Columbia Model Racing Yacht
Designed by Olin Stephens, the magnificent sailing ship Columbia is the illustrious
winner of the 1958 America’s Cup. Olin’s benevolently and modestly responded
to the boats triumphant victory over the British Challenger Sceptre; “I feel
Columbia was the better boat of the two. But I think the difference was magnified
by the amount of competition we got from the other boats in the defender trials;
Columbia’s performance would not have been anything like as outstanding if we
had not had to beat those other boats.” Briggs Cunningham served as the ingenious
skipper of the Columbia that magnificent racing day, bringing her a glorious
victory that would be remembered in the hearts of yacht racing fans for all
The crew of the Sceptre was utterly overwhelmed by the all-encompassing abilities,
composition and crew of the Columbia. The Sceptre’s crew was so completely overtaken,
they did not even put up much of a fight in this 17th match of the America’s
The Columbia continued to remain a contender in the America’s Cup defence trial
series in 1962, 1964 and 1967. She was defeated as a finalist in 1967 by Intrepid
and in 1974 served as her trial horse.
Columbia can still be seen today, sailing as a charter yacht from her beloved
homeport of Newport, Rhode Island.
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