Image Courtesy of Suzann Fulbright
This image was snapped during Classic Week in New York Harbor in 2008. The photographer, an artist, contacted us for the plans for these two beautiful boats as she will be painting this scene and wants to make sure the painting is correct from a technical standpoint.
That's Blackwatch in front, design #218. In the chase is the 12-meter America II (US46), design #2500. America II is footing a bit, probably trying to get the boat upright as she looks a bit over canvassed here or has too few crew members in general to get some weight up on the weather rail. Also of interest is just how much sag these older boats carry in their headstay. Just hold the edge of a piece of paper up against the image along the headstay to see it.
You can see just how powerful Blackwatch is (for a boat that was launched in 1938) up against a 12-meter racing yacht (launched in 1984). Here's a comparison: