imageAMERICA'S CUP
1851-1937

   "If we can fly today in the San Francisco Bay, this is because there have been "adventurers" like Walter Greene and Mike Birch.
   To understand the future, we must know and respect the past."

Loïck PEYRON (Voiles et Voiliers July 2014)

Yankee and Rainbow with their spinnakers flying during a pre-America's Cup trial race for the defenders position.  Rainbow won the spot to defend the Cup and went on to win the 1934 America's Cup.  From the Edwin Levick Collection.Vanderblit and Morgan head America's Cup syndicates

November 1, 1933.— Where three years ago four candidates, Enterprise, Weetamoe, Whirlwind and Yankee were built and raced in an elimination series for the honor of defending the America’s Cup, only two syndicates definitely are being formed thus far for the 1934 match.

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00418VRANGER BEATS ENDEAVOUR II BY BIGGEST MARGIN IN FIFTY YEARS

Huge Newport Spectator Fleet Ranges From Rowboats to Ocean-Going Craft; FOG COVERS RETURN OF FLEET TO HARBOR But Skippers Report Perfect Day of Cruising in World's Biggest Sports Arena.

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The new rules :

The RYS Minutes of 9 May 1851 record the decision to hold a race on Friday 22nd August, during the club's Regatta, which would be open to yachts of clubs of all nations. This first such race was arranged so that America could take part if she came to England. Squadron races were normally open only to their own yachts.

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Crew of SHAMROCK IV at Gosport in 1914.Crew of SHAMROCK IV at Gosport in 1914.

Peter Bibby writes:
In 1914 when SHAMROCK IV sailed to America to compete for the cup the following Tollesbury men were onboard: Edward Heard, 1st mate; Leonard Frost, mastheadman; Albert Heard, bowsprit-end man; Uriah Leavett, Uriah Heard; Walter Bibby; Walter Leavett; Ben Heard; Arthur South and Jack Layzell. Uriah Leavett was drowned from the VERUNA [VARUNA ?] off Clacton in 1926.

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04378VCaptain Urias Rhodes was born in Bay Shore, Long Island, on February 23, 1852. He was the son of Richard Rhodes, whose father, William Rhodes, lived in Rockaway before coming to Bay Shore. William was four times married and had 13 children. Richard was the only child of the union of William and Elizabeth Brower. Richard was born in Bay Shore on December 8, 1827, and died September 6, 1916. He married Selina L'Hommedieu on January 28, 1851.

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AJKenealyVFrom Brian Kenealy

Ahmed John Kenealy was born in 1856, first of E.V.H. Kenealy's 12 children. He was married in England to a Marie, and then emigrated to USA in about 1880.He has two daughters, Cathleen and Viola, born 1882 and 1883 respectively in New York and the family was living in Midland Twp, Bergan NJ in 1900. Having commanded ships across the Atlantic for many years, Ahmed, who adopted the title Captain, was shipping correspondent for the NY Herald.

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