• Short Summary

    A LIGHT VARIABLE BREEZE OF BETWEEN FOUR AND SIX MILES AN HOUR WAS BLOWING WHEN CHALLENGER SCEPTRE AND DEFENDER COLUMBIA WERE TOWED TO THE STARTING LINE FOR THE FIRST OF THE AMERICA'S CUP RACES TODAY.

  • Description

    A LIGHT VARIABLE BREEZE OF BETWEEN FOUR AND SIX MILES AN HOUR WAS BLOWING WHEN CHALLENGER SCEPTRE AND DEFENDER COLUMBIA WERE TOWED TO THE STARTING LINE FOR THE FIRST OF THE AMERICA'S CUP RACES TODAY.

    THE START WAS AT A POINT OF OPEN SEA OFF BRENTON'S REEF LIGHTSHIP EIGHT MILES FROM SHORE.

    THE WEATHER BUREAU PREDICTED CLEAR SKIES AND INCREASING SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS STARTING ABOUT AN HOUR AFTER THE 12:10 P.M. EDT START.

    THE BRITISH SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, SIR SELWYN LLOYD, AND THE BRITISH AND U.S. AMBASSADORS TO THE UNITED NATIONS, SIR PIERSON DIXON AND HENRY CABOT LODGE, BOARDED A COAST GUARD CUTTER TO WITNESS THE RACE FROM A CLOSE VANTAGE POINT.

    ACCOMPANIED BY REAR-ADMIRAL E.J. ROWLAND, COMMANDER OF THE FIRST COST GUARD DISTRICT, THESE OFFICIALS WERE PIPED ABOARD THE CUTTER.

    THEY PREFERRED TO WATCH THE RACE FROM CLOSE RANGE RATHER THAN ACCOMPANYING PRESIDENT EISENHOWER AND HIS WIFE, MAMIE, ABOARD THE U.S. DESTROYER MITSCHER.

    A CARNIVAL ATMOSPHERE PREVAILED AS SOME 1,500 SPECTATOR BOATS, SMALL AND LARGE, TOOK TO THE OCEAN TO WATCH RENEWAL OF THE 107-YEAR-OLD RACE.

    MORE THAN 1,100 SPECTATORS PACKED THE DECKS OF THE EXCURSION STEMASHIP BOSTON BELLE WHILE 800 OTHERS, WITH WEEK-LONG RESERVATIONS AT A COST OF UP TO $500, WERE ON ANOTHER EXCURSION LINER, THE AROSA STAR.

    THE COAST GUARD MAINTAINED A TIGHT PATROL OVER THE AREA, TO PREVENT A RECURRENCE OF SPECTATOR BOAT INTERFERENCE WHICH HAS MARRED RACES IN THE PAST.

    SKIES WERE CLEARING AS THE STARTING TIME OF THE RACE NEARED.

    UNLESS THERE IS AN INCREASE IN THE WIND VELOCITY-- AND IT IS EXPECTED TO RISE--THERE MIGHT BE DIFFICULTY IN FINISHING THE RACE WITHIN THE SIX-HOUR TIME LIMIT. UNLESS THE RACE IS FINISHED WITHIN SIX HOURS AFTER THE START IT IS DECLARED NO CONTEST.

    The cup race as much as social and historical event as sporting classic. President Eisenhower watched from a super destroyer and for Britain, Sir Pierson Dixon and Selwyn Lloyd
    The Columbia led from the gun, defending the ancient trophy for the first time in 21 years--the last cup race was in 1937..won for the 16th time by an American boat.

    The start was the most crucial point of the race.

    Sceptre had the favourable position for a few seconds but Columbia moving faster passed her, moved to windward and kept between the British sloop and the slight four-knot breeze. She never looked back.

    The experts say the Columbia proved herself a better boat in a light wind.

    Sceptre's skipper Lt. Cmdr. Graham Mann said the sloop held her own-or gained ground in the occasional six-knot breeze.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA50TWJMEODEXO43FJJMDXAY0WG
    Media URN:
    VLVA50TWJMEODEXO43FJJMDXAY0WG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/09/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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