• Short Summary

    ANOTHER POTENTIAL DEFENDER OF THE AMERICAS CUP YACHTING TROPHY WAS LAUNCHED YESTERDAY, (TUESDAY), AT THE HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND PORT TOWN OF STAMFORD, IN CONNECTICUT.

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    ANOTHER POTENTIAL DEFENDER OF THE AMERICAS CUP YACHTING TROPHY WAS LAUNCHED YESTERDAY, (TUESDAY), AT THE HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND PORT TOWN OF STAMFORD, IN CONNECTICUT. SHE'S THE 12-METER "AMERICAN EAGLE" BUILT FOR A SYNDICATE HEADED BY MILLIONAIRE INDUSTRIALIST AND SPORTSMAN PIERRE S. DU PONT.

    THE 68 FOOT LONG YACHT WAS LAUNCHED FROM LAUDERS YARD AFTER BEING NAMED BY MR DU PONT'S GRAND-DAUGHTER ELISE DU PONT. AND IT PROVE TO BE A LAUNCHING WITH A NUMBER OF DIFFERENCES; BUT THE MOST MARKED WAS THE FACT THAT "AMERICAN EAGLE" WENT INTO THE WATER WITH HER MAST ALREADY STEPPED.

    DESIGNED BY A.E. LAUDERS JUNIOR, A NOTED AMERICAN NAVAL ARCHITECT, THE YACHT DIFFERS IN A NUMBER OF RESPECTS FROM OTHER 12-METRES. APART FROM HAVING A RUDDER OF UNUSUAL DESIGN, SHE HAS A FLAT DECK INSTEAD OF ONE WHICH SLOPES FROM AMIDSHIPS TO THE GUNWALES, AND SHE HAS A "TRANSOMLESS" STERN, A FEATURE PROVIDING LESS DRAG UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS.

    THE SELECTION OF THE DEFENDER FOR THE AMERICAS CUP WILL TAKE PLACE AFTER A SERIES OF TRIALS DURING THIS (NORTHERN) SUMMER. WITH THE LAUNCHING ABOUT A WEEK AGO OF ANOTHER 12-METRE, CONSTELLATION, THE NEW YORK YACHTS CLUB WILL PROBABLY HAVE FOUR OR FIVE YACHTS FROM WHICH TO SELECT A CRAFT TO MEET THE BRITISH CHALLENGER IN MID-SEPTEMBER.

    APART FROM THE TWO NEW YACHTS, OTHER POTENTIAL DEFENDERS ARE LIKELY TO BE THE VETERANS COLUMBIA, NEFERTITI AND WEATHERLY, WHICH SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED THE CUP AGAINST THE AUSTRALIAN CHALLENGER GRETEL, TWO YEARS AGO.

    THE NAME "AMERICAN EAGLE" HAS A LONG ASSOCIATION WITH THE DU PONT FAMILY. THE ORIGINAL "AMERICAN EAGLE" A 225-TONNER BUILT IN 1795 BROUGHT THE FAMILY FROM EUROPE TO AMERICA IN 1800 DURING A VOYAGE DESCRIBED AS 91 DAYS OF MISFORTUNE AND HARDSHIP.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA95981KGP42LT9CJ1DNGZEC4GQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA95981KGP42LT9CJ1DNGZEC4GQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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