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)

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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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LORD DUNRAVEN left Valkyrie II at New York for the winter of 1893-94 but did not race her in American waters the next season, as he had intended doing. His eyes were still turned toward the Cup, and in the autumn of 1894 he opened correspondence looking to another challenge.

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Photos of Shamrock, challenger of America's Cup 1899Gallery "Sir Thomas Lipton"

Sir Thomas Lipton bequeathed his collection of photographs, newspaper cuttings and memorabilia to the Mitchell Library where it is still housed. In 1999, the collection was showing signs of degradation and Unilever, who now own the Lipton brand, funded the conservation and digitisation costs.

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04865VIn canvassing the list of American boats fast enough to put against the Canadian challenger of 1881, the New York Yacht Club decided that the sloop Arrow was the most desirable. She was of David Kirby's build, but being owned by a non-member of the New York Yacht Club, Mr. Ross Winans, of Baltimore, she was not considered available.
While the question of buying the Arrow was being debated by members of ...

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LangmaidRVRowland John Robb Langmaid R.A. (1 December 1897 – 11 February 1956) was a British Seaman, engraver, artist and war artist.
Langmaid was born in to a Navy family in Vancouver and he studied maritime art with William Lionel Wyllie.

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SheppardWVSheppard was a true Renaissance Man: successful as an artist, teacher, author, yachtsman, navigator and yacht designer. He studied painting under the excellent M.F.H. de Haas in New York City, and received his formal art training at the Cooper Union.

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81 years: YANKEE RETURN TO BOSTON UNESCORTED

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Having left Gosport April 11, 1936, Gerard B. Lambert’s Yankee sloop return unescorted to the United States.

82 years: YANKEE SAILS TO ENGLAND

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Taking her departure from Boston Lightship on April 25, 1935, Yankee sails to England. Lambert’s Atlantic goes along as convoy.

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