Endeavour and Rainbow, America’s Cup, 1934

162| Richard Firth (British, b. 1971)

Endeavour and Rainbow, America’s Cup, 1934

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Oil on canvas, 14" x 21"

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The 1934 America?s Cup was one of the most controversial in the history of the event. Before the series began, Thomas Sopwith had to fire his professional crew over a pay dispute and hire a group of amateurs from the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club. With the Endeavor in the lead in the first race, officials were forced to interrupt by a drop in wind, though the Endeavor would win the leg two days later and capture the second leg of the series. In the third race, the crew of the Endeavor thought they missed a buoy and in a correction attempt, steered directly into the path of the Rainbow, costing them the race. In the fourth, the Endeavor is forced to bear up in order to avoid a collision and raises a flag in protest that was not accepted by the committee. Tied at two races, the Rainbow brings on a new sailmaker and uses a sail from the Yankee to take a victory. In the sixth leg, Endeavor takes the lead in a triangle shaped course before the Rainbow passes it halfway through, leading the Rain to a 4-2 win in the series. This race was the closest the British would come to winning the America?s Cup since 1851.

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