Anitra, US-5

Anitra, US-5, photo by Daniel Forster

Built in 1928 according to the International Second Rule.


Ordered by the New York Yacht Club, six 12mRs were designed by William Starling Burgess for delivery to American owners and built by Abeking & Rasmussen. The purpose was to have 6 yachts built exclusively for comparison sailing in Club regattas. Hulls were the same but deck layout, interior arrangements and rigs varied among them The construction was composite that means that every second frame through the entire length of the hull was made of galvanized steel, the floor plates included. Planking was in Honduras mahogany, quite popular at the time. The six — Waiandance (US-1), Isolde (US-2), Tycoon (US-3), Iris (US-4), Anitra (US-5) and Onawa (US-6)– were rapidly built in serial production in only five months and were shipped to Halifax, Canada to be rigged, then sailed to the United States avoiding heavy import taxes.

1928 – 1942: Charles L. Harding – name: Anitra, US-5- home port: Boston, MA (USA)

Owned by a prominent Boston businessman, Charles L. Harding, Anita (US-5) was the fifth of the six Twelves built for American owners, she was completed in May of 1928. All six of the hulls were identical but the deck layout, interior arrangements and rigs varied among the six yachts. Anitra was rigged as a Bermudan sloop.

1934: Engine installed;

Anitra entered every year in the class races; the best year was the 1931 when she was first in class with 3 firsts and 1 third out of 6 starts; in 1934, she was second to Iris (US-4), the only other competitor.

1946 – 1951: Maurice O. Guerin – home port: Boston and Newport, RI – re-powered

1946: Re-powered

1949: she won the King’s Cup (New York Yacht Club)

1952: River Mills Corp. – re-powered

1952 – 1954: Max Meyer – home port: Boston, MA and Tiverton, RI

1955 – 1956: Frank H. Walker – home port: North Weymouth, MA

1957 – 1959: George D Haskell – home port: Marblehead, MA

1958 to converted auxiliary yawl, sail area: 154 sq.m.

1960 – 1963: S. Davis Robins – home port: Oyster Bay, NY

1963: Re-powered

1964 – 1965: Joseph S. Montgomery

1966 – 1967: Baxter R. Still, Jr – home port: Miami, FL

1968 – 1975: Robert S. Lint

1968: Re-powered

1976: disappeared from Lloyds Register

1976:-1990: Mr. Sprague, home port: Tustin, CA

1990-1995: Rob and Devon Anderson, home port: Alameda, CA

1995-2001: Robert D. Manning, homeport: Odesa, TX

2001-2003: Yacht Anitra, LLC ( McMillen Yachts Inc & Charles Parrish, home port: Newport, RI

2003: Rudiger Stihl and Josef Martin, Martin Yacht. ubd Bootwerft, Radolfzell, Germany

2003- 2006: Restoration

2008: Re-launched, home port: Flensburg, Germany

2008-2022: Actively sailing and racing in the North European 12mR fleet


Sail Number US-5
International Rule SECOND Rule
Year Built 1928
Designer Burgess, Rigg & Morgan Ltd.
Builder Abeking & Rasmussen
Hull ID Number 2366
First Owner Charles L. Harding
First Name Anitra
First Sail Number US-5
First Country USA
Original Homeport Boston, MA
Other Sail Numbers D-5
Current Status / Condition sailing
Current Owner GBR Anitra
Current Location Flensburg, Germany
Current Division Vintage
Construction Wood on steel frames m.
Length Overall 21.09 m.
Length Waterline 13.03 m.
Beam 3.87 m.
Draft 2.58 m.
Sail Area 183 sq. m.
Displacement 26 t.