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Victory 83

Boat Details

Designer: Ian Howlett

Builder: Fairey Allday Marine, Hamble

Model: 12 Metre

Year: 1983/2008

Boat Location: Newport, Rhode Island

Price: $980,000

Length: 60 ft 0 in 

Beam: 11 ft 10 in

Draft: 8 ft 8 in 

Hull Material: Aluminium




Victory 83, an International 12 Metre that needs very little introduction. She was designed by Ian Howlett and built in 1983 for Peter de Savary to complete in the Challenger Trials of 83’ where she came second, the following year she won the 12 Metre Worlds


Having been campaigned as 12 Metre her whole life, Victory 83 has been through several owners. It was her current owner who, in 2007 after a purchase from an Italian owner, went about a comprehensive refit which included replacing all deck hardware, new spars, hydraulics and most importantly reconfiguration of the cockpits to maximise the new class rules of crew size


Relaunched in 2008 after the refit and a new paint job, she went onto win the 12 Metre Worlds in 2009. Since then she has been meticulously maintained to the highest standard, racing with the very strong 12 Metre Fleet in Newport Rhode Island and claiming many race wins.


This is an amazing opportunity for a new owner or syndicate to purchase a turnkey race programme which includes everything from a world champion 12 Metre, 40ft workshop container and a 28ft chase boat.


1983 Challenger Trials – Finished second to Australia II. 

1984 Worlds – First in a fleet stacked with AC teams.

2009 Worlds – First in the Modern Division.

2009-2019 – Numerous North American, special regattas and Fleet Championships.

2019 Pre-Worlds – 1st Modern Division

2019 – IYAC Cup – all division 19 mile 12M Fleet Race around Jamestown Island – first to finish



Original keel and trim tabs – fully faired during the 2008 refit and fitted with fairing flaps

New rudder designed by Computational Fluid Dynamics and built by Composite Solutions (2008)

New steering system and bearings (2008)

Deck Layout


The deck was fully redesigned during the 2008 refit which optimised the new class rules for larger crews onboard. The original circular vang track was removed and a more conventional vang strop fitted which allowed more space in the fwd section of the cockpit. The new layout allowed a companionway for in the pit area for easy access down below.


Her new deck layout has been nicknamed the Victory Job!


The winch package was custom built/designed to allow the primary, mainsheet and pit winches to be driven by the pedestals, these are all connect by the 'x box' to link the drive trains. Any one of the three pedestals can drive the primary, main and pit winches. 

x2 Lewmar 105  (Primaries) with carbon skirts, upwind/downwind range selection 

x1 Lewmar 105 (mainsheet) with carbon skirt and self-tailing plates, upwind and downwind range selection 

x2 Lewmar 99 racing (runners) flange mounted, carbon skirts and self tailing plates 

x1 Lewmar 68 (pit) pedestal driven with over drive box fitted 

x1 Lewmar 68 (topper/second halyard) 

x1 Lewmar 50 (foreguy) 

x3 Carbon pedestals 






Sail Spars Design Triple Spreader mast (minimum weight and one of the stiffest 12 Metre Mast built) 

Composite Engineering carbon boom with strop mounted vang 

x2 custom 'square' composite spinnaker poles (deck layout allows spare pole to be carried onboard) 


Navtec rigging

Cobalt rod headstay and jumpers 

Spreader and jumper tips with custom low windage 'cigar' fittings 

Shroud rollers for headsails 




Full Grandprix Navtec Hydraulic systems, rams as follows: 


  • Headstay

  • Jib tack

  • Genoa leads(P&S)

  • Checkstay

  • Vang

  • Outhaul

  • Cunningham

  • Floating main tack

  • Push-pull deck level mast ram

  • Navtec pressurised Reservoir

  • Fast take up system for pulling the rig forward downwind

  • Five Big bore pumping stations. Main Island has a super big bore AC pump

  • String Release: A number of functions are fitted with string / button releases



The boat is running a 12v electrical system   

Ockam Racing instrumentation package

Expedition onboard computer system

Transducers for wind, speed and depth 



Diverse headstay load pin 

Custom 5 display mast pod 

Electric bilge pump (p&s) 

Garmin camera 

VHF base station 

VHF handheld 

Shore power cable 

Shore power box with battery charger 


Chase Boat/Tender 


28ft Protector rib which is fitted with twin Yamaha 200hp outboard engines

New tubes in 2008

Garmin chartplotter, radar and AIS.

Serviced every year and always stored inside during off season


Additional Information


40ft shipping container which has been designed and built as a full workshop/storage facility for the campaign



The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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