Camper & Nicholson/Royal Huisman
Endeavour was commissioned by Sir T.O.M. Sopwith to challenge for the America’s Cup in 1934. Endeavour did not win the Cup but she came closer to doing so than any other challenger. Endeavour pioneered the development of the quadrilateral genoa, a two clewed headsail offering immense sail area and power, and still used on J Class yachts racing today.
Over the next 46 years, Endeavour passed through many hands, her fate often hanging by a thread. Among other indignities, she was sold to a scrap merchant in 1947 only to be saved by another buyer hours before her demolition was due to begin.
In 1984, American yachtswoman Elizabeth Meyer bought her and undertook a five year rebuild. Endeavour’s missing keel and ballast were rebuilt, the steel frames and hull plating repaired and replaced where necessary, and a new rudder fabricated. Elizabeth is known as the mother of modern age J-Class yachts having restored two original fleet boats (Endeavour and Shamrock).
The newly seaworthy hull was launched and towed to Holland where it was put on a barge and transported to the Royal Huisman Shipyard in Vollenhove. There she was transformed and rebuilt by Royal Huisman in 1989 into a modern masterpiece, with all new deck, rig, sailing gear and interior.
Endeavour sailed again, on June 22, 1989, for the first time in 52 years. Endeavour is not scheduled to be racing in the events this summer.