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Loïck PEYRON (Voiles et Voiliers July 2014)

By the time Lord Dunraven's yacht arrived on this side there was plenty of faith displayed in Vigilant. She was as firmly fixed in the hearts of Americans as Volunteer, Mayflower or Puritan had ever been, though it cannot be said that the man who designed her was as popular as Burgess, nor her manager, Mr. C. Oliver Iselin, as was Gen. Paine.

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03617VCOLUMBIA WINS A DECISIVE VICTORY

Beats Shamrock II. in Brisk Wind by 2 Min. 52 Sec. Actual Time. The Challenger Is Worsted on Each Leg of the Triangular Course.

LogoNYT Oct. 4, 1901 - The second race for the America's Cup was sailed yesterday, over a triangular course off Sandy Hook and Columbia won by ...

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Photos of Shamrock III, challenger of America's Cup 1903Gallery "Sir Thomas Lipton"

The trip was made via the Azores, and the fleet arrived off Sandy Hook in good shape after a passage of 15 days and 23 hours. The racers immediately went to the Erie Basin to get their racing spars on end and to refit. This was the first time a challenger had ever had another yacht on this side of the water to race against in her tuning-up spins, and it was, of course, expected to be a great help to the new boat and to enable her crew to know when they had her at top form.

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03493VFrom the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN (March 30, 1901)

The very liberal policy which is being pursued by Mr. Thomas W. Lawson, the owner, and Mr. B. B. Crowninshield, the designer, of the 90-foot racing yacht, which is now under construction in Boston, for the defense of the America Cup, comes in pleasing contrast to the secrecy which of late years has surrounded ...

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The Match between America and Titania, 1851 - J. E. ButtersworthFrom Hunt's universal yacht list for 1851
The long-talked-of challenge given by the American Commodore Stevens, to sail any British yacht for any amount, having been accepted in the most friendly manner by G. R. Stephenson, Esq., the terms and conditions being left by both parties with the noble Commodore of the R.Y.S., the match was appointed to come off on Thursday, August 29, 1851, with the necessary "six-knot-breeze" for the purpose.

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JohnBarrV2Capt. Barr was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but removed with his parents at an early age to Gourock on the Clyde. Here the famous skipper sailed his first race and began his career as a yachtsman, which resulted in the first 12 years of racing in an average of 10 winnings a year, all in small boats.
Capt. Barr during his career had charge of the Neptune, a Fife boat, in which he won 35 prizes out of 50 starts, all sailed in Scotch and Irish waters.

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V Born in Bolton, Lancashire, England in 1829, this pivotal marine impressionist emigrated to the United States at the age of 15 where he became a pupil of Philadelphia marine artist James Hamilton. With his younger artist brother, Thomas, he returned to England and studied at the Royal Academy and received additional instruction at the Paris Academy, which built a strong European influence in his work.

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DunravenVWindham Thomas Wyndham-Quin, 4th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, (12 February 1841 – 14 June 1926), styled Viscount Adare between 1850 and 1871, was an Irish journalist, landowner, entrepreneur, sportsman and Conservative politician.
He served as Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies under Lord Salisbury from 1885 to 1886 and 1886 to 1887...

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