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Paul Pless
01-25-2014, 03:16 PM

Andrew Craig-Bennett
01-25-2014, 03:39 PM
That shot shows her late in her life, with Bermuda rig.

Courtesy of Gavin Atkin's excellent "In the Boatshed", here she is when she was younger, almost new, in fact, racing against the 1893 America's Cup defender VIGILANT. There is almost forty years between the pictures, quite an innings for a racer. She beat VIGILANT, by the way:


Paul Pless
01-25-2014, 03:43 PM
That shot shows her late in her life. . 1930, Holy Loch during Clyde Fortnight

Andrew Craig-Bennett
01-25-2014, 03:50 PM
And here are her saloon doors, a few weeks ago:


King George was Commodore of the Royal Harwich Yacht Club whilst he was Prince of Wales, he became Patron when he became King, and his sailing master, Sir William Burton, was Commodore.

Full Tilt
01-25-2014, 04:03 PM

Phillip Allen
01-25-2014, 04:26 PM
the small boat seems to be on the opposite tack

Andrew Craig-Bennett
01-25-2014, 04:33 PM
I think that's an optical illusion. But notice the man standing on the bowsprit end - presumably to get a clear line of sight through the smaller boats and moored yachts to the start line. The difference in speed between the Big Class and even a 12 metre was considerable.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
01-25-2014, 04:44 PM
Brittannia's most regular opponent was the 23 metre SHAMROCK, (Lipton's regular UK-based racing yacht, not an America's Cup challenger, causing the Kaiser to remark on "My uncle going boating with his grocer"

Paul Pless
01-25-2014, 04:55 PM
the smaller boat still survives, she is Scottish Island Class hull #3, Bernera.

good looking boats, that one design. . .