In 1910 Morton Plant commissioned Elena to be designed by American naval architect Nathanael Herreshoff, the “Wizard of Bristol”, who was famed for designing sailing yachts for America’s elite. Plant gave a wonderful design brief: build me a schooner that can win!
Herreshoff gave her a slightly deeper keel than preceding designs of that time, lowering her center of ballast, which improved her windward ability. Fresh out of the shed, the yacht won most of her early races against the cream of the American schooner fleet. Seventeen years later came her crowning glory – victory in the 1928 Trans-Atlantic Race.
|Length over all:||55.00 m|
|Length water line:||29.60 m|
|Type:||A class racing schooner|
|Designer:||Nathanael G. Herreshoff|
|Naval Architect:||ACUBENS Naval Architects|
|Hull Speed:||13.6 knots|
|Range (under engines):||3.000 nm @ 10 knots|
|Sail Area (upwind):||1.180 m|
|Sail Area (downwind):||1.800 m|
|Guests:||10 in 5 cabins|
|Crew:||8 in 5 cabins|