USA 83 Llanoria

Arguably one of the two greatest Six-Metres ever built, Llanoria was designed by Olin Stephens and built by Henry Nevins, New York, for the 1948 Olympic Games at Torbay, at which, helmed by Herman Whiton, she won the Gold Medal, winning again in 1952 at Helsinki.  She also won the One Ton Cup that year and again at Hanko, Norway in 1957. In 1949 helmed by ’Buss’ Mossbacher she took part in the contest for the British-American Cup at Cowes, which the US again won, with however Circe actually beating Llanoria on points.  However, at the subsequent Cowes Week, Llanoria won overall with three wins and a 2nd in the five races.  In 1955 Llanoria, now owned by the great former Norwegian helmsman Magnu Konow, once again led the US team, finishing first in all four races.  It was then after the One Ton Cup in 1957 that she returned to the US to Log Island Sound.  Subsequently she went to Seattle and it was in that area that she was laid up after a horrible collision in 1984, after which she was rescued by Peter Hoffman’s father Harry, who rescued a number of boats from destruction.  After careful repair and re-construction by Peter Hoffman, in 2011 she reappeared on the international scene when, helmed by Erik Bentzen, she finished 3rd in the Classic Six-Metre World Cup at Helsinki.  At the 2012 Europeans at Nynashamn, helmed on that occasion by Eric Jesperson, she finished 2nd, and in 2013 finished 3rd at the Robbe & Berking Classic World Championships.

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