Deer Isle's Undefeated America's Cup Crews (eBook)

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In 1895, emissaries from the New York Yacht Clubtraveled to Deer Isle, Maine, to recruit the nation’s best sailors, an “AllAmerican” crew. This remote island in Penobscot Bay sent nearly thirty of itsfishing men to sail Defender, andunder skipper Hank Haff, theybeat their opponents in a difficult and controversial series. To the delight ofthe American public, the charismatic Sir Thomas Lipton sent a surprisechallenge in 1899. The New York Yacht Clubknew where to turn and again recruited Deer Isle’s fisherman sailors.Undefeated in two defense campaigns, they are still considered one of the bestAmerican sail-racing teams ever assembled. Read their fascinating story andrelive their adventure.

In 1895, emissaries from the New York Yacht Clubtraveled to Deer Isle, Maine, to recruit the nation’s best sailors, an “AllAmerican” crew. This remote island in Penobscot Bay sent nearly thirty of itsfishing men to sail Defender, andunder skipper Hank Haff, theybeat their opponents in a difficult and controversial series. To the delight ofthe American public, the charismatic Sir Thomas Lipton sent a surprisechallenge in 1899. The New York Yacht Clubknew where to turn and again recruited Deer Isle’s fisherman sailors.Undefeated in two defense campaigns, they are still considered one of the bestAmerican sail-racing teams ever assembled. Read their fascinating story andrelive their adventure.


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