113| Richard Firth (British, b. 1971)

Endeavour And Shamrock V, Neck And Neck, With Britannia And Velsheda Behind

Oil on canvas, 20" x 30"

12000 - 15000

Signed Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith built Endeavour to mount his challenge for the 1934 America's Cup. Endeavour, 130 feet long and rigged to carry 7,560 square feet of sail, was considered the best J-class boat of her day and came extremely close to winning the Cup races of 1934. Skippered by Sopwith himself and using a double-clewed jib designed by him, she was defeated by the American defender Rainbow by only the narrowest of margins.Shamrock V was the last in a line of racing yachts with which the wealthy Sir Thomas Lipton made five unsuccessful challenges for the elusive America's Cup between 1899 and 1930. The fifth and last Shamrock, designed and built by Camper & Nicholson at Gosport in 1930, had a 134-ton displacement. Measuring 119 feet in length with a 20-foot beam, she carried 7,540 square feet of sail and seemed more than a match for the American defender Enterprise right up until the first of the Cup's races on Sept. 13, 1930. Enterprise won the series convincingly, and Lipton died the following year, having never brought home the "Auld Mug" (as the America's Cup trophy is affectionately called). The two yachts are captured here, sailing between the Isle of Wight and mainland England. Though neither managed to capture the America's Cup from the New York Yacht Club, impressively both are still afloat and competing today.


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