The America's Cup class twelve metre, Gleam, is 68 feet and was built in 1937, a
time when rare mahoganies were hand selected and craftsmanship was at an all time
high. More than just a twelve metre, Gleam is hailed by yachtsmen as the grande
dame of the fleet. She has been painstakingly restored and maintained by the same
owner for more than 25 years. Gleam has her original fully appointed interior which
offers comfort for all guests with ample seating, a galley and an enclosed private
head complete with a remarkable copper basin. She has never stopped winning races
since she was built and consistently beats the new classic twelve metres. Her race
record is legendary, including four first places and one second place in the recent
and prestigious New York Yacht Club sesquicentennial regatta.
Gleam was designed
by the famous naval architect, Clinton Crane, for his own personal use with the
intent of reviving the 12-metre class. She was built to the highest specifications
by the equally famous Henry B. Nevins Yacht Yard in City Island, New York in 1937.
She proved influential
in the development of the twelve metre class in the United States and for its eventual
use in the America's Cup. She was loaned to many notable yachtsmen including Briggs
Cunningham, Lee Loomis and Harold Vanderbilt. These yachtsmen so enjoyed the experience,
they each went out and built their own twelve metres to join the class.
When America's Cup racing resumed after the war, the twelve metre class was chosen
for the competition largely because of Vanderbilt's success with his twelve during
1939 in England. During the 1958 America's Cup, Gleam had the unique distinction
of serving as a trial horse for both the defense candidate, VIM, and the challenger
Sceptre. She then went on to compile an impressive race record under the ownership
of the Commodore of the New York Yacht Club.
In 1975, Gleam pioneered
the concept of chartering a twelve with her present owner, Bob Tiedemann. The success
and admiration of his program has created a second revival and raison d'Ítre for
this America's Cup class.
Gleam has been featured
on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, The Discovery Channel and PBS. She has also
graced the pages of countless magazines such as Town and Country, Sailing World,
Classic Boat and Yachting World, just to name a few. Her interior was selected to
appear in the book Classic Yacht Interiors.