AUTEUR : American School
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EDITION : 1895
COURSE : 0
DESCRIPTION SITE :
Captain William Cranfield is seated in the centre. Edward Sycamore is seated third from left in second row. John Fale is extreme left first row.
NOTES AMERICA-SCOOP :
VALKYRIE III challenged for the America's Cup in 1895,
Photo: John Leather Collection
From the book: The big class racing yachtsLICENCE :
by John Leather
The crew of Valkyrie III in 1895. She needed forty men to race her and here they are grouped on the foredeck for the camera. Captain William Cranfield is seated in the center, before the mast in the second row. Edward Sycamore, the yacht's second captain, sits third from the left in the second row. The first and second mates are wearing cheesecutters and pilot jackets, and the cook wears white jacket. The thirty-six hands were the pick of Rowhedge, Wivenhoe and Brightlingsea racing men, with a few from the Clyde and Tollesbury: this one of the ablest racing crews in history. The hand seated on the far left of the first row is John Fale, who painted the picture of Valkyrie III which is in the Nottage Institute in Wivenhoe.
The appointment of a second captain was confined to yachts racing for the America's Cup and originated in the United States during the 1880s. It was also the practice in a few British challengers, and in very few instances on both sides there were three captains though one was in overall command. The second captain was there to assist when yachts became so complex as to be behond one man's capacity to manage the steering, tactics, observation of competitors, direct the mates for sail changes and crew disposition, decide the best course and keep track of changing depths, wind shifts and tidal streams.
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