Postal Stationary -
Stamped Envelope - America's
Issued on September 15, 1980 in Newport, Rhode Island
- Fleetwood Cachet with
1893 Winner - Vigilant
Vigilant successfully defended America's Cup against
the British Earl of Dunraven's challenger, Valkyrie II.
This was a best 3 out of 5 match.
Vigilant was designed by Nathanael Herreshoff of Bristol.
She was 124 feet in overall length and was the first large yacht to
be constructed of Tobin Bronze. Her beam was just over 26 feet and
she displaced 96 tons with a total sail area of 11,272 square feet.
She carried a crew of 70.
Vigilant won the first two races handily, however in the
third race the British yacht was well ahead when she blew out two
spinnakers. Vigilant took the lead and in an exciting
finish won the race and the cup by a mere 40 seconds.
Nathanael Herreshoff who became known as the Wizard of
Bristol, designed the next five America's Cup defenders.
of the America's Cup)
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