Today the two contenders for the Americas Cup Challenge both had new masts stepped. The?
Today the two contenders for the Americas Cup Challenge both had new masts stepped. The first at Garden Island dockyard was Dame Pattie, the 12-metre being sponsored for the challenge by a Melbourne syndicate. She was to have her aluminium mast put in place by the big crane. The mast is 92-feet from its foot to the truck. It was to be stepped on the kneel, and stand 83-feet above deck. It weighs one-thousand pounds, the minimum allowed under the Americas Cup rules. In keeping with seafaring tradition, a coin was placed under its foot-a silver sovereign presented by the president of the American Yachting Federation, Mr. Dooley Roosevelt. Dame Pattie will go for her first sail probably tomorrow afternoon.
Not long after Dame Pattie left the dockyard, Gretel the other contender for the challenger, arrived to have her mast put in place. The 12-metre was dismasted off Sydney Heads last weekend, during training exercises with Vim, the only other 12-metre in Australia.
Today, Gretel had her spare mast fitted into place, and her working up traisl are expected to continue at the weekend. Members of the Sydney syndicate backing her, believe extensive alterations have improved her performance when she competed for the Americas Cup in 1962. Later next year, Gretel will be meeting Dame Pattie to officially decide who will represent Australia for the next challenge.