Westward: World’s coolest yachts
Published on August 4th, 2022
Yachting World has been asking top sailors and marine industry gurus to choose the coolest and most innovative yachts of our times, and well respected boat designer Bill Tripp picks the Herreshoff designed Westward as his selection. Here’s the report:
Westward was designed by the great Nathanael Herreshoff and launched in 1910 and at 96ft LWL (135ft LOA) the steel schooner was the largest yacht Herreshoff had built so far.
Skippered by America’s Cup winner Charlie Barr, she showed unbeatable upwind pace thanks to her huge sail area.
“The sails are extremely good and balanced with what was the screaming edge of tech at the time,” explains Bill Tripp.
“Westward was a schooner using the limits of materials at the time – the headsails put so much compression on the foremast, which is why they were schooners. The main mast didn’t have the headsail compression so the aft mast could reach for the sky.
“When they did the replica Eleonora they cut the bowsprit and mainsail down because they were scared by the thought of controlling all that sail as well as Charlie Barr could…”
Stats rating Westward
Top speed: 19 knots
Adrenalin factor: 90%
For Yachting World’s list of cool boats, click here.