CAMBRIA

Sandy Hook Lightship & British Yacht CambriaFirst challenger of America’s Cup.

Cambria raced against a NYYC fleet of 14 boats. Magic won the race. Cambria finished 8th on elapsed time 27 minutes and 3 seconds behind the winner (and tenth on corrected time, 39 minutes and 8 seconds after Magic). The schooner was designed and built by Michael Ratsey at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, for James Lloyd Ashbury.

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The Schooner Yacht 'Cambria', 188 Tons, Racing off Ryde, 1868 - Arthur Wellington Fowles"I have always regarded the model of Cambria as one of the finest in the very fine collection in the model room of the New York Yacht Club. I was on board her during several of her races and I think her failure to win was due to clumsiness of rig rather than to a defect in the model."

The compliment was all the more relevant coming from a fine connoisseur and an attentive witness of the first America’s Cup challenges, Captain Roland F. Coffin.

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Lines of CambriaSCIENTIFIC AMERICAN - MAY 21, 1870
The N. Y. Herald thus describes the rival vessels:

The Cambria, schooner, 248 tons, New York Yacht Club measurement, and probably the fleetest of the British yachts, was launched in May, 1868. She is a fine type of the deep and narrow English model, and in external appearance bears a resemblance to the stiffness and stability of a Cunard steamer.

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00287VTHE CAMBRIA WINS

Arrival of the Yacht After a Run of Twenty-three Days and Five Hours.

LogoNYT July 28, 1870 - These celebrated yachts started for their ocean match on Monday, July 4th. from Daunt Rock, about a mile from Cork Head, instead of Old Head, at Kinsale, the alteration being made to enable the public ...

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