Courageous (yacht)

Courageous is a 12-metre class yacht. It was the third boat to win the America's Cup twice, in 1974 and 1977, after Columbia in 1899 and 1901, and Intrepid in 1967 and 1970. All three of these boats won for the New York Yacht Club. The Olin J. Stephens-designed sloop was the first all aluminum-hulled 12-metre class yacht.[1]

Yacht club New York Yacht Club
Nation United States
Sail noUS–26
Designer(s)Olin J. Stephens & David Pedrick
BuilderMinneford's Yacht Yards
City Island, New York, USA
LaunchedJune 1974[1]
Owner(s)Courageous Syndicate (1974)
King's Point Fund, Inc. (1977)
Racing career
SkippersTed Hood (1974)
Ted Turner (1977)
Notable victories1974 America's Cup
1977 America's Cup
America's Cup1974
Displacement25.450 tons
Length20.10 m (65.9 ft) (LOA)
13.60 m (44.6 ft) (LWL)
Beam3.73 m (12.2 ft)
Draft2.73 m (9.0 ft)
CrewCrew of 11


Courageous successfully defended the America's Cup in 1974 for the US with Ted Hood at the helm. After the 1974 cup, Hood built a new boat, Independence, which he thought was faster than Courageous, and sold Courageous to Ted Turner. Turner won the 1977 America's Cup defender trials in Courageous, beating Hood in the process, and then went on to successfully defend the America's Cup against Australia later that year.[1]

When preparing Courageous for the 1977 America's Cup, it was re-measured for compliance with the 12-metre class rule. It was discovered that Courageous was lighter than the weight declared in its original racing certificate for the 1974 America's Cup. Less weight typically means a faster performance in lighter winds and a slower performance in stronger winds. If Courageous had been found to be under weight before the competition in 1974, then the designers would have had to make adjustments to sail area, the waterline length, or other attributes to make the design comply with the 12-metre rule. If Courageous was found to be underweight during the event, it would have been disqualified. It is unknown what effect this oversight had on the result of the 1974 event.


Both Courageous and Intrepid are still sailing and racing today in Newport, Rhode Island. Intrepid is available for charter and Courageous is privately owned.

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  1. ^ a b c "32nd America's Cup Official Website - Courageous - US 26". Archived from the original on February 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-31.