A Talent for Fast Designs
George Steers was a young pilot-boat designer with a reputation for being inventive and successful. At age 16, he designed a 16-foot sailboat that was so fast it crossed the finish line in a race three miles ahead of a champion. he took his pilot-boat experience to new heights when he drew the lines for a yacht that bested a fleet from the royal Yacht
Squadron in a race around the isle of Wight in 1851. That yacht was America, for which the famous cup is named.