A Tal­ent for Fast De­signs

Yachts International - - The Bitter End -

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.

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