Genesta, 1885


America’s Cup Yachts 1851-1970

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Genesta was the unsuccessful English challenger in the fifth America’s Cup in 1885 against the American defender Puritan. Designed by John Beavor-Webb the cutter Genesta was built by the D&W Henderson shipyard on the River Clyde in 1884, for owner Sir Richard Sutton, 5th Baronet, of the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. Oak Planking mounted on a steel frame she measured 81 feet 7 inches (24.87 m), weighing 80 tons. Skippered by John Carter, after performing well in British races, Sutton crossed the Atlantic in the summer of 1885. Beavor-Webb placed a veil of secrecy over his yacht before the America’s Cup race, beginning the tradition of secrecy which was finally removed for the 2017 event by the organisers. Designed by Edward Burgess, Puritan was built at the George Lawley & Son yard in Boston, Massachusetts and launched May 26, 1885. Puritan was an early combination of American and English designs with some of the depth of a cutter but beam and power of a sloop. It was built and skippered by John Malcolm Forbes. (Beavor-Webb moved to the US where he designed steam yachts, including JP Morgan’s famous Corsair).

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Weight 0.0112 kg
Dimensions 23.5 × 33.5 cm