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   "If we can fly today in the San Francisco Bay, this is because there have been "adventurers" like Walter Greene and Mike Birch.
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Loïck PEYRON (Voiles et Voiliers July 2014)

No sooner had Galatea followed in the wake of Genesta as a defeated challenger than Albion's sons set out for another trial for the cup. This time the challenge came from Scotland, the Royal Clyde Yacht Club sending a letter proposing a race in 1887 on behalf of Mr. James Bell, with a boat of about the size of the Mayflower.

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Cup defender Whirlwind at Lawley'sIn answer to Lipton’s challenge of 1929 the Americans designed four J-Class yachts as possible defenders. Enterprise, Whirlwind, Yankee and Weetamoe were launched within a month of each other; Weetamoe and Enterprise from the Herreshoff yard and Yankee and Whirlwind from Lawley & Son’s yard in Bristol.

Whirlwind, the second J, was the most revolutionary of the four.

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04580VFrom the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN - April 13, 1901

In pursuance of their commendable policy of satisfying the very natural and perfectly proper public curiosity as to what manner of yachts are being put afloat for the defense of the "America" cup this year, Messrs. Lawson and Crowninshield, the owner and the designer of "Independence," have furnished...

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LiptonVSir Thomas J. Lipton's interest in sailing began at the age of fourteen when he talked his parents into letting him sail from his native Scotland to New York.

Five years later, he returned to Scotland with the equivalent of $500 and a lot of ideas on how to expand his family grocery store. Within a few years, he had 500 shops all over Great Britain and was well on his way to accumulating ...

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William Fife IIIWilliam Fife III OBE (15 June 1857 – 11 August 1944) was the third generation of a family of Scottish yacht designers and builders. He was born in Fairlie, North Ayrshire on the Firth of Clyde. This is where lies the family shipyard established in 1790 by his grandfather. He will live there until his death in 1944.
In 1875, after his studies at Brisbane Academy, he served his apprenticeship in the family yard.

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MullerWGVRecognized by marine historians and curators as a master in his field, marine artist Bill Muller, in the time-honored tradition of sea painters, has lived what he paints. His canvases are imbued with a sensitivity, accuracy and vitality that comes only from first hand experience and a love for and deep understanding of his subject matter.

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