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1851-1937

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

Loïck PEYRON (V&V July 2014)



EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE RACE OF 1914.

After the race of 1903 and Sir Thomas Lipton's third failure to "lift" the Cup, ten years passed before a challenge that was satisfactory to the N.Y.Y.C. was accepted and terms agreed upon for a race in the year 1914. This was the longest period of inactivity in America's Cup racing since the first race in this country in 1870.

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Yachting in the Solent: Arrow Livonia Vanguard Egeria FoxhoundOn his return to England late in the autumn, Mr. Ashbury immediately set about building a new schooner, as he had determined before he left America to make another attempt for the Cup the following year.

He felt, however, though he had not made a formal protest at the time, that it was unfair and not in accordance with the terms under which the Cup was held...

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Mr. and Mrs. T.O.M Sopwith aboard the yacht with Frank Murdoch. From the Edwin Levick Collection.Fairey, Briton, Proposes That Races Be Held With Smaller Class K Boats. Planned Year Ago, in Event of Endeavour's Failure to Make Bid for Trophy.

LONDON, Aug. 31.-The long-awaited British challenge for the America’s Cup already has been sent to New York by C. R. Fairey, airplane builder and owner of Shamrock V.

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The launch of Ranger from the Bath Iron Works boathouse.  This was Harold Vanderbilt's third J-class yacht, and it was built soley for the America's Cup races.  From the Edwin Levick Collection.J-class racing yacht that successfully defended the 1937 America's Cup

Ranger was built as the answer to T.O.M. Sopwith's second challenge for the America's Cup with his Endeavour II. But, unlike Enterprise and Rainbow, the new defender was not a syndicate yacht. All attempts by the New York Yacht Club to form a syndicate in 1937 had failed.

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01731VNEW CUP CHALLENGER AND SHAMROCK I. ARRIVE

Shamrock III. Towed Across by Steam Yacht Erin and Old Boat by Tug Cruizer.

June 15, 1903 : Shamrock III., Sir Thomas Lipton's pride and hope, with which he expects to win back to Britain the America's Cup,...

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Unlucky challenger for America's Cup 1893

Valkyrie II was a gaff-rigged cutter. She was designed by George Lennox Watson and built alongside HMY Britannia at the D&W Henderson shipyard, Meadowside, Partick on the River Clyde, Scotland in 1893 for owner Lord Dunraven of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

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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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FairchildFV.jpgNo details of the life of Franklin Fairchild found on the internet.
His work seems to boil down to a series of four lithographs of the matches of the America's Cup in 1885, 1895, 1930 and 1934.

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MichauxMVPeintre surréaliste narratif.

MICHAUX, né en Belgique à Charleroi en 1937, peint depuis qu'il sait tenir un pinceau. A 4 ans, il dessine des camions, à 12 ans, il peint sa première toile qui se trouve toujours dans son atelier.

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IT WAS THERE ...

124 years: Valkyrie II crosses the Atlantic

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After leaving Cowes 23 August 1893, Valkyrie II crosses the Atlantic.

80 years: NO TRACE OF THE ENDEAVOUR

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The four Coast Guard cutters continue a fruitless search for Endeavour, but nothing to report.

116 years: SHAMROCK II IN DRY DOCK

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On September 21, 1901 the coat of green paint on Shamrock’s topsides was removed, except a narrow ribband at the sheer-strake, it being thought she would sail better without it. The entire hull of the boat was burnished like a metal mirror, the bronze taking a dull lustre of a yellowish-green tint.

131 years: CABLE FOR NEW CHALLENGE

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GLASGOW, Sept. 21, 1886On behalf of James Bell, a member of this club, I officially intimate a challenge for America’s Cup, the contest to take place next September, confirming by post.WILLIAM YORKSecretary Royal Clyde Yacht Club.

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