Vessels

Alera

Vessel Name: Alera
Sloop
00626
1904-11-15
New York Y. C. 30, first of class
Herreshoff, Nathanael Greene
Herreshoff Manufacturing Co
HMCo note: "27' rating N.Y.Y.C." Alera was the lead boat of the first New York Yacht Club commissioned one-design class under the new Univeral Rule of yacht measurement, commissioned by the N.Y.Y.C. and devised by Nathanael G. Herreshoff. A one-design class is a series of boats that are built to be identical to allow racing without the need for handicapping time allowances (among a class of one-design boat) that is required for vessels of different sizes that races together. The production speed of this class of 18 boats was astonishing. Alera was built in 35 days and each of the following 17 were completed in one week intervals following. This pace is especially noteable when considering that HMCo was simulatiously building at least six other vessels of larger size. The NYYC 30s are consided by yachting historians to be the most successful one-design class up to the present. Alera is still actively sailing today -- 12 of the 18 orginal boats are still in existance and most are currently actively being sailed.

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