Original Oil Painting

Lionheart and Velsheda in the Solent

This painting is available at Sheldon Fine Art in Newport Rhode Island.

Lionheart’s story is as intriguing as the story of the Js themselves. She’s based on the never-built Ranger F. This was one of several alternate designs that had been created for Harold Vanderbilt, the railroad executive and skilled yachtsman, in preparation for the 1937 America’s Cup. One day in 2006, an experienced yacht owner asked Andre Hoek, the head of Hoek Design, which J Class yacht he’d want if he were to commission one for his own use. Hoek and his team analyzed all of the performance data of the original Js, including the never-built ones, and of the new yachts, narrowing it down to five. Those five were further analyzed, with Ranger F, designed by Starling Burgess and Sparkman & Stephens for Vanderbilt’s syndicate, emerging as the best overall performer. The owner then informed Hoek he’d like to build a new yacht based on that design.

Velsheda, was designed by Charles Nicholson and built by Camper & Nicholson in 1933 at Gosport for Mr. W.L. Stephenson, owner of the Woolworth chain of shops. She was Nicholson’s second design for a J Class and Stephenson’s second big yacht. “Velsheda” was named after Stephenson’s three daughters, Velma, Sheila and Daphne. She raced with the greatest names in classic yachting including “Britannia”, “Endeavour” and “Shamrock” between 1933 and 1936. In her second season she won more than 40 races and achieved an outstanding record of success at Regattas from Southend to Dartmouth. Other venues included Torbay, Swanage and of course the Solent, all under the control of the very famous Captain Mountfield. The permanent crew at that time was approximately 16 men and would have been augmented to around 30 for racing. When not required for sail changes, spare crew were moved below decks.

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Lionheart and Velsheda in the Solent 40×40  canvas (unframed) and all of our original oil paintings are created in my studio on Cape Cod. Cape Cod is famous for its particularly radiant light and magnificent landscapes, seascapes and quaint harbors. Home to thousands of artists and art galleries, Cape Cod has earned its reputation as a location for artists and collectors of fine art. From the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown to the bridges, creating and collecting art is a way of life. We have a number of sailing paintings available in our gallery and online.

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