Town & Country
July 1989


Knifing close-hauled up Narragansett Bay, Robert Tiedemann in Gleam takes the upwind edge over 70-foot Northern Light. But he can't lose: both classic twelve-meters, elegant contenders of the late 1930s, are his. Tiedemann, one of the founders of The Museum of Yachting in Newport, rescued these graceful sloops from dilapidation, and accurately restored them himself - right down to their hemp lines and brass fittings. Long before today's stripped-out fiberglass twelves battled for the America's Cup, these queenly yachts were stealing marks. They still do.
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