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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Mischief, American Cutter Yacht by Robert F. PatersonThe first race

The first race was to have been sailed on November 8th, but light wind made a postponement necessary. Both Gracie and Mischief were on hand, a claim of the right to defend the cup being made for each. The committee made its choice of Mischief that day.

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Illustration shows an American yachtsman shaking hands with Sir Thomas Lipton, with the America's Cup between them.On May 20, 1929, in the rooms of the Broad Street Club, the America's Cup Committee of the N.Y.Y.C. had met to discuss a challenge recently received from the Royal Ulster Yacht Club, acting on behalf of Sir Thomas J. Lipton for a series of races to be held in September, 1930, for The America's Cup. Sixteen years had passed since the receipt of the last challenge, nine since the last series of races, postponed for six years on account of the Great War.

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Shamrock at the Erie Basin, Brooklyn. The beginnings of Lipton and Fife

When Lipton decided to challenge he was content with no half-way measures, and gave designer Fife a carte blanche order to spare no expense, but to turn out the fastest boat that money could produce. William Fife, Jr., was the designer of the successful cutters Clara and Minerva which had raced ...

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02087VWhen the New York Yacht Club was arranging for the defense of the America's Cup, Alexander Smith Cochran was asked if he would join the syndicate to build the Herreshoff boat.
He asked for a few hours to think it over, and then said:
"I have decided not to join your syndicate. If, however, you would like to have a second yacht built for the defense of the America's Cup I will build that yacht."

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William Fife IIIWilliam Fife III OBE (15 June 1857 – 11 August 1944) was the third generation of a family of Scottish yacht designers and builders. He was born in Fairlie, North Ayrshire on the Firth of Clyde. This is where lies the family shipyard established in 1790 by his grandfather. He will live there until his death in 1944.
In 1875, after his studies at Brisbane Academy, he served his apprenticeship in the family yard.

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