HISTORY 40 YEARS AGO & 50 YEARS AGO

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the launching and first successful defense by the 12 meter “Intrepid”. It also marks the second successful defense by the 12 meter “Courageous”. Each boat successfully defended the America’s Cup twice. Only one other boat can lay claim to that fact. That was “Columbia” 1899 & 1901. She is no longer with us.

CONSTELLATION & INTREPID 1967
INTREPID 1967
INTREPID
COURAGEOUS

FORTY YEARS AGO/ FIFTY YEARS AGO

Forty years ago about this date we towed to Newport for the start of the selection trials to defend the America’s Cup.

We had had a small regatta in Marblehead over the Memorial day weekend in which “Courageous” was faster on every point of sail. Reggie Pierce looked up from the grinder handles and quipped: “It’s going to be a long summer”. Those words proved to be prophetic.

“Independence” was supposed to be the anointed defender. The rest is history.

“Intrepid” will celebrate 50 years.

INDEPENDENCE CREW 1977
COURAGEOUS CREW 1977
LOOKING BACK AT COURAGEOUS
COURAGEOUS ON OUR WEATHER HIP
TRIMMED IN HARD
BERNADETTE WINS THE AMERICA’S CUP AT THE DOG TRACK
AMERICA’S DEMITASSE 1977
MEASURING THE 12’S

WORKING WATERFRONT, NEWPORT, RI

The Newport of my youth was a working waterfront. fishing boats, commercial boats and yachts co-existing side by side in the same water and the same docks.

Today, the is not a shred of evidence of this life.

KEELGATE RE-VISITED

SUNDAY, AT THE 12 METER YACHT CLUB IN NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND ORGANIZED BY DAN NERNEY WE WERE PRIVILEGED TO LISTEN TO JOOP SLOOF PRESENT HIS STORY OF THE KEEL ON “AUSTRALIA II” WHICH CHANGED THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICA’S CUP.

JOOP SLOOF WAS AN AERODYNAMIC ENGINEER WHO HAD BEEN HIRED BY PIET VAN OOSSANEN WHO RAN THE DUTCH TOWING TANK IN WHICH THE TESTING WAS CONDUCTED FOR BEN LEXAN THE NAVAL ARCHITECT WHO DESIGNED AUSTRALIA II.

JOOP PRESENTED A COMPELLING CASE THAT IN FACT HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE KEEL DESIGN USED ON “AUSTRALIA II”.

THE AUDIENCE COMPRISED OF THOSE WHO LIVED THE EVENTS AND THOSE WHO WERE NOT EVEN BORN WHEN IT ALL TOOK PLACE. ¬†HALSEY HERRESHOFF, WHO HAD NAVIGATED “LIBERTY” AND ALSO A PHD IN AERODYNAMIC ENGINEERING WOULD HAVE HAD A SPECIAL PERSPECTIVE SUGGESTED WHEN ASKED. HALSEY SUGGESTED THAT THE KEEL SHAPE, IE. THE WINGS WOULD NOT HAVE MET THE CHAIN GIRTH MEASUREMENT REQUIREMENT OF THE TWELVE METER RULE. AS FAR AS I KNOW THIS WAS A SUBJECT THAT WAS NEVER PURSUED.

BARBARA LLOYD, WHO COVERED THE AMERICA’S CUP HAD INTERVIEWED JOOP SLOOF AT THE TIME AND WROTE A THROUGH STORY; AGAIN NEVER PURSUED.

THE CONCLUSION OF THE STORY IS THE THE RIGHT THING HAPPENED TO HTE AMERICA’S CUP FOR THE WRONG REASONS.

THE KEEL
THE KEEL
THE CUP
THE CUP
DAN NERNEY
DAN NERNEY
JOOF SLOOP
JOOF SLOOP
JOOF SLOOP AND HALSEY HERRESHOFF
JOOF SLOOP AND HALSEY HERRESHOFF
BARBARA LLOYD AND JOOF SLOOP
BARBARA LLOYD AND JOOF SLOOP

NEWPORT, THEN AND NOW

I ¬†am working on a book of photographs of the Newport Waterfront from the 60’s and 70’s. Today I walked the waterfront to the extent I could and took photographs from as close as I could to the spot where I had taken images all those years ago.

LOOKING TOWARDS NEWPORT YACHT CLUB, THEN
LOOKING TOWARDS NEWPORT YACHT CLUB, THEN
LOOKING TOWARDS NEWPORT YACHT CLUB TODAY
LOOKING TOWARDS NEWPORT YACHT CLUB TODAY

 

LOOKING NORTHEAST TODAY
LOOKING NORTHEAST TODAY
LOOKING FROM BANNISTER'S WHARF TODAY
LOOKING FROM BANNISTER’S WHARF TODAY
LOOKING FROM BANNISTER'S WHARF THEN
LOOKING FROM BANNISTER’S WHARF THEN
LOOKING NORTHEAST THEN
LOOKING NORTHEAST THEN

June 1977

   In May, it was still quite cold. Peter Lawson one day motored from Newport to Marblehead, with “Nanny” a Holmatro powerboat, an attractive stylized boat that was capable of only 8 knots at full speed.
This meant that the trip was much longer than we anticipated. It also meant that this boat could not keep up with the twelves. Sailing upwind exchanging sails was often a problem with “Nanny”.

coageous and independence at bannister’s wharf
dredging bannister’s
independence in lift
ted hood, scott perry,teddy

 Preparation of Bannister’s Wharf(where the Candy Store is located) which would be our base for the summer. included a lift which “Independence”would share with “Courageous”. There was not enough water, so dredging was done in a very original way. If you click on the photo of the tugboat, you will see the crew, something I had never  paid attention to until this posting.
     Each of the crew had assigned responsibilities for boat maintenance, in addition to our jobs as crew. Official measuring the boats, and the June Trials, in the next post.