What People Are Saying
"Our time on Intrepid was everything I had hoped it would be. As a Rhode Islander who spends a lot of time on the water, it was a dream come true!! But most of my team had never sailed before, so I doubt they will ever have an experience like this again. The captain and crew were great, very accommodating! And of course, we had a perfect day.
M. Mernick, ICFI
Yacht Built - 1967
Yacht Designer - Sparkman & Stephens
Yacht Builder - Minneford Yacht Yard, City Island, NY
The 12 Meter Intrepid, two-time Defender of the America's Cup, is one of the most famous racing yachts of all time. Known as "the people's choice" because of her popular appeal, she remained a competitive America's Cup contender well into the era of the aluminum Twelves. Intrepid was the last classic wooden yacht to defend The Cup in 1967 and 1970. She has been totally rebuilt and restored to "as new" condition under the direction of America's Cup Charters partners George Hill and Herb Marshall.
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Twice Winner of the America's Cup, the incomparable 12 Meter Intrepid is close to the hearts of sailors. 12 US 22 is one of the most famous racing yachts of all time. As the first Twelve to separate the rudder from the keel, include a "bustle" or "kicker" and add a trim tab, she marked a major breakthrough in Twelve Meter design. Her designer, the legendary Olin Stephens, had her built of double planked mahogany on white oak frames, her general underbody type, with relatively minor refinements, was used on every subsequent Cup boat until the 12 Meter Australia ll's winged keel of 1983. In 1967, while ably skippered by "Bus" Mosbacher, she completely crushed all competition including the unfortunate Australian challenger Dame Pattie. Revamped by Britton Chance in'70 and well sailed by Bill Ficker, she defeated the strong Aussie challenger, Gretel ll.
Intrepid remained very competitive well into the era of the aluminum 12 Meter yachts. Redesigned yet again by Olin Stephens and his team at S&S, she was back again for a third time in 1974 under the command of Californian Gerry Driscoll. Intrepid came within one race of becoming the only three time America's Cup Defender in history, losing the final race of the Defender trials to Ted Hood on the brand new Courageous.
Intrepid completed a two year structural restoration under the guidance of George Hill and Herb Marshall and the able hands of shipwright Louis Sauzedde and his crew. The bustle area was reframed, the bottom replanked for several feet up from the keel, the deck and deck beams replaced, and a new varnished interior with an open saloon and nav station were installed. All new wiring, plumbing, sails and engine completed the restoration project. She received a complete new rig for the America's Cup Jubilee at Cowes I.O.W., England in 2001. ACC proudly offers the incomparable Intrepid for charter out of Newport, RI - strong, fast and graceful she provides a lifetime of fond memories for all who sail her.