What type of boat shown here was the most significant innovation of 20th century yachting?
In the early years of the 20th century, Pleon Yacht Club was at the forefront of a movement to give more attention to young sailors. Starling Burgess helped this trend when he designed the first Brutal Beast for his children. The Brutal Beast was a hard-chine, V bottomed catboat, 14’ overall. The Brutal Beast divisions raced every day except Monday. J-Boat luminaries such as Vanderbilt, Sopwith, Hovey and Lambert raced borrowed Brutal Beasts on their lay day from a J-Boat regatta organized by the Eastern.
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