MADELEINE

The Madeleine's victory over the Countess of Dufferin, third America's Cup challeger, August 11, 1876Insolent domination

“Madeleine leads the squadron into port!” In 1873, Jacob B. Voorhis’ centerboard schooner impressed many with its performances against the New York Yacht Club fleet. Among other exploits, this was the year when Madeleine won the two most desired trophies reserved for schooners, the Bennett and the Douglas Cups.

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The boat which the New York Yacht Club picked to meet the Canadian challenger was the schooner Madeline, owned by John S. Dickerson, then commodore of the Brooklyn Yacht Club. There was no question that this boat was entitled to be called the “champion” American schooner, as she had been the most consistent racer in the fleet since 1873, and in that year is said to have won every regatta in which she started.

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