The British America's Cup Challenger
Built for the Royal Yacht Squadron to challenge for the 17th America’s Cup 1958
What is Sceptre?
Sceptre, the British challenger for the America’s Cup in 1958, is believed to be the only UK challenger still sailing in British waters. Built for the Royal Yacht Squadron to challenge for the 17th America’s Cup, she has a colourful history from her early racing days to today, with members of the Sceptre Preservation Society nurturing her future and ensuring that she remains racing and cruising on the seas off the United Kingdom coastline.
This traditional 12-metre classic yacht offers a unique and exciting experience in open sea sailing.
Sceptre in 2019
Sceptre has spent this winter in Poole Quay Boat Haven, at the western end of the Poole town quay. Having carried out major works over four of the last five winters, we were planning to conduct only minor works this time, however we have found that one of the spreaders needs to be replaced which has entailed the removal of the mast - see the video below!
Sceptre is currently in Berthons at Lymington - if you'd like to volunteer to help with the antifouling and other tasks, we'd love you to Get Involved!
We are then looking forward to an active sailing and racing summer, entering the Falmouth Classics (14-16 June), the Round The Island Race (Saturday 29 June), and the British Classic Yacht Club's Classic Week (13-20 July) - contact us if you'd be interested in chartering Sceptre for one of these events.
Sceptre's mast being removed at Allspars, Swanwick, April 2019
Interested in chartering Sceptre?
Sceptre can be chartered for any of the events mentioned above, or for weekends during the summer. For more information, please see our Charter Page, and contact us for more information.
Interested in owning a share of Sceptre?
We would love to hear from anyone interested in joining our established group of enthusiasts to maintain, improve and enjoy sailing this beautiful yacht - for more information, see our Ownership page, or get in touch with us.
How Sceptre has changed over the years
A great day's sail up the Sound of Jura
(with thanks to Runrig for the music)
Back to Classics: hear why Sceptre is such a special boat
Sceptre feature article -