America's oldest surviving yacht club, The New York Yacht Club, under Commodore John Stevens, decided to build a fast racing schooner which they would take across the Atlantic to challenge British yachting supremacy. The club engaged a young designer, George Steers, who had developed a reputation for fast sailing craft known as pilot schooners, whose fortunes depended upon their ability to race out to and reach incoming vessels first and then to guide them to safe harbor.
At 171 tons, she was 89 feet long at the waterline, 22 foot abeam, and possessed an 11 foot draft. After reaching England, she was invited to participate against fifteen yachts in the annual 53-mile race around the Isle of Wight conducted by the Royal Yacht Squadron.
She won by two minutes despite highly variable winds and intense competition from a wide range of boats.
Next she sailed in a match race against England's fastest, the Titania, winning by nearly an hour despite a strong afternoon gale.

She was awarded a cup for this triumph which later was presented to the New York Yacht Club. A huge fittings assortment includes ready-to-use wooden blocks, deadeyes, stanchions, capstan, windlass and grating strips. A variety of brass parts consists of rudder hinges, rail, nails, rings, eyebolts and chain. Three diameters of rigging line, sailcloth for a full complement of sail assure authentic rigging.
Three sheets of large, easy-to-follow plans and step-by-step instructions help you build this classic masterpiece. Display yours with a countryman's pride! The paint sets for these kits are historically accurate colors that have been specially formulated for model ships.

They are high quality acrylic based paints that can be thinned with water, thinner or alcohol. The colors contained in each paint set are based on the colors shown in the picture of the model.

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