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    Thistle (1887) in dry dock. All metal, built in secrecy, another attempt at the Americas cup





    but one of her crew went on to success in the US.
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    Thistle was built under conditions of great secrecy during the winter of 1886-7 and launched with her hull covered by a huge canvas. After winning or placing second in 13 of 15 Scottish regattas in her first year afloat, Thistle sailed to New York as the challenger in the 1887 America's Cup against the US defender, Volunteer. Skippered by John Barr, she lost both Cup races, and returned to Scotland in September 1887. John Barr's younger brother Charlie Barr was also a crew member who, after emigrating to the United States, went on to achieve success skippering three consecutive successful America's Cup defenders."

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    !!! lovely !!

    watson. I'd like to know more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Oppy View Post
    !!! lovely !!

    watson. I'd like to know more.
    http://www.glwatson.com/about/archive/

    Rainbow/Hamburg 1910



    And it seems a replica is under construction.


    https://peggybawn.wordpress.com/2014...son-i-presume/


    And of course he designed the King's yacht Britannia.

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    Thistle was Watson's first attempt at the Americas cup. Watson himself pointing out that he was inspired by the lines of Bentall/John Harvey's yawl Jullanar. Unsucccesful of course.. watson later concluding that although fast she made too much leeway. Watson's slightly later work tended to increase draft with great keel drag aft..all the while tinkering things around the various rating rules of the day. You can see the deep almost triangular lines in his Varuna, the one -designs Gypsy and Brunette,

    http://www.glwatson.com/recent-proje...lass/#lightbox[gallery-1]/3/

    and Peggy Bawn

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFeg60hbvk0

    Lines of these general type were of course what later inspired Olin Stephens Dorade..

    Brittania was and is generally regarded as Watson's mastererpiece but he himself felt that the great schooners Rainbow and Gleniffer represented the peak of his sail design.

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    Olin Stephens considered Watson and Fife the premier designers of their (or perhaps all) time.
    "It's a pirate's life for me. Savvy??"

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