Builder: Camper & Nicholson
Original Owner: Sir Thomas Lipton
Why this yacht matters: Shamrock V is the only remaining J-Class built of wood. This magnificent original from the golden age of yachting has been continuously updated and still sails in regattas around the world. And to make it even better? You and seven guests can charter this piece of history starting at a base rate of 45,000 euros per week (approximately $64,962 at press time).
From the pages of Yachting: After publishing the lines, construction and sail plan of the America’s Cup defender Enterprise in the last issue of Yachting, we are indebted this month to the courtesy of Mr. Charles E. Nicholson for permission to reproduce the plans of the challenger, Shamrock V. In sending us the plans, Mr. Nicholson says: “My views on the publication of designs have rather changed. The old method of secrecy so closely guarded by many is not in the best interests of the sport. We should all try to help each other in racing, especially we older yacht designers who have the advantage of longer experience to assist the younger men coming along.” With characteristic modesty he adds, “This, perhaps, may not be the correct attitude for me to take after the severe beating Shamrock V received by Enterprise, but the publication of the lines of the two yachts will doubtless show all yachtsmen the chief reason for our defeat.” — the Editors, January 1931
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Yachting's Dozen: Shamrock V