STARS & STRIPES
Length: 20.12 Metres (66 Feet)
Beam: 3.66 Metres (12 Feet)
Draft: 2.75 Metres (9 Feet)
Sail: 167 Sq. Metres (1797 Sq. Feet)
Designed by Britt Chance, David Pedrick and Bruce Nelson, Stars & Stripes 86 was built in 1986 by Robert E. Derektor Inc.
Stars & Stripes 86 (US 56) was the third iteration of the Stars & Stripes series of challengers developed for the historic 1987 America’s Cup. She was purpose-built for the challenging sailing conditions found in Fremantle, Australia.
Stars & Stripes 86 was purchased by Colin Percy, founder of the St. Maarten 12 Metre Regatta, in August, 1995. An immediate move was planned to bring her to Sint Maarten for refurbishing in time for the ’95-’96 season. However, two weeks later Hurricane Luis changed those plans in a dramatic way, and priority was redirected to rebuilding our premises and repairing our other four boats! Stars & Stripes 86 eventually joined the fleet in January, 1996.