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1920 : CHALLENGE N°13

Long wait due to change of gauge and the First World War. An "ugly duckling" shook America.

EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE RACE OF 1914.

After the race of 1903 and Sir Thomas Lipton's third failure to "lift" the Cup, ten years passed before a challenge that was satisfactory to the N.Y.Y.C. was accepted and terms agreed upon for a race in the year 1914. This was the longest period of inactivity in America's Cup racing since the first race in this country in 1870.

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Sources: The "America's" cup races by Herbert L. Stone (March 1914)

On this side of the water three boats are being built to defend the Cup, each from the board of a different designer. Following the acceptance of the challenge a syndicate of which Henry Walters was the leading member, was formed in the New York Yacht Club, and went to Nathanael Greene Herreshoff for their boat.

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The boats will be raced throughout the summer, about 35 races being already scheduled before trial races that will be held off Newport, between August 15th and 22nd.

The first of the preliminary races to decide which of the three new sloops, Defiance, Resolute, and Vanitie, shall have the honor of defending ...

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1919

Perseverance Has Won Him Riches
Will Perseverance Win Him Races?

These words were spoken in 1914 by that host of geniality, the saltiest of gay sea dogs, Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton.

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Resolute and Vanitie in elimination series to decide Defender of the America's Cup

NEW YORK, SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 1920.

It is the intention of the New York Yacht Club to resume its elimination contests between Resolute and Vanitie next spring and not pick the defender of the America's Cup until after the series is ended.

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SHAMROCK WINS FIRST RACE AFTER RESOLUTE WITHDRAWS

Defender Was Far in Lead

FRIDAY, JULY 16, 1920 - Yesterday's international yacht race victory will go officially to Shamrock's credit.

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SECOND CUP RACE CALLED OFF WHEN TIME EXPIRES

Challenger is outsailed from start

SUNDAY, JULY 18, 1920 - Resolute took the lead in yesterday's race immediately after the starting signal and was never ...

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Shamrock Wins Second Race by 2 MN 26 S.

Challenger, With Freak Jib, Holds Lead Over Resolute

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 1920 - There was a fresh northwesterly breeze blowing at the rate of about eight miles an hour when the cup yachts cast off their moorings in Sandy Hook Bay shortly after ...

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Resolute Wins Third Race. Yachts sail dead head but Handicap Gives Cup Defender the Victory

Lipton's Boat Passes Rival Near Finish

THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1920 - The Atlantic ocean melodrama did not have the gallery that saw the two fiascos outside the channel.

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RESOLUTE WINS 4th RACE BY 9 MN 58 S.

Cup Series Is Now Tied; Deciding Contest To-day.

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 1920 - It was a runaway race, from the start off Ambrose Lightship, where the defender danced away from the snub-nosed, green boat at the start and flitted into the face of the ten-knot wind.

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FINAL CUP RACE PUT OFF TILL TOMORROW
BREEZE TOO STIFF FOR BOTH CONTESTANTS

SIR THOMAS VEXED BY POSTPONEMENT

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1920 - A twenty-five knot southwester that kicked up a rather riotous sea and made club topsails things to be left ...

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AMERICA'S CUP STAYS HERE
RESOLUTE WINS BY A MILE

TIME LIMIT ALMOST GONE AS DEFENDER CROSSES LINE

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 1920 - When Resolute and Shamrock IV started making ready in Sandy Hook Bay for the fifth and ...

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Photographs of start of Resolute and Shamrock made for The Evening World from Curtiss Airplane, Pilot Olson, at altitude of 250 feet. The pictures were taken by Bide Martin and were delivered within ninety minutes.
Crowds greeted the arrival of The Evening World airplane at Centre and Worth streets to-day, when It brought photographs of the start of the International Yacht Race, taken at Ambrose Channel just as the boats crossed the line.

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Falling production

Little inspiration among the artists for this edition of the Cup. The proximity of the war, the domination of Shamrock in the early series, perhaps the return of yachts to a more reasonable sizeall this has cooled the ardor of painters as photographers.

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