imageAMERICA'S CUP
1851-1937

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Loïck PEYRON (V&V July 2014)

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In the meantime steps were taken to build a boat to defend the cup. The superiority of Herreshoff vessels was such that no one was found willing to take chances against them, and as a result only one boat intended for defense was laid down, on order of a New York Yacht Club syndicate composed of William K. Vanderbilt, K. D. Morgan and C. Oliver Iselin. Extraordinary precautions were taken to make her a potential winner.

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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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IndepenceLinesVIn 1901, there are two yacht designers engaged in the task of defending the "America" Cup, and the yacht which is being built from Mr. Crowninshield's designs is of a type very widely diferent from what might be called the typical Herreshoff model. The "Independence" is an attempt to apply to the 90 foot yacht a form of hull which has been developed of late years in the keen competition between small craft of 15 and 20-foot waterline.

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Mayflower and AtlanticThe new sloop Atlantic, built as a candidate for cup-defense honors by a syndicate of Atlantic Yacht Club members, consisting of Messrs. Latham A. Fish, J. Rogers Maxwell, William Ziegler, Newbury D. Lawton, and others.

It may be recorded here that Atlantic did not possess speed enough to make her a serious opponent to Mayflower.

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Cup defender WhirlwindWhirlwind was the last of the four "J" class yachts to be ordered in 1929, and for this reason her designer choose composite construction for her, as the very limited number of workmen trained in light plating for yachts were already absorbed by the other three "J's" Enterprise, Weetamoe and Yankee. And so, Whirlwind's construction is very similar to that of Britannia, she should last as long as the royal cutter which was still racing after a long life of forty-two years.

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WrightJFV Drawn to ships and the sea because of the timeless nature of its mystery and beauty, J. Franklin Wright has developed the mastery of the marine composition at its compelling best. Specializing in ship portraits, he is influential for his explorations into the sparsely documented history of Canada’s shipbuilding industry.

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ChapmanCTV.jpgCarleton Theodore Chapman was born on September 18, 1860, in New London, Ohio and he died on February 12, 1925, in New York City, New York. He married Aurelie M. Reynaud, on November 8, 1911, Bronxville, New York.

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81 years: YANKEE RETURN TO BOSTON UNESCORTED

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Having left Gosport April 11, 1936, Gerard B. Lambert’s Yankee sloop return unescorted to the United States.

130 years: Launching of the Thistle

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Thistle, was built by Messrs. D. & W. Henderson, at Partick. The utmost secrecy in regard to her was preserved from the outset. She was launched, on April 26, 1887.

82 years: YANKEE SAILS TO ENGLAND

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Taking her departure from Boston Lightship on April 25, 1935, Yankee sails to England. Lambert’s Atlantic goes along as convoy.

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