No Boundaries.

1989 – 2001: Philip Charles Freedman – home port: San Diego, CA (USA).

1998:chartered by Pelle Peterson to race the 1988 Worlds in Lulea (Sweden), the name used was Geronimo

2002 – 2006: Simon Handley – home port: Ladysmith, BC (Canada)

2007 – 2015: 12mR Yacht Development Foundation (Patrick Sikorski) – home port: Greenwich, CT (USA)

2015 – present: Owned by New York Harbor Sailing Foundation. After a 2-year restoration, US-42 joined sister ship America II, US-46, match racing in New York Harbor.

World Championships Results:

1986 in Perth (Australia): winner 1988 in Lulea (Sweden): entered under the name of Royal Blue

2019: America II (US-42) competed in the Spirit Division of the 2019 12mR World Championship, racing against her sister-12, America II (US-46). Both teams were comprised of members of the Manhattan Yacht Club. In the series of 9 match races, US-42, narrowly took first place over US-46 by just one point (15-16).

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Sail Number US-42
International Rule THIRD Rule-AC
Year Built 1986
Designer M. William Langan-Sparkman & Stephens
Builder Williams & Manchester Shipyard
First Owner The America II Syndicate
First Name America II
First Sail Number US-42
First Country USA
Original Homeport Kings Point, NY
Other Names Royal Blue, Lego
Current Status / Condition sailing
Current Owner New York Harbor Foundation
Current Location Jersey City, NJ (USA)
Current Division Grand Prix
Measurement Certificate none
Length Overall 20.75 m.
Beam 3.65 m.
Draft 2.44 m.