Designer: David Pedrick | Builder: Newport Offshore Ltd.
Year Built: 1982
Length Overall: 19.53m | Waterline: 13.56m
Beam: 3.76m | Draft 2.67m | Displacement: 24.05 tons | Sail Area: 167sq. m
Construction: aluminum alloy
First Owner: Defender Courageous Gr., People to People, U.S.A.
Current Owner: USMMA Sailing Foundation | Homeport: Newport, RI
Finished 7th in the Modern Division at the 2019 12mR World Championship at Newport
Donated to US Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Foundation
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.
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.
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.
*Content courtesy: The Twelve Metre Class by Dyer Jones & Luigi Lang