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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.
   To understand the future, we must know and respect
the past."

Loïck PEYRON (V&V July 2014)



00556VNo series of races in the cup's history was ever sailed under such adverse and trying conditions as that between Columbia and Shamrock. An unprecedented period of foggy weather and light airs made it impossible to secure a race until thirteen days from the first day set, October 3d. The yachts started on October 3d, 5th, 7th and 19th, but could not finish within the time limit for want of wind, while none of these meetings afforded a conclusive test of their merits.

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Countess of Dufferin ready for launching at CobourgThe last of the challenging schooners for America's Cup

The first Canadian challenge was received in April, 1876, from Major Charles Gifford, vice commodore of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, who was the head of a syndicate or stock company, formed to build the Countess of Dufferin.

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SopwithV.jpgSir Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith (18 January 1888 – 27 January 1989) was an English aviation pioneer and yachtsman. Sopwith was born in Kensington, London on 18 January 1888.
He was the eighth child and only son of Thomas Sopwith (a civil engineer) & his wife Lydia Gertrude née Messiter. He was educated at Cottesmore School in Hove and at Seafield Park engineering college in Hill Head.

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FirthRMVFormer butcher Richard Firth has become one of the world’s leading marine artists, after teaching himself with a beginners’ painting-by-numbers kit.
Mr Firth now sells his work for up to £40,000 a piece in some of the most prestigious auction houses, including Christies in New York.

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131 years: Galatea sailed its Atlantic crossing

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Left July 2, 1886, Galatea sailed its Atlantic crossing with Mr. & Mrs. Henn aboard. The cruise is made without incident in light winds.

103 years: SHAMROCK IV SAILS TO THE AZORES

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Having left Portsmouth 18 July 1914 under the command of Captain Turner, Shamrock IV sailed to the Azores.

97 years: Third race of the 1920 challenge

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July 21, 1920: Resolute Wins Third Race. Yachts sail dead head but Handicap Gives Cup Defender the Victory for 7 minutes 1 second.

92 years: RESOLUTE BOUGHT BY PHILADELPHIA

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PROVIDENCE, R.I., July 21, 1925. -- The Resolute, victor over the Shamrock IV. in the 1920 races for the America’s Cup, has been bought by E.W. Clark of Philadelphia and will make her next appearance afloat as a schooner. The Resolute is at Bristol, where she has been stored since she was hauled out in 1920.

130 years: THE MAIDEN TRIP OF THE VOLUNTEER

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The maiden trip of the Volunteer under sail was made on July 21, 1887, and she gave great satisfaction.

133 years: RECORDS 1884 OF GENESTA

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July 21, 1884.- Course 50 miles, Dublin Bay; wind variable; win by Irex, Geneasta not placed; time, 8:19:15.

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