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1876 : CHALLENGE N°3

First Canadian challenge and victory of Madeleine against Countess of Dufferin.
Schooners last appearance in the Cup.

Countess of Dufferin ready for launching at CobourgThe English offside

After Mr. Ashbury, with his letter writing propensities, had departed, the New York Yacht Club came in for some pretty-severe criticism in England — criticism which the facts, especially as to the last series, did not warrant. The club had conceded many points beyond those imposed under the strict wording...

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The Madeleine’s VictoryThe first race

After the disappointing showing made by his boat in the Brenton Reef race. Major Gifford, her managing owner, asked for a postponement to give him time to get some new light sails made, and it was finally arranged to start the first race, which was to be over the regular New York Yacht Club inside course, on August 11th.

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00231VThe second race

This first race settled pretty conclusively the merits of the two boats and the second race, the following day, was chiefly interesting by reason of the presence of a third boat on the course, though, naturally, not in the contest. This was the old America, which, in racing trim and with a full racing crew aboard, went over the line after the last boat had started and sailed over the course with the contestants.

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