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The Metre Yard - Carl Whitewood
Nancy – US 60 is one of Olin Stephen’s very special 6 Metres, perhaps Nancy is most important, being the boat that Olin helmed himself during the 1932 British American Team race, which the American’s won!
Nancy was lovingly restored by Bill Green in early 2004 and since then she has been kept in impeccable condition, her current owner has kept her works schedule high including replacing 30 frames, adding extra mast strengthening and painting her topsides in 2017.
Winner of many trophies over the years, today Nancy can be found with an incredible inventory of sails, 3 spars (2 aluminium and 1 wood), a long distance MAN truck for European events.
Nancy – US 60 was designed by Olin Stephens and built in 1932 by the Nevins Yacht Yard Inc. She was originally commissioned for three members of the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club of Oyster bay to take part in the British American Team Race to be held in Cowes in 1932.
The three owners of Nancy, who were all struggling after the Wall Street crash of 1929 (known as the Great Crash), invited Olin Stephens to take the helm of the Nancy during the 1932 British American Team Race where Olin’s two other designs, Bob Kat II and Jill, would join them alongside Lucie which was a Clinton Crane designed 6.
It is noted that the team arrived in England three weeks prior to the match race and spent much time practicing in the Solent, they all got a great fright on one day when all four boats ended up high and dry on the Brambles Bank!
After the American Team won the match race in 1932, Nancy stayed in the UK and as the owners were still struggling financially, they decided to sell Nancy to the first buyer, who was Harold Edwards from Scotland. Nancy was transported to her new Scottish home and was renamed Dragon.
1936 saw the 6 Metre Class come to life on the Solent and Harold transported Dragon (Nancy) down to take part in the Solent and Burnham on-Crouch regattas, where she enjoyed a few years of very successful racing, coming second overall in both 1938 and 1939.
After the war Dragon (Nancy) was sold to C.M Coates of Lymington, and raced at Cowes Week in 1947 together with eleven other Six Metres. This was a brief ownership as Coates sold her that Winter to H.V & T.K Culpan. She went on to be renamed Nancy and took part in Poole Week in 1948 with eight other much newer Sixes, gaining a first and second during the week.
1951 saw Nancy return to the East Coast in Burnham-on-Crouch, where she raced in Burnham Week. Like most of the classic Six Metres, in 1956 Nancy was fitted with a cabin and small deckhouse, designed by Laurent Giles. This addition allowed her to race under RORC rating events. It is noted that Nancy took part in a number of East Coast offshore races.
It was then the turn of Capt. Mike Henry RN take on the ownership of Nancy, which he did for 25 years! She was based in Gareloch, Scotland with Capt. Henry who took part in many Scottish cruising races.
The early 90’s saw Nancy return to the Solent when A.C Joyce purchased her and moored her on the River Hamble. She took part in a few events on the Solent including the British Open Championships still sporting her cabin! Very briefly sold to R Dean Wilson and Ms Valerie Wilson Trower who then sold her to Bill Green in Lymington.
It was Bill Green of Green Marine Yard in Lymington who really helped Nancy take on the next years of her life in style and elegance. Bill went about completely restoring Nancy back to her original design of 1932, however he fitted a third rule keel to a design of Olin Stephens. Bill and his son, Pom, went about racing Nancy for many wonderful years until the loss of Bill in 2014.
The current owner has shown Nancy the same loving attention to detail that Bill had shown her and has continued to race at national level. Nancy was the 2016 British Open Championship Winner, the winner of the both the Panerai Cup in Cowes and the Hamble Classics in the same year.
2017 saw the Elephant Boatyard replace 30 ribs and fit stainless steel mast strengthening, new paint job which has meant that she has remained as elegant, strong and fast as she was when originally built.
Now waiting for her next custodian.