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J Class and Big Class - 1800's to date
BRITANNIA AND SATANITA
1893 - The summer of 1893 saw these large class yachts having a spectacular season together. This race took place at Torbay and was hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. Their mark boat is on the right.
BRITANNIA LEADS THE J FLEET OFF PLYMOUTH
Britannia leads the J Fleet off Plymouth - the big yachts had a spectacular summer in 1935, here seen racing off Plymouth.
CLOSE ENCOUNTER
Two 1930's Schooners crashing to windward in the Channel.
CROSS RIP RENDEZVOUS
The Cross Rip Light has been an important navigational aid to vessels in the treacherous shoals around Nantucket.
ENCHANTRESS
She was built in 1869 in New York Bay by Capt. Bob Fish. She followed in the wake of the yacht "America" and raced in England. Enchantress is seen here ghosting along New York Bay, passing Constitution. Constitution was known as Old Ironsides and was a training ship for apprentices in the late 1870s. Limited Edition lithographs printed in Paris on heavy watercolour stock, in a minimum of 20 colours, with exceptional luminosity.
INDEPENDENCE
1901 - In company with other large class yachts, the scow Independence shows a fine burst of speed in her bid to defend in the 1901 America Cup Races.
NINA AND BRITANNIA
Britannia was King George V's racing yacht, which won many flags over her 40 year career. Here she is seen prior to her J Class Rig. Nina won the TransAtlantic Race in 1928 and is shown in that year, in company with Britannia.
RAINBOW & CLEOPATRAS BARGE II
Rainbow & Cleopatra's Barge II - Rainbow, Harold Vanderbilt't second America Cup defence boat, rendevous with Francis Crowninshield's luxury schooner Cleopatra's Barge II off Brenton Point, Rhode Island.
ROUNDING THE CORINTHIAN MARK OFF NORRIS CASTLE
The yawl is "beating" off Norris Castle, more of the spectacular landfall views on the Isle of Wight
SCHOONERS OF THE NEW YORK YACHT CLUB
Round the lightship and home, schooners of the New York Yacht Club racing off Sandy Hook in 1910.
THE BIG RACING CUTTERS
In 1903 Shamrock III was to be Sir Thomas Lipton's 3rd challenge for the Cup in 5 years. She was an unworthy antagonist for Reliance, the defender, which was the most impressive of all yachts ever to sail in the America's Cup Races
THE J CLASS
Charles Nicholson designed Endeavour II for Sir Thom. Sopwith. She was beautiful and very fast. Unfortunately for him, W. Starling Burgess and Olin Stephens had designed Ranger a better boat, for "Mike" Vanderbilt, which was to become known as the 'Ultimate J'. She won every race in the series. In the 37 races of her one and only season, she lost only 2.
TICONDEROGA
1993 - The beautiful Herreshoff designed ketch Ticonderoga is ahead of her rivals, Altair, Sumuran and Royono in this friendly race off Rhode Island. She has recently been totally renovated to a very high standard.
TWELVE METERS BEATING THE WINDWARD
1993 - The beautiful Herreshoff designed ketch Ticonderoga is ahead of her rivals, Altair, Sumuran and Royono in this friendly race off Rhode Island. She has recently been totally renovated to a very high standard.
VELSHEDA & THE FLEET
Velsheda was build by W.L. Stevenson in the 1930s and was very successful during her racing career in England, she looked very elegant on the summertime racing circuits. She has been fully restored and is till racing to this day. The name is made up of Mr. Stevenson's three daughters names, Velma, Shiela and Daphne. She is shown here off Fowey in 1935.
WESTWARD
Westward was built of steel by Herreshoff in Rhode Island in 1910. In her first year of racing she started no more than eleven times and each time crossed the line first. She was practically unbeatable in a strong quartering wind. Before the outbreak of the Great War she was sold to Germany. She survived the waR but was sunk in 1947 in Hurd Deep, after the death of her owner. Limited Edition lithographs printed in Paris on heavy watercolour stock, in a minimum of 20 colours, with exceptional luminosity.
WHITE HEATHER & SHAMROCK
23 metres of elegance White Heather and Shamrock are racing off Elberry Cove, Torbay in the 1920s. Shamrock was owned by Sir. Thomas Lipton and was a totally different yacht to his five America Cup Challenger yachts also called Shamrock.
YANKEE AND ENDEAVOUR
Yankee luffs towards Endeavour on a beat to windward off Newport 1935.
YANKEE OFF THE NEEDLES
In the summer of 1935, Yankee was brought over to England by her owner Gerard Lambert, she had an excellent racing season, coming second overall. She is shown off the Needles, Isle of Wight.
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