l2 US 11 Gleam
1937 Vintage 12 - Trial horse in 1958 & 1962 Cups
Year Built: 1937
Yacht Designer: Clinton Crane
Yacht Builder: Henry B. Nevins Yacht Yard, City Island, NY
Gleam was designed by the famous naval architect, Clinton Crane for personal use. He had dreams of reviving the 12-metre class. Built in 1937 at the Henry B. Nevins boatyard of double planked mahogany. Gleam was influential in the development of the 12 Meter Class which eventually became the longest running class of yachts used in the America’s Cup. She’s got quite a history of helmsmen including Briggs Cunningham, Lee Loomis and Harold Vanderbilt. These yachtsmen became so fond of Gleam that they went and built their own 12 Meters to join the class.
Gleam has a storied racing career, winning the Astor’s Cup in 1937, and carried through the 1950’s-1970’s when she was owned by W. Mahlon Dickerson of Oyster Bay, NY and was used as the trial horse for Vim and Sceptre for the 1958 America’s Cup and then for Gretel in the 1962 America’s Cup.
Gleam was brought to Newport, RI in 1975 by the late Robert Tiedemann who gave her a full restoration and offered her for charters in the area for almost 40 years. Last year, Andy Tyska of Bristol Marine, purchased her and put her through a major refit at his Boothbay Harbor Shipyard. She’s now back in New England waters and will be available for charter with us.