imageAMERICA'S CUP
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)



Four candidates for one place

The four candidates for the honor of defending the cup met for the first time on the New York Yacht Club cruise. Little definite was learned here of their relative speed, owing to a succession of light, baffling winds, with fog, while on the first day of the cruise. 

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Sources: The "America's" cup races by Herbert L. Stone (March 1914)

On this side of the water three boats are being built to defend the Cup, each from the board of a different designer. Following the acceptance of the challenge a syndicate of which Henry Walters was the leading member, was formed in the New York Yacht Club, and went to Nathanael Greene Herreshoff for their boat.

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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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ArrowV“The epitome of the first sixty years of salt-water racing”

Arrow was 61 feet 9½ inches long by 18 feet 5¼ inches beam, with a depth of hold of 8 feet 8 inches. She had the usual round barrel-like bottom, and, so far as can be learned, a round, short bow, the run being fair and easy, the small midship section lending itself pleasantly to this.

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CarterJVBorn in Wivenhoe in 1850, John Carter began sailing at a young age aboard "smacks", the typical fishing boats of Rowhedge and its neighbourhood. At the age of 22, he helmed small yachts and in 1875, he distinguished himself as the skipper of the 10-ton Lancer and later of the 110-ton cutter Moina.
His reputation led to him taking command of the Genesta, the English challenger for the fifth America's Cup. The American yacht Puritan won the first race.

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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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GerrardCFV The artist, Charles F. Gerrard, shows up in 1882 on the Sydney professional trade list as a painter, then as a marine artist and finally as simply ‘artist’. He exhibits his first works with the Royal Art Society in Sydney in 1884, consisting of coastal scenes. He is extremely well received by his contemporaries according to newspaper reports.

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