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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 (V&V July 2014)

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America's Cup 1871, LIVONIA vs. COLUMBIAA tempestuous passage

The new challenger, Livonia, left Cowes on September 2d and after a slow and tempestuous passage of twenty-nine days, during which she was hove to in a hurricane, and lost sails, broke her foreboom, and carried away her bowsprit, arrived at Staten Island on October 1st.

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A first attempt

After the last modification of Deed of Gift adopted in May 1888, nothing of importance transpired in cup matters until the following spring, when a challenge, dated March 19th, 1889, was received from the Earl of Dunraven.

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RAINBOW LAUNCHED AT BRISTOL YARDFifteenth victorious defender of the America's Cup

Rainbow was built in 1934 and commissioned by Harold Vanderbilt at the Nat Herreshoff yard in Bristol (New England). The yacht was designed by William Starling Burgess. Vanderbilt named her Rainbow, hoping for a better future in times of great depression.

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The Sloop Maria Racing the Schooner Yacht America - by James E. ButtersworthThe Maria was designed in 1844 by Robert Livingston Stevens, working in conjunction with his brothers John C. and Edwin A., for whom the vessel was built by William Capes in his yard in Hoboken. She was launched in 1845, and began her racing career Oct. 6th, 1846, in the first amateur, or Corinthian, regatta of the New York Yacht Club, beating the fleet by an hour over a 40-mile course from the club-house in Hoboken, up the Hudson to Fort Washington, and down to the Narrows and back.

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CaptHHaff.jpgNobody in America's Cup history has sailed in the afterguard of more successful Cup boats than Hank Haff, skipper or tactician of four winners between 1881 and 1895. As of 2004, only Nathanael G. Herreshoff, C. Oliver Iselin, and Dennis Conner have matched his remarkable record.
Before the advent of Captain Charley Barr, his supremacy in America was unquestioned.

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SargeantHV.jpg Henry Sargeant was a British visual artist who was born in 1798. Several works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Pair of Works: The First Race for the America's Cup' sold at Bonhams New York 'Important Maritime Paintings' in 2014 for $37,500. The artist died in 1868.

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