Two news items today connected with the America's Cup, that premier yachting trophy that Britain has never yet managed to win.
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Background: Two news items today connected with the America's Cup, that premier yachting trophy that Britain has never yet managed to win.The last British challenger was the SCEPTRE back in 1958; soon a new yacht must be chosen for the fight for the cup.
And many experts say she'll probably be the SOVEREIGN, which tied up in the Hamble today after a tough shake-down cruise from the Clyde where she was built.She's about as different from the SCEPTRE she could be.In her underlines, particularly, she is more in keeping with American twelve meter design.Her sail area underway will approach nineteen hundred square feet.Visitors to Cowes this weekend will have the chance to see her a full canvas when she takes part in the twelve metre events.
Everything has been done to make SOVEREIGN the most serious challenge het to the Americans! The hull design had severe tank tests before it was approved - something SCEPTRE never had.All her ropes are colour coded to make for easier handling under the stress of North Atlantic racing.Verdict of her professional skipper, Geoff Merritt from Burseldon; "She's a lovely ship".
And news too, of an America's Cup veteran, which is already in the Hamble, she's been there since 1947, in fact.The J-Class yacht.
ENDEAVOUR, which came close to winning the cup for Sir Thomas Sopwith in 1934, may end her days in an American Maritime museum on Rhode Island - near the scene of her defeat.
Representatives of the museum have approached ENDEAVOUR'S present owner, Mr.R.S.Clement, with a view to buying her.