Shamrock V

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Designed by

Dykstra Naval Architects, Charles E. Nicholson

Built by

Camper & Nicholsons

Country

UK

Sailing Class

Big Boat

Sail Number

J | K3

LOA

36.42m

Beam

6.1m

Draft

2.9m

Top Speed

11kts

Refit

2001

1930

Classic Yacht, J-Class

History

Shamrock V was the first British yacht to be built to the new J-Class rule. She was commissioned by Sir Thomas Lipton for his fifth America’s Cup challenge. Although refitted several times, Shamrock is the only original J-class never to have become a derelict.

Charles Ernest Nicholson designed the challenger and she was built at the Camper and Nicholsons yard in Gosport.

Shamrock V was built from wood, with mahogany planking over steel frames and had a hollow spruce mast. Due to various rule changes, she was the first British contender for the America’s Cup to carry a Bermudian rig. Following her launch on 14 April 1930 she showed early promise on the British Regatta circuit winning 15 of 22 races and placing second in an additional four.

She also underwent continuous upgrading with changes to her hull shape, rudder, and modifications to the sail plan to create a more effective racing sail plan before departing to America in time for the 15th America’s Cup.

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