Y43 GEMINI close hauled in a light breeze on its maiden sail. Port Townsend Bay, WA. August, 2010. Photo by Elizabeth Becker.


blue  ACTIVE

orange UNDER RESTORATION

green FOR SALE

black UNKNOWN

red RETIRED

Forty-one Yankees have been built

For those who enjoy numbers:

  • 44 racing numbers were distributed.
  • 5 were never built.
  • VARUNA was built without receiving a number.
  • 2 boats were given hull number Y13.
  • 8 have definitely been scrapped.
  • 20 are missing.
  • 15 Yankee sailboats are definitely known to exist.

The Yankee One Design Directory, as of August 2015

Y1 YANKEE
Built in the summer of 1937 by Britt Brothers, with Starling Burgess overseeing construction. Launched Sept 1937.
retired
Y2 VARUNA Built in New Zealand, 1939.
New Zealand, good condition
Y3 JULEP
Built in Toronto.
location unknown
Y4 Most likely never built.
Y5 Most likely never built.
Y6 Most likely never built.
Y7 Most likely never built.
Y8 PARTHENIA, CHANCEMAN, SPOOK
Quincy Adams, 1940. Original Beverly fleet.
location unknown
Y9 II FIDDLE, SNOWGOOSE
Quincy Adams, 1940. Original Beverly fleet.   Nantucket fleet.
location unknown
Y10 HERON
Quincy Adams, 1940. Original Beverly fleet.
location unknown
Y11 MONSOON, HALF-MINE
Quincy Adams, 1940. Original Beverly fleet.
location unknown
Y12 WATER WITCH
Quincy Adams, 1940. Original Beverly fleet.
under restoration in CT
Y13 SEABO
Quincy Adams, 1940.   The first of two No.13 hulls built by Quincy.
location unknown
Y13 SENTRY, REGARDLESS, RED JACKET, CRUSADER
The second hull No.13 built by Quincy in 1940, this boat was part of the original Beverly fleet.
retired
Y14 HONEY, SNOW WHITE, GADFLY
Quincy Adams, 1940. Original Beverly fleet, built for and originally owned by John D. Rockefeller.
 Owned by Tom Hubbell, as of April 2016, under restoration at Berkshire Wooden Boat. Will be sailing on Chautauqua Lake, NY.
Y15 BROOMSTICK, TANYA, ANYTA, BROOMSTICK
Quincy Adams, 1940. Original Beverly fleet. Owned by Persson family for 30 years, now owned by Glenn & Kelly Gordon.
under restoration, Clinton CT
Y16 SWEET 16, ROGERS PEET CO
Quincy Adams, 1940. Original Beverly fleet.
location unknown
Y17 SNAFU, SAUCY SALLY, TOTHER LADY
Quincy Adams, 1946. Beverly fleet. Last seen in a field in East Blue Hill, Maine.
location unknown
Y18 MADEMOISELLE, MS
Cleveland fleet, then Lake Champlain fleet.
retired
Y19 DAWN, IWANNA
Built 1946. Cleveland fleet.
Lake Erie, excellent condition
Y20 VALHALLA
Cleveland fleet.
retired
Y21 SIROCCO
Cleveland fleet. Recent decades in the Pacific Northwest.
Marseille France, excellent condition
Y22 SUMMER GIRL
Nantucket. Brought from East for the Cleveland fleet. When scrapped, SUMMER GIRL’s parts were used in restoration of Y21 SIROCCO.
retired.
Y23 REINDEER
Brought from East for the Cleveland fleet.
retired
Y24 ARIEL
location unknown
Y25 HAVOC
location unknown
Y26 VEYU
location unknown
Y27 ALERIA
Beverly fleet.
location unknown
Y28 AEOLUS, HAPHAZARD
Beverly fleet.
location unknown
Y29 WESTWARD HO
Lake Champlain fleet.
Lake Champlain, very good condition.
Y30 RIGADOON
Nantucket, then Cleveland.
retired.
Y31 ROYAL SAVAGE II, VENTURE
(Not to be confused with Y36 VENTURE) Lake Champlain fleet.   Has been fiberglassed.
location unknown
Y32 SAILFISH
location unknown
Y33 SARATOGA, LOTSWIFE
Lake Champlain fleet.   Beverly fleet.
location unknown
Y34 FLAME
Built by Jack Earhorn, 1949 for racing in the San Francisco Fleet. FLAME has Been meticulously restored and sails proudly on the San Francisco Bay out of Richmond Yacht Club. She has done so for the last 41 years by Robert Roche.
San Francisco Bay, excellent condition.
Y35 CIRCE, AURA LEE
location unknown
Y36 VENTURE
(1949 – 2010) The first of three Yankees that John Linderman built for his family, on weekends and evenings, while working at the Stone Boatyard. Raced heavily in the San Fransico Bay during the 1960s and ’70s. Spent 17 years at the Center for Wooden Boats, in Seattle, WA. When scrapped, VENTURE’s parts were used to built Y43 GEMINI.
retired
Y37 REBEL
location unknown
Y38 YANKEE CLIPPER
Built by Stone Boatyard (John Linderman and Jack Earhorn) for a priest. Was never raced on Sundays. Shipped to Seattle in the 1980s. Donated to the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) 1990. Shipped back to California after spending 20 years at CWB.
under restoration
Y39 YANKEE DOODLE
Built by Stone Boatyard (John Linderman and Jack Earhorn) for Lester Stone himself. Shipped to Seattle along with Y36 and Y39. Shipped to East Coast for restoration, circa 1995.
location unknown
Y40 TARFON, TARFUN
Built by John Linderman in 1956. San Francisco fleet.  Pacific Northwest.
Port Townsend, WA, excellent condition
Y41 Most likely never built.
Y42 FLOTSAM
Built by John Linderman in 1963. San Francisco fleet.
Alameda, CA, excellent condition
Y43 GEMINI
Built by the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, 2010.
Whidbey Island, WA, excellent condition
Racing Number Unknown #1 HEAVEN UP H’ISTED, POCAHONTAS
Possibly built by Quincy Adams, 1946.
Under restoration since 2012, from previously mixed condition. Includes original hardware.Note: This boat appears somewhere else on this list, with a “location unknown” status.
Racing Number Unknown #2 SHADOW
Probably built in 1940, as part of the original Beverly fleet. Was refurbished in New York State by Stevens Boatyard, 1970. SHADOW was sold in July 2015. We look forward to hearing from the new owner.
Guilderland, NY, under restorationNote: This boat appears somewhere else on this list, with a racing number and a “location unknown” status. It might be Y31, since both boats were known to be covered in fiberglass, and Y31 is missing…
Racing Number Unknown #3 (NAME and racing number UNKNOWN)
Built by Quincy Adams, 1946. In August 2015, a previous owner reaquired this boat from NE Sailboat Rescue in Maine.
location and condition unknownNote: This boat appears somewhere else on this list, with a racing number, and “location unknown” status.

One of John Linderman’s sons working on Y49 VENTURE, another sitting on the scoffolding. Stone Boatyard, Alemeda, CA 1949.


This list of Yankee One Design names and racing numbers has been compiled from

  • Yankee One Design Yearbooks, 1940, 1949, 1950, 1953
  • Invoices and correspondence of Starling Burgess
  • Records and correspondence of the YOD Design Committee
  • Records of the YOD Association (1937 – 1968)

We’d love to fill the gaps in this list. If you have information to add about any of these boats, we’d love to hear from you — please leave a comment below.