Defender, US-33

Defender, US-33

Built in 1982 according to the International Third Rule- America’s Cup.


Built according to the Third International Rule, she was designed for light weather sailing using computer calculations and hydrodynamic tests. In 1983, altered by David Pedrick, she entered the America’s Cup defender trails with Tom Blackaller as skipper.

In 1986, she served as the trail horse to Heart of America, the sold to Brian Mock of Newport Beach, CA who had an engine installed in 1989. She sailed the California coast through 1996 with owners B. Sheryl Geddes and Lance Brush (1993-1996) and Lawrence R. Spira (1996-1999). In 2000 she was sold to Ken Carrico of West Palm Beach, FL.

Under ownership of Dennis Williams, Defender has undergone a complete refit. In her first return to the racecourse after 23 years, she took first place in the Around the Island Race at NYYC’s 163rd Annual Regatta / METREFEST NEWPORT 2017 on June 9, 2017.

Donated to US Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Foundation

Finished 7th in the Modern Division at the 2019 12mR World Championship at Newport

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Sail Number US-33
International Rule THIRD Rule-AC
Year Built 1982
Designer David R. Pedrick
Builder Newport Offshore, Ltd.
Hull ID Number design #: 20
First Owner Defender Courageous Gr.People to People
First Name Defender
First Sail Number US-33
First Country USA
Original Homeport Newport, Rhode Island
Current Status / Condition sailing
Current Owner United States Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Foundation
Current Division Modern
Construction Aluminum alloy
Length Overall 19.53 m.
Length Waterline 13.56 m.
Beam 3.76 m.
Draft 2.67 m.
Sail Area 167 sq. m.
Displacement 24.05 t.