|Document No 1961: Cup defender Whirlwind|
REF : 806013083
EDITION : 1930
DATE : 07 May 1930
COURSE : 0
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NOTES AMERICA-SCOOP :
In answer to Lipton's challenge of 1929 the Americans designed four J-Class yachts as possible defenders. Enterprise, Whirlwind, Yankee and Weetamoe were launched within a month of each other; Weetamoe and Enterprise from the Herreshoff yard and Yankee and Whirlwind from Lawley & Son's yard in Bristol.
Whirlwind, the second J, was the most revolutionary of the four. Francis L Herreshoff had moved away from conventional yachts and designed a boat, which took the new rule to its extreme.
Whirlwind combined many new ideas and Herreshoff experimented with hull shape and rig. She was the longest of the early J's at 86ft on the waterline and remained so until Ranger and Endeavour II were built in 1937. She was built of semi- composite construction (the other three American Js were built out of the highly expensive Tobin bronze), was double-ended and had a permanent backstay.
Uffa Fox described her profile as: "Very pleasing to the eye, the stem sweeping down to the keel in a very sweet line, and to a man who, like myself, believes that a pointed stern is a logical ending for all vessels, her stern is a joy to behold." He predicted, "If the Yacht Racing Rules govern well and wisely, we shall see Whirlwind racing 50 years hence. If they do not she will probably be cruising then."LICENCE :
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|BATEAUX : WHIRLWIND|