1979-1980: Commissioned by the British Industry 1500 Club, Lionheart was a heavy displacement yacht built for the 1980 America’s Cup. Her most innovative feature was a “bendy” mast that increased her sail area by nearly 7%. She proved to be very fast in a straight line but had a lack of maneuverability when compared to other twelves. She was beaten by France II after a close fight at the 24th America’s Cup Challenger Trials.
1981-1983: Peter de Savary had her altered in 1982 and sailed her as a trail horse against Victory ’82 and Victory ’83. By 1991 she was in the U.S. managed by Intrepid Marketing with her home port in Seekonk, MA.
since 1991: Owned by Harry H. Graves, Lionheart is sailed and raced with the Newport 12 metre fleet.
*Content courtesy: The Twelve Metre Class by Dyer Jones & Luigi Lang
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|International Rule||THIRD Rule-AC|
|Builder||Joyce Brothers Marine|
|First Owner||British Industry 1500 Club|
|First Sail Number||K-18|
|First Country||Great Britain (GB)|
|Other Names||Lionheart of Wessex (1980) - Lionheart (1991)|
|Current Status / Condition||sailing|
|Current Owner||Harry Graves|
|Current Location||Newport, RI (USA)|
|Length Overall||19.43 m.|
|Length Waterline||14.94 m.|
|Sail Area||170 sq. - 224 sq. - 222 sq. (1980) m.|