Vessel Owner: Andy Tyska (Regatta Sponsor Bristol Marine)
Captain and Crew: Andy Tyska, Dennis Gunderson, Ross Branch
Vessel Designer: Clinton Crane
Vessel Model: 12 meter
Builder: Harry B. Nevins, Inc.
Vessel Type: sloop
LOA: 68' 1"
LWL: 47' 6"
Beam: 11' 5"
Draft: 9' 3"
Construction: double-planked mahogany on ceder, oak frams
Gleam represents a style of very much-admired past America’s Cup yachts. While she never raced in the America's Cup herself, she was an America's cup trial horse on more than one occasion.
Originally, she was named Akaba, but during construction was changed to Gleam because Mrs. Crane had read the Alfred Lord Tennyson piece “Merlin and the Gleam” and thought it would be appropriate to name her Gleam after reading “All but in Heaven hovers the Gleam. Follow, follow, follow the Gleam.”
Gleam has been featured on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” The Discovery Channel and PBS. She has also graced the pages of countless magazines such as Town and Country, Wooden Boat, Sailing World, Classic Boat and Yachting World, just to name a few. Her interior was selected to appear in the book of Classic Yacht Interiors.
Gleam is undergoing a restoration at Bristol Marine's Shipyard at Boothbay Harbor.