|Document No 312: Defender|
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EDITION : 1895
BATEAUX : DEFENDER
DATE : 1895
COURSE : 0
DESCRIPTION SITE :
Designer : Nathanael Greene Herreshoff
In building Defender, the Herreshoff brothers' special innovation is the use of Aluminum. But, just after the boat is launched, is becomes evident that is suffers from a little known phenomenon: corrosion due to electrolysis. This type of construction allowed a weight saving of 17 tonnes over classical building methods.
During the defence selection trials, Defender sails against Vigilant, Volunteer and Jubilee. During the final, only Vigilant (1893) skippered Charlie Barr races against Defender. On August 10 Vigilant notches up a win. Defender does not finish due to rig problems. Defender strikes back on August 29 and 30 with two easy wins against Vigilant and is selected to defend the America's Cup against the British yacht Valkyrie III.
America's Cup: September 7 to 12, 1895, off New York
Defender races against Valkyrie III in the best of five series
Three different courses:
Results: Defender beats Valkyrie III by three wins to nil
42" x 30"NOTES AMERICA-SCOOP :