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.
Thomas W. Lawson from Boston, challenged for the America’s Cup in 1901 with a progressive and controversial boat “Independence”. The boat a B. B. Crowinshield design, was launched in May and broken up by September. He left his mark on the event none-the-less, publishing what many consider the definitive work about the America’s Cup: The Lawson history of the America’s Cup.” Despite this there is little evidence left of his life. He built his dream farm in Scituate “Dreamworld” There is very little left of his accomplishments. The water tower still stands. Stands out is a better description; unlike anything surrounding it.