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1885 : CHALLENGE N°5

The return of the British and the first duel between a sloop, Puritan, and a cutter, Genesta.
First victory of the architect Edward Burgess.

NYYC's Annual Regatta 1868 by Currier & IvesThe problems of the New York Yacht Club

The contest with Canada in 1881 was so unsatisfactory from every point of view that it aroused a strong feeling among the members of the New York Yacht Club that some steps ought to be taken to guard against such fiascos in the future.

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Lieutenant W. Henn and Mrs., owners of the cutter GalateaOne letter for two challenges

No one seemed in a desperate hurry to challenge for the bit of silver, however, and though several rumors of a possible match were heard, it was nearly three years later, or not until December, 1884, that the gauntlet was actually taken up.

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Lancement de PuritanEvolution of yacht design

With the application of naval architecture to yacht design, there was a tendency to break away somewhat from hide-bound tradition in yacht building, and the claims of the English type of deep, narrow cutter were beginning to be heeded and its good points to be taken into consideration.

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Puritan, Priscilla and AtlanticThe trial races

The members of the New York Yacht Club did not give much consideration to the Boston boat when word came that one was being built around the Cape, and she was rather slightingly referred to as the “bean boat” and “brick sloop”, the name of Burgess not being known in New York waters at that time.

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Puritan v GenestaSeveral postponements

September 7th opened with a thick fog hanging over New York Bay, and through this the racers and a big excursion fleet, loaded to the guards with a patriotic and enthusiastic crowd of sightseers, felt their way down to the Scotland lightship off the Hook.

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00206SBy W. P. Stephens - MotorBoating Oct. 1945

GENESTA having been docked for overhauling, and before being refloated, she was measured by John M. Wilson, Measurer of the Club; who performed the same office for Puritan.

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Peintures Photos Gravures Journaux Modeles

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