On her first sea-trials of her racing career, the "Columbia"--- a favourite for the America Cup race---- had the limelight snatched from her.
On her first sea-trials of her racing career, the "Columbia"--- a favourite for the America Cup race---- had the limelight snatched from her. A seaplane circling overhead, watching her progress, came in too low collided with a yacht mast and dived into the sea. So while "Columbia" skimmed across the water, most of the spectators followed the rescue of one rather wet pilot.
Our camera-launch, that was filming the racing vessel, went to the aid of the seaplane pilot who had made an unusual landing. Clinging desperately to one of the detached floats from his aircraft, this sea-bourne aviator waited to be hauled aboard.
When, eventually, he was pulled from the water, the now prominent pilot watched his machine slowly and gently sink!
Despite this excitement "Columbia" continued her runs, showing her paces to those few who were'nt watching one saddened airman being rescued. "Columbia" had her revenge insomuch as she stole the show form yachts competing in the New York Club Regatta, further along the coast. Spectators divided their attentions between America Cup candidate and the races.
"Columbia" is America's principal entry for the September race--the America Cup--and her new crew are bent on beating the British 'mystery' entry,"Sceptre", like "Sceptre" she is a slim, fast 12 metre yacht, delight to watch when she has all her sails catching the wind.