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Montague Dawson - The Greatest Race, Endeavour vs Rainbow, 1934RAINBOW OUTSAILS ENDEAVOUR 3 MN 26 S BY GREAT SPURT IN LAST 11 MILES.

NEWPORT, R.I., Sept. 20. -- In a blaze of sunlight over a blue carpet of ocean, Rainbow, the defender, came through today to win the third America's Cup race. It made the score two contests to one in favor of the English challenger, ...

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05317VENTERPRISE SAILS AWAY FROM ALTERED SHAMROCK IN SECOND YACHT CUP RACE

LIPTON IS GRIEVED AS HE VIEWS DEFEAT

NEWPORT, R.I., Sept. 15.-- Wheeling around a triangular course of thirty miles with the apparent ease of a great, soaring bird, Enterprise, defender of the ...

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00486VSECOND AND FINAL VICTORY

THE MISCHIEF BEATS THE YACHT ATALANTA BY AT LEAST FIVE MILES.

A bright day and a brisk wind cheered the hearts of yachtsmen yesterday morning and gave promise of a fine day’s sport.

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The Lawson History of the America's Cup - Winfield M. Thompson, Thomas W. Lawson - Google Livres1895 America's Cup defender

Defender was designed by Nathanael Greene Herreshoff and built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in 1895. It was Herreshoff's second victorious America's Cup defender design. She was a sloop with all-metal construction: steel, aluminum, and manganese bronze.

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03493VFrom the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN (March 30, 1901)

The very liberal policy which is being pursued by Mr. Thomas W. Lawson, the owner, and Mr. B. B. Crowninshield, the designer, of the 90-foot racing yacht, which is now under construction in Boston, for the defense of the America Cup, comes in pleasing contrast to the secrecy which of late years has surrounded ...

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John Mecray Limited Editions: 35.  DEFENDERIn this country we were not content to trust the defense to Vigilant, especially after her poor showing against Britannia in 1894, and a syndicate was formed in the New York Yacht Club (syndicates were getting to be the fashion those days, with the growing cost of building and running a defender) to build a new boat. In this syndicate were C. Oliver Iselin, who was to manage the yacht, W. K. Vanderbilt, and E. D. Morgan.

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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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BrackmanDVBorn in London in 1932, David Brackman is considered to be one of the most outstanding marine artists working today. He is a keen yachtsman and aboard his yacht, 'Panache' has sailed in many waters, made transatlantic passages and has spent considerable time during the past 10 years cuising in the Mediterranean.

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Morris "Rosy" Rosenfeld was born February 16, 1885 in Budapest, Hungary and will be nationalized American July 28, 1904 in Brooklyn, New York. Morris originally wanted to be an artist, but his parents wanted him to be a doctor. According to Everett B. Morris from the commentary in Under Full Sail, "He left school at thirteen to do a man's work in a man's world, armed only with the clumsy Gundlach 4x5 plate camera bought with his five-dollar prize ...

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132 years: THE GENESTA TRIP ACROSS THE ATLANTIC

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Left Tompkinsville on October 8, 1885, Genesta sails to England with hard head winds.

130 years: GALATEA GO BACKHOME

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The English cutter Galatea, with Lieutenant Henn and his wife on board, returned to England. The cutter dropped its moorings in Bay Ridge Oct. 11, 1887.

146 years: Fifth race of the 1871 challenge

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October 23, 1871: The Livonia was 26 minutes and 36 seconds astern at the finish line. Sappho wins by 25 minutes 27 seconds corrected time

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