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1851-1937

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Loïck PEYRON (Voiles et Voiliers July 2014)

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The Madeleine’s VictoryTHE MADELEINE DEFEAT THE CONTESS OF DUFFERIN BY TEN MINUTES AND FIFTY-NINE SECONDS

Copyright © The New York Times : Published: August 12, 1876
A bright cheery morning, the Long Island shore steeped in sunshine, and sunshine crowning the heights of Staten Island and flashing on the pleasant waters of the bay and on the white sails ...

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YANKEE LEADING RANGER OVER THE STARTING LINE OFF NEWPORT - The race committee's yacht Wilhelmina is in the foreground as the two America’s Cup candidates begin their first trialU. S. Yachts to Race in Three Series of Tests

March 26, 1937.— There will be three trial series for the defense candidates as in 1930 and 1934. They again will be the preliminary series, the observation one and the final trials. The first two will consist of approximately seven races each, and the last will be carried out until the cup committee selects the defender.

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ENDEAVOUR - 1934The most beautiful J Class ever built.

In 1934, Sopwith challenged with Endeavour. She was Charles Nicholson’s third J-Class design and he said of her: “She will have quite a normal hull... because I have thought it right to suppress possible experimental form, which would be most interesting to try out, but which I have to leave to American designers.

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Photos of Shamrock, challenger  of America's Cup 1899Gallery "Sir Thomas Lipton"

Shamrock came to this country under reduced cutter rig, convoyed by the steam-yacht Erin. Permission was granted by the New York Yacht Club to tow Shamrock in calm weather, and under tow most of the way she made the passage from Fairlee, which was left August 3d, to Sandy Hook, via the Azores, in fourteen days twenty hours, the distance being three thousand four hundred miles.

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George OwenGeorge Owen was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1877. His mother died when he was young. After this loss, Owen was drawn closer to family in Rhode Island. The Owen family was active in yachting and commissioned boats from both Edward Burgess, and Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Bristol, Rhode Island. In addition to many opportunities to race fast fine boats, Owen also began developing hobbies such as photography.

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01450VLieut. William Henn, R. N., was born in Dublin in 1847, his father being a landed proprietor in the County Clare. At 13 years of age, he joined the Royal Navy (RN) as a cadet on HMS Trafalgar. From 1862 to 1866, he served as midshipman on the steam frigate HMS Galatea, at the time one of the fastest ships of the Royal Navy. William left the vessel a few months before the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Alfred, took command.

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V Barlow Moore's painting career would seem to parallel that of the heyday of British yachting. Although little is known about the biographical details of this skilled London yacht painter, he is known to have exhibited his portraits at both the Royal Academy and the British Institute.

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